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Aulë created the first 7 Dwarven fathers, from whom 7 Dwarven clans rose. But how did they reproduce into even more clans, if it's known that the first Dwarves were men, and Dwarves reproduce sexually?

Duplicate This question is not a duplicate of this one because my question asks how did dwarves reproduced if in the beginning there were no female dwarves, while this question asks the general origin of dwarves, so please remove the duplicate flag.

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    The short answer is that they took wives, indicating that wives were created at much the same time. – Valorum Dec 4 '16 at 21:16
  • 6 of the first seven Dwarven Fathers were laid to rest with wives. Durin, the first Dwarf to be created, was laid to rest on his own. There are only 7 Dwarven families, but more groups of those families. – Edlothiad Dec 4 '16 at 21:32
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    Perhaps Tolkien saw no problem introducing the same confusion found in the Bible: The first humans (Adam and Eve) had two sons (Cain and Abel). Cain killed Abel and then somehow found a woman to marry. – Blackwood Dec 4 '16 at 22:33
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    Eru ("God") only gave sentient life to the original 13 dwarves created by Äule. – Edlothiad Dec 5 '16 at 8:39
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    @Valorum where was I implying that dwarves are related to men? The wives explain it, I was not aware there were any. – Ben Dec 5 '16 at 11:15