Mythological creatures typically described as short in stature, but making up for a lack of height with a strong torso, muscular arms and immense work ethic. Often depicted with an aptitude for smithing, mining, construction and metalwork, they are described as clanish and prefer to live and work ...

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Were dwarves more numerous in Rhûn than in the West?

I remember reading that four of the seven dwarf families resided in the Orocarni. Does this mean that dwarves were more common in the East than the West?
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Why did Sauron Want the 7 rings back after his return?

Sauron in the second age gave seven rings to the dwarf lords. This had many effects with the main one being greed and avarice. The reason he gave the dwarves these rings was presumably so that he ...
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Are dwarves emotionally constricted?

The basic premise of magic in Dragon Age is that it relies on a connection to "the Fade" -- an otherworldly realm where mortal logic doesn't hold sway. Humans and all the other sapient peoples have ...
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How much does the average adult male Dwarf weigh?

According to 'Tolkien Gateway', their average height is between 4-5' tall but there's no weight range guesstimates. I assume they're pretty well built and muscular, especially the 'warrior class', but ...
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Bifur, Bofur and Bombur: From Moria but not related to Durins folk?

It is mentioned in the Hobbit that Bifur, Bofur and Bombur are not descendents of Durin but are of the people of Moria dwarves. This confuses me, since Durins folk is strongly tied to Moria: ...
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Who were the seven forefathers of the Dwarves, besides Durin?

It is told in the Silmarillion that Aule created the seven fathers of the dwarves. The most prominent of course being Durin, the ancestor of most (all?) dwarves that feature in LotR and The Hobbit. ...
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In The Hobbit (Book), what was the layout of the barricade on the Front Gate of the Lonely Mountain?

In the book it has this image: In the book, it says that they built a wall of bricks covering it, but it also said that they could climb in and out with ladders and ropes, and sit on top of it. How ...
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How is Smaug aware that there is a war coming when all he did was lie in all the dwarves gold at Erebor?

How is Smaug aware of the fact that there is a war coming when all he has done is lie amongst the gold that he stole from the dwarves at Erebor? He mentions that there is a war coming but how would ...
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Do Tauriel and Kili find love in The Hobbit? Although Tauriel is not actually in the novel? Does anyone know this out of interest? [duplicate]

There seems to be a love triangle brewing in the Hobbit Story. I have just been to see the second instalment of Peter Jacksons (remarkable) interpretation of The Hobbit and I am intrigued as to where ...
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Are dwarfs born with beards?

I was wondering whether dwarfs (e.g. the ones from LOTR) are born with a beard. I've just read something about baby hedgehogs getting born with a membrane on their spikes from hurting their mom ...
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Difference between elves and dwarves blacksmithing in the Lord of the Rings

Both the elves and the dwarves were famous for their metal work in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but what is the difference between what they made, and which one had the better skill of making amours ...
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Why are dwarves associated with mining?

Everyone from Tolkien to the Brothers Grimm has dwarves delving under the earth, mining for jewels and precious metals. To the Brothers Grimm, surely, dwarves were just small humans, not a race or ...
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What does Gimli's axe look like?

Does Gimli have a single-sided or a double-sided axe? (Please answer only with quotes from the Lord of the Rings or other Tolkien books, I've done enough speculation myself.)
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What is Thorin's hair colour?

I read through "The Hobbit" book trying to find something about Thorin's hair, but I didn't see anything. Has anybody noticed something I haven't?
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Why are Dwarves usually shown to like Axes?

Inspired by this question and this question, why do dwarves use (battle)axes so much? They are meant to be miners and smiths traditionally, which explains hammers and picks, but why would they have a ...
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Why did the Dwarven Rings of Power cause greed?

I was reading through some of the questions and answers here on the Rings of Power and I just wondered why the ring effects, affected different races in a slightly different way. I know other ...
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Why didn't the dwarf women have beards in The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey?

I may have missed it with the 3D, but I could have sworn I saw what I suspect was a lady Dwarf or two running from the Erebor in the beginning of the Hobbit, but they didn't seem bearded. If dwarf ...
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Did Tolkien originate the idea of dwarven women as being visually indistinguishable from dwarven men?

Inspired by this question: Is the theory that dwarf women look like dwarf men limited to the works of Tolkien? The answer to the above question is no as there are other works which continue the trend ...
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Is the theory that dwarf women look like dwarf men limited to the works of Tolkien?

We saw Gimli discussing dwarf women with Eowyn in the The Two Towers: Gimli: It's true you don't see many dwarf women. And in fact, they are so alike in voice and appearance, that they are often ...
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Was there any reason for Gimli having a scottish accent in the LOTR films?

I can see no good reason for Gimli having a scottish accent and I just wonder if there is any information on why this was deemed necessary? Is it supposed to be indicative of a Dwarvish accent in ...
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Did the Dwarves do anything to help during the War of the Ring? [duplicate]

In the LOTR series elves, men, hobbits and even eagles are a major help to the destruction of the ring and the saving of Middle-Earth. Dwarves didn't seem to be taking much part in this war. Am I ...
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Why don't Elves like Dwarves?

Is there a specific reason that most elves aren't very fond of the dwarves in Tolkien's writings?
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Please help me identify a bad pulp novel from the mid 1980s

This is the sort that made it to the shelf of a drug store prior to about 1988. The blurb on the back told of dwarves hiding underneath the Canadian tundra, and an enslaved man that they rode as their ...
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Why was the riddle on the way to Moria written in elvish?

I just caught my housemates watching Lord of The Rings, at the scene where the fellowship enters the 'Mines' of Moria. The Writing on the entrance is in elvish though, despite this being a Dwarvish ...
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Was Gimli the last of his race?

In the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, dwarves play a fairly central role: They drive the entire plot of The Hobbit, and much of Fellowship is centered upon Moria, the dwarven stronghold. We see ...