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By which I mean that they could not be shaven, due to some sort of magic on them. Or are they simply omnipresent, but not magically protected?

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    IS there any reason to believe it would be unshaveable?
    – Edlothiad
    Commented Mar 4, 2021 at 19:23
  • Because all dwarves have them...it seems to be part of their nature, almost. Commented Mar 4, 2021 at 19:25
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    All Men have hair yet it's not uncuttable... flawed logic
    – Edlothiad
    Commented Mar 4, 2021 at 21:50

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Per The History of Middle Earth Vol. 11

The Naugrim were ever, as they still remain, short and squat in stature; they were deep-breasted, strong in the arm, and stout in the leg, and their beards were long. Indeed this strangeness they have that no Man nor Elf has ever seen a beardless Dwarf - unless he were shaven in mockery, and would then be more like to die of shame than of many other hurts that to us would seem more deadly.

It's not clear how this fact is known, but that a dwarf can be shaved (if under duress) is evident.


Their beards can also be burned by dragonfire.

"The few of us [dwarves] that were well outside sat and wept in hiding, and cursed Smaug; and there we were unexpectedly joined by my father and my grandfather with singed beards. They looked very grim but they said very little.

The Hobbit, or There and Back Again

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  • Well, maybe they still would have had part of their beard, like the mustache, goatee, or sideburns. But I see that this answer is probably quite correct, so I thank you for it. Commented Mar 4, 2021 at 19:29
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It doesn't say shaving particularly, in the sense of removing all traces, but at least at the time of Bilbo's adventure Dwarven facial hair was cuttable.

From The Hobbit, chapter 8, "Flies and Spiders":

Somehow or other Fili was got on to the branch, and then he did his best to help the hobbit, although he was feeling very sick and ill from spider-poison, and from hanging most of the night and the next day wound round and round with only his nose to breathe through. It took him ages to get the beastly stuff out of his eyes and eyebrows, and as for his beard, he had to cut most of it off.

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