In the The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings series, there are many descriptions of dwarves. But there isn't any mention of female dwarves. Are there any in-universe mentions of female dwarves? If there aren't, then how do they reproduce? Is there any explanation from Tolkien?


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There were dwarf women. One is mentioned by name in Tolkien's work, Dís, the daughter of Thraín II.

From Appendix A of The Lord of the Rings:

Dís was the daughter of Thraín II. She is the only Dwarf-woman named in these histories. It was said by Gimli that there are few dwarf-women, probably no more than a third of the whole people. They seldom walk abroad except at great need. They are in voice and appearance, and in garb if they must go on a journey, so like to the dwarf-men that the eyes and ears of other peoples cannot tell them apart. This has given rise to the foolish opinion among men that there are no dwarf-women, and that the dwarves 'grow out of stone'.

Dwarf-women are not mentioned in the major stories. They were few, and did not go abroad much, so they probably could add very little to the plot.

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    I think the mother of two of the Dwarves from the Hobbit is mentioned (if not named) as well. Dec 29, 2018 at 11:34
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    @JamesDouglas: That's the same woman: Dís is Thorin's sister and the mother of Fili and Kili. Dec 29, 2018 at 11:57
  • @TimPederick Ah thanks! I haven't read it in a while... Dec 29, 2018 at 15:07

In The Two Towers, one of the characters asks the same question to the dwarf master, and he responds by saying that dwarf women look a lot like male dwarfs, even in the beard.

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    Dec 29, 2018 at 15:10
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    Dec 29, 2018 at 16:50
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    Dec 30, 2018 at 15:40

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