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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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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 have … my own people", and made the Dwarves. I trust him, since he's read the books many, many more times then I have, as well as the appendices. He claims this assumption is from the Silmarillion, which I have not read. Is he correct? …
asked Dec 14 '11 by jrg