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 I can find no weight charts. A solid healthy weight for a 5' tall human male is about 125 pounds. How stocky are these guys?

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    I'd guess at least 150-200, but I've never seen any sources either
    – The Fallen
    Commented Apr 12, 2014 at 1:48
  • @SSumner That sounds a bit high to me. During the battle at Helm's Deep Aragorn does toss Gimli about 15-18 feet onto the bridge and into a gaggle of Orcs you know. hehe I'm sure I couldn't toss 175 pounds plus armor that far.
    – Morgan
    Commented Apr 12, 2014 at 4:38
  • Aragorn is a bit 'superhuman' at times, but think about it. A solid healthy weight is 125, and Dwarves are most definitely significantly thinner. I'd say there's no way he's under 150. Maybe he's close to 150, but not less IMO. 200 lbs was more the Bombur end of the spectrum.
    – The Fallen
    Commented Apr 12, 2014 at 11:39
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    @SSumner True that about Aragorn. A quick search shows that Viggo Mortensen who played Aragorn, stands 5'11" and weighs 180 pounds. An average sized guy, so a bit hard to believe the toss. The real Aragorn however, was actually a 6'6", 250 pound old-school stud. Who could probably make that toss 1 handed. Dwarves do seem to be pretty thick and stocky. A 4'6" 150 pound dude in chainmail would be a bulldozer.
    – Morgan
    Commented Apr 12, 2014 at 18:51

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Using a very powerfully built 5' tall adult human male and the following description from the Silmarillion, we can arrive at a reasonable guestimate of the body weight of the average healthy adult Dwarf male.

"Since they were to come in the days of the power of Melkor, Aulë made the dwarves strong to endure. Therefore they are stone-hard, stubborn, fast in friendship and in enmity, and they suffer toil and hunger and hurt of body more hardily than all other speaking peoples; and they live long, far beyond the span of Men, yet not forever." ― The Silmarillion, "Of Aulë and Yavanna" http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Dwarves<

Considering that a human world class Olympic level power-lifter standing 5' tall (the upper limit of Dwarf height) weighs in at about 140 pounds and that someone 6" shorter (comparable to average Dwarf height) would be comparatively lighter. And factoring in that a Dwarf frame and musculature is likely more dense than a human so we can add back that body mass plus a bit more. The final factor to consider is that Legolas and Gimli doubled-up while riding Arod in their search for Merry and Pippin. Their combined weight was less than if either had doubled up with Aragorn on Hasufel. This leads to the conclusion that though a Dwarf is more 'dense' than a comparable height human, their body weight is not equal to an average size human male.

Based on these factors and the evidence above, and subject to further information or disclosure, it can reasonably be concluded that the average healthy adult Dwarf male weighs in at approximately 150 pounds.


I would go even denser than 150, and say this:

By default dwarves are built stocky, so they are going to have a wider heavily boned frame and extra dense muscle.

Height lean muscular chubby/strong flabby fat obese
4' 150 160 190 180 200 260
4.5' 160 190 220 200 240 300
5' 170 220 250 220 280 340

Example wise: taking a decent cross-section:

The entire line of Durin as depicted in the films are lean Dwarves. Kili looks half-starved in the promotional pictures. Granted the brothers are barely out of their lanky teen years by dwarf standards. But seriously Kili needs a "sammich". Fili is shorter and more of the standard stocky frame. Thorin although further up the scale as far as being the muscular warrior type, is still very lean VS Dwalin who is massively built like a Biker Bouncer, seriously wouldn't want to be on his bad side! (although wouldn't mind him helping with the round bales...)

The Morian Dwarve cousins, Bifur, Bofur and Bombur, are even shorter and stockier than the royal line. Bifur is 4.5” and would bet in the range of 190lbs , Bofur is 4.8” and I would guess a slightly chubby 180lbs, Bombur is 4.5, and I would guess a fat 245-260 in the films, although I would put him up to 350 in LOTR books because by them he is immobile... I kid you not Tolkien was the biggest asshole to poor Bombur and milked him as the fat archetype even in that book.


From Wiki:

Dwarves, sometimes called the Stout Folk, were a tough, tradition-abiding folk known for their strong martial traditions and beautiful craftsmanship.


Physical characteristics

Dwarves were a short race, as their name implied, standing from 4'3" – 4'9" on average. What Dwarves lacked in height they made up for in bulk; they were, on average, about as heavy as humans A dwarf could weigh anywhere from about 160 – 220 lbs (73 – 100 kg).[3] Dwarven males were a bit taller and heavier than their female counterparts. Like humans, dwarves had a wide variety of skin, eye, and hair colors, typically pale. Hazel eyes were common throughout the race, with blue eyes more common amongst shield dwarves and brown or green eyes found amongst the gold dwarves.

Dwarves were a long-lived race, and reached physical maturity somewhat later than humans. A dwarf was traditionally considered an adult once he or she reached age fifty. Dwarves aged much like humans but over a longer period of time, remaining vigorous well past 150 years. Most dwarves lived to see their bicentennial and a few lived to be over 400.


Dwarves were unusually tough for humanoids, in more ways than one. Dwarves were resistant to virtually all poisons and it took less effort for a dwarf to get back on its feet than other races. Dwarves also had dense bodies and were difficult to push around as a result, as well as having the capacity to bear loads that other races might find hindering with little ill effect.

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    Next time you copy-paste information from somewhere, could you link back to the original source? Otherwise, it's plagiarism. I notice that the Wiki has a source of its own for the dwarves' weight, have you investigated that source? It might make for a stronger answer. Finally, I would encourage you to sign up for an account here, which would allow you to edit your answers instead of spamming the question with answers every time you find something new.
    – F1Krazy
    Commented May 10, 2018 at 18:49
  • It seems you are a little confused about how the site works, as we expect one answer rather than several posts from a single user. I would recommend you take the tour and read the help section for more information,
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    Commented May 10, 2018 at 18:50

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