On Feb 12, 2013, at 8:06 AM, Andrea Luxenburg wrote:
> Cute! Do you know if it is actually taken from Tolkien, or directly from the Norse?
Interesting proposition. Hadn't occurred to me. On general principles (i.e., accessibility of the name) I'd bet on Tolkien.
[gloating on your behalf] Made me look! [/gloat] Turns out the original paper is in the public domain and available by following a footnote in Wikipedia.
This has a link to the full PDF.
'Origin of name: The name Beorn is that of the now storied magical bear of the Wilderland in the Third Age of Middle-earth. "Some say that he is a bear descended from the great and ancient bears
of the mountains..." (J. R. R. Tolkien, 937, The Hobbit).' [errors in the scan of the article corrected]
BTW, Legg is the person who actually collected the fossil.The analysis and the naming were done by Kenneth W. Cooper.
I continue to be amazed by the world of the Internet.
> What about the diminutive hominid from Indonesia or thereabouts known colloquially as hobbit? Does that count?
Matter of opinion, I'd say. It's great fun, but a nickname is not so impressive as something formally published and adopted as the unique official name.