I know that Gimli's referred to as
Gimli, son of Gloin, but I was discussing Lord of the Rings on a forum today, and someone argued that Gimli's a female. Their pieces of evidence that point this out are:
- Gimli's explanation of females of his species (in an appendix in the books, and in the film he explains this to Eowyn)
- Galadriel calling him a gentler, more refined Dwarf
- Legolas apparently noticed (I'm requesting more information on what he noticed, as I don't recall this from the books)
Did Tolkien ever comment on this outside of the books? Was Gimli meant to secretly be female?