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Mythological creatures typically described as short in stature, but making up for a lack of height with a strong torso, muscular arms and immense work ethic. Often depicted with an aptitude for smithing, mining, construction and metalwork, they are described as clanish and prefer to live and work beneath ground.

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How many axes did Gimli bring on the quest of the Fellowship?

In the LotR movies, Gimli leaves Rivendell with the Fellowship directly following the Council of Elrond. Yet he seems to have an absurd number of axes with him. One is destroyed when he tries to ...
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Was Gimli the last of his race?

In the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, dwarves play a fairly central role: They drive the entire plot of The Hobbit, and much of Fellowship is centered upon Moria, the dwarven stronghold. We see ...
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Is there a legal system in Middle-earth?

I was re-watching the Hobbit films last weekend, and noticed in "An Unexpected Journey", there is a scene in Bag End where the Dwarves present Bilbo with a contract, outlining the many potential ...
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Where do the Dwarves put all the stone from the Mines of Moria?

In Lord of the Rings, the Fellowship of the Ring heads into the Mines of Moria to escape from the Watcher in the Water after attempting to cross over the Misty Mountains. Inside the Mines of Moria ...
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Do dwarf women have beards?

In light of Amazon's recent depiction of a non-bearded dwarf woman, and some of the recent controversy around this, the question is what exactly did Tolkien say about bearded dwarf women? Popular ...
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Why aren't Dwarves immortal?

Ever since I read The Silmarillion, I've been wondering why the Dwarves were created mortal. Since mortality is the gift of Men from Ilúvatar, it didn't make sense to me that Dwarves also have the ...
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Why was Gimli of such a low rank, compared to the other representatives chosen for the Fellowship?

Part of the members of the Fellowship were chosen as representatives of their race: Legolas for the Elves, Boromir for mankind and Gimli for the dwarves. Of those three, two were the heirs of a ruler ...
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Why don't Elves like Dwarves?

Is there a specific reason that most elves aren't very fond of the dwarves in Tolkien's writings?
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Why did Sauron want the Seven Rings back after his return?

Sauron in the second age gave seven rings to the dwarf lords. This had many effects with the main one being greed and avarice. The reason he gave the dwarves these rings was presumably so that he ...
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Where did the Dwarves get their food from?

In Tolkien's writings, dwarves are practically always (to my knowledge) pictured as living in underground halls, inside mountains, etc. We never hear about dwarves working fields and pastures, or even ...
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How many dwarves of Thorin's ex company were alive during The War of Ring?

I googled something about this, and somewhere I've found an information which says that 7 dwarves of Thorin's ex company were alive during the War of Ring, but I can't find it again. Anyway, on LOTR ...
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Why were the doors of Moria made so easy to open?

Dwarves are supposed to be suspicious and secretive. It doesn't make sense to let anyone who knows the Elvish word for friend have access to the mines. And as we see in FoTR, the "riddle" does prove ...
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Why are Dwarves usually shown to like Axes?

Inspired by this question and this question, why do dwarves use (battle)axes so much? They are meant to be miners and smiths traditionally, which explains hammers and picks, but why would they have a ...
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Were the dwarves in "The Lord of The Rings" accidents/created out of jealousy?

My little brother claims that the dwarves in The Lord of the Rings were created out of jealousy by one of the Valar who looked at what the others had created (namely, Elves) and said "I should ...
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Do the dwarves grow weary of Middle-earth

This answer suggests that, like the Eldar, the Dwarves grow weary of Middle-earth. I had never considered that notion before. The passage is: Also, the Noldor's purpose was to prevent the decay of ...
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Why didn't the dwarf women have beards in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey?"

I may have missed it with the 3D, but I could have sworn I saw what I suspect was a lady Dwarf or two running from the Erebor in the beginning of The Hobbit, but they didn't seem bearded. If dwarf ...
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Why didn't the Moria record-taker fight more and write less?

I can't quite get my head around the psychology of the dwarf who had the job of taking notes during Balin's excursions into Moria. The Fellowship comes across this record when they passed through ...
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Aren't dwarves supposed to be short?

Single and minor spoiler in this post, but not really. In Avengers: Infinity War, we see the Dwarf King of Nidavellir -- Eitri. When looking up the Dwarves of Nidavellir, (and Eitri), the ...
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Are dwarfs born with beards?

I was wondering whether dwarfs (e.g. the ones from LOTR) are born with a beard. I've just read something about baby hedgehogs getting born with a membrane on their spikes from hurting their mom (...
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Why did Tolkien choose to end this blood line?

Spoilers for the Hobbit ahead At the end of the Battle of the Five Armies, Does Tolkien discuss why he did so in any letters/writings? Is there any literary or historical (as important for the ...
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How does interspecies reproduction work in the Lord of the Rings universe?

So, I know that there is a race in The Lord of the Rings of Peredhil (half elf). Also, in The Hobbit (film trilogy, not book), there is a romance between a dwarf and an elf. My question is, how do man/...
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Did the Dwarves do anything to help during the War of the Ring? [duplicate]

In the LOTR series elves, men, hobbits and even eagles are a major help to the destruction of the ring and the saving of Middle-Earth. Dwarves didn't seem to be taking much part in this war. Am I ...
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What are the origins of "Dwarf Tossing" in fantasy fiction?

Where did the idea of 'Dwarf Tossing' come from in fantasy? I am pretty sure I first came across it in Blood Bowl and it famously happened to Gimli in the Two Towers film adaptation. But it feels ...
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Why do the dwarves and elves hate each other?

In nearly every single medieval story Elves and Dwarves hate each other, or at least are very unfriendly towards each other. As I have read, watched and played many a lore of the medieval genre it ...
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Who were the seven forefathers of the Dwarves, besides Durin?

It is told in the Silmarillion that Aule created the seven fathers of the dwarves. The most prominent of course being Durin, the ancestor of most (all?) dwarves that feature in LotR and The Hobbit. ...
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Why did the Dwarven Rings of Power cause greed?

I was reading through some of the questions and answers here on the Rings of Power and I just wondered why the ring effects, affected different races in a slightly different way. I know other ...
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Did Tolkien originate the idea of dwarven women as being visually indistinguishable from dwarven men?

Inspired by this question: Is the theory that dwarf women look like dwarf men limited to the works of Tolkien? The answer to the above question is no as there are other works which continue the trend ...
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Why was Gimli given a Scottish accent in the Lord of the Rings films?

I can see no good reason for Gimli having a Scottish accent, and I just wonder if there is any information on why this was deemed necessary? Is it supposed to be indicative of a Dwarvish accent in ...
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Why is it "dwarves" and not "dwarfs"?

Throughout the Legendarium, Tolkien uses "dwarves" as the plural for "dwarf". However, as this extremely smoothed Google Ngram search shows, "dwarfs" has always been the more popular choice: ...
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How is Smaug aware that there is a war coming when all he did was lie in all the dwarves gold at Erebor?

How is Smaug aware of the fact that there is a war coming when all he has done is lie amongst the gold that he stole from the dwarves at Erebor? He mentions that there is a war coming but how would ...
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How did dwarves living underground handle trash and sewage?

Sure, nobody really poops anyways, but maybe some dwarf somewhere did once need to poop or pee and the rest of the dwarves made some accommodation for such a contingency. Is there any info about this ...
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Did Thráin have one of the seven rings?

In the Hobbit film it emphasises Thráin's lust for gold and the insanity this bought on. Was this caused by only the gold, or did he posses one of the Seven rings given to Dwarfs which could corrupt?
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How much Dwarvish appears in Tolkien's work?

The comments on this question led to an interesting conversation about the Dwarvish language (apparently known as Khuzdul among the Dwarves themselves). The conversation centered on Gimli's battle ...
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Is the theory that dwarf women look like dwarf men limited to the works of Tolkien?

We saw Gimli discussing dwarf women with Eowyn in the The Two Towers: Gimli: It's true you don't see many dwarf women. And in fact, they are so alike in voice and appearance, that they are often ...
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What does Gimli's axe look like?

Does Gimli have a single-sided or a double-sided axe? (Please answer only with quotes from the Lord of the Rings or other Tolkien books, I've done enough speculation myself.)
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Why are dwarves associated with mining?

Everyone from Tolkien to the Brothers Grimm has dwarves delving under the earth, mining for jewels and precious metals. To the Brothers Grimm, surely, dwarves were just small humans, not a race or ...
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Does Mary Stone have a beard?

I've not gotten a hold of Rune Service: Dwarf for Hire yet, but I have noticed the two covers have a conflicting depiction for Mary Stone, the main character. . Obviously the production value between ...
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What happened to the dwarves' instruments?

The dwarves in The Hobbit brought their instruments to Bilbo's hole. Did they leave their fiddles, viols, drum, harp, flutes and clarinets there or take them on the whole journey? (I noticed that ...
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Who were the seven dwarves Sauron gave the Rings of Power to?

Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky, Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone, Nine for Mortal Men, doomed to die, One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne In the Land of ...
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The city of Erebor

What happens to the city of Erebor after the Hobbit series? Because the city doesn't show up in the Lord of the rings series.
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Why could the dwarves only enter Erebor with the secret passage?

Please bear with me as I've never read any of the LOTR books or the Hobbit, only seen the movies so far... But when the sunlight fades and the dwarves think they've lost their only chance to enter ...
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Is there more information about dwarves wearing masks in battle?

In the Silmarillion, it says that during the Fifth Battle, it was the custom of the Naugrim to wear great masks in battle, hideous to look upon, and the masks stood them in great stead against the ...
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Does a Dwelf, Dwarf / Elf hybrid ever appear in any Fantasy, besides D&D?

In the Dungeons and Dragons role-playing games there exists the Dwelf, which is a hybrid between Dwarf and Elf. The Hobbit movie franchise shows a romance between the dwarf Kili and the elf Tauriel....
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Why Were Dwarves in the Shire?

In the LOTR there are many occasions where people in the Shire mention that strange folk are abroad, including dwarves. Now, it is known that the dwarves did not have any large fighting in the War of ...
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Difference between elves and dwarves blacksmithing in the Lord of the Rings

Both the elves and the dwarves were famous for their metal work in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but what is the difference between what they made, and which one had the better skill of making amours ...
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Were dwarves more numerous in Rhûn than in the West?

I remember reading that four of the seven dwarf families resided in the Orocarni. Does this mean that dwarves were more common in the East than the West?
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Did Tolkien invent enough Dwarvish to carry on a conversation? [duplicate]

I read the glossaries of the Lord of the Rings books and it said that the language spoken by the Dwarves was not spoken to others except for a few words. That got me wondering if Tolkien had ever even ...
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Animated movie with dwarves who don't have hearts

I watched this animated movie when I was a kid, between 1998 and 2015. In the movie there was a race of dwarves and it was known that they didn't have hearts. When emptiness started to take over and ...
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What was the origin of Durin's Line?

In the beginning, Aule the Smith created the Seven Dwarf Fathers and six wives. Durin the Deathless was the only one without a wife, so how did his bloodline begin?
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How much does the average adult male Dwarf weigh?

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 ...
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