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'''Hapless Cleric:''' Can you tell me ''anything'' about him that differentiates him from ''every other dwarf?''

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'''Hapless Cleric:''' '''Cleric of Loki:''' Can you tell me ''anything'' about him that differentiates him from ''every other dwarf?''



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* The subterranean Dawn People, or [[Myth/CelticMythology Thuatha]], from ''ComicStrip/PrinceValiant''.
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* The Seven Dwarves in ''Series/OnceUponATime''. Grumpy gets the most screen time for some reason and fits the trope to a T.
** Later appearances of the dwarves in the series show some more unusual characteristics, one of which is the fact dwarves aren't born, they're hatched in ''eggs''.

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* The Seven Dwarves in ''Series/OnceUponATime''. Grumpy gets the most screen time for some reason and fits the trope to a T.
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T. Later appearances of the dwarves in the series show some more unusual characteristics, one of which is the fact dwarves aren't born, they're hatched in ''eggs''.



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* Myth/NorseMythology -- here's where it all started. Though they were somewhat varied, the basics of common lore goes back to mythology. The long beards, skilled at metallurgy, lived in caves, etc. They also turned to stone (sometimes temporarily, sometimes not) when exposed to sunlight. There was also discrepency amongst how long they lived, some myths had them be an adult at three years old and an old man by nine, some myths had them always looking old but being immortal. They had coal-black hair, extremely pale skin, actually were a type of elf and were human-sized at first, but MemeticMutation changed them a lot even during the Viking era. By the late MiddleAges, they were much closer to the Dwarves we'd recognize today. In Myth/NorseMythology, dwarves were originally endoparasites. Like ''tapeworms'', living in the intestines of some of the first giants.

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* Myth/NorseMythology -- here's where it all started. started.
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Though they were somewhat varied, the basics of common lore goes back to mythology. The long beards, skilled at metallurgy, lived in caves, etc. They also turned to stone (sometimes temporarily, sometimes not) when exposed to sunlight. There was also discrepency discrepancy amongst how long they lived, some myths had them be an adult at three years old and an old man by nine, some myths had them always looking old but being immortal. They had coal-black hair, extremely pale skin, actually were a type of elf and were human-sized at first, but MemeticMutation changed them a lot even during the Viking era. By the late MiddleAges, they were much closer to the Dwarves we'd recognize today. In Myth/NorseMythology, Norse Mythology, dwarves were originally endoparasites. Like ''tapeworms'', living in the intestines of some of the first giants.



** Experts in germanic mythology actually believe dwarves began as chthonic ''death'' related spirits, which makes the maggot origins and synonimity with the dark elves all the more evident.

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** Experts in germanic Germanic mythology actually believe dwarves began as chthonic ''death'' related spirits, which makes the maggot origins and synonimity with the dark elves all the more evident.



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* The subterranean Dawn People, or [[Myth/CelticMythology Thuatha]], from ''ComicStrip/PrinceValiant''.

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* The subterranean Dawn People, or [[Myth/CelticMythology Thuatha]], from ''ComicStrip/PrinceValiant''.In ''Pinball/DungeonsAndDragons,'' the Dwarf comes complete with horned Viking helm and long hair.



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* In ''Pinball/DungeonsAndDragons,'' the Dwarf comes complete with horned Viking helm and long hair.
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* In ''Pinball/DungeonsAndDragons,'' the Dwarf comes complete with horned Viking helm and long hair.
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** One widely used D&D addition is the idea that Dwarves are inherently more resistant to [[FunctionalMagic magic]], being that they're all stolid and stony like the earth and all. Yet in the original myths, dwarves produced all manner of magical artifacts for the Aesir. Even Tolkien's dwarves managed to make mithril, the local {{Unobtainium}}. That said, they were resistant to TheCorruption.
*** Seemingly because they love gold and cunning more than they love power.
*** Interestingly, the ''Races of Stone'' Supplement for 3.5 provides a special PrestigeClass that allows the casting of spells in armor, providing a description that's best summed up as "Nobody thinks there's any Dwarven Wizards because they wear Armor like the rest of the Dwarves". Of course, [[PlayingWithATrope this is still entirely fitting with this trope]].
** D&D has shown an interesting evolution in the question of Dwarven females. In the oldest editions, the race was essentially monogendered. Later on their women [[CuteMonsterGirl became more feminine]] -- but [[SubvertedTrope still had luxurious beards]]. In the latest edition they just look like very muscular [[{{Hobbits}} Halfling]] lasses -- albeit generally badass ones.

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** One widely used D&D ''D&D'' addition is the idea that Dwarves are inherently more resistant to [[FunctionalMagic magic]], being that they're all stolid and stony like the earth and all. Yet in the original myths, dwarves produced all manner of magical artifacts for the Aesir. Even Tolkien's dwarves managed to make mithril, the local {{Unobtainium}}. That said, they were resistant to TheCorruption.
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TheCorruption. Seemingly because they love gold and cunning more than they love power.
*** ** Interestingly, the ''Races of Stone'' Supplement for 3.5 provides a special PrestigeClass that allows the casting of spells in armor, providing a description that's best summed up as "Nobody thinks there's any Dwarven Wizards because they wear Armor like the rest of the Dwarves". Of course, [[PlayingWithATrope this is still entirely fitting with this trope]].
** D&D ''D&D'' has shown an interesting evolution in the question of Dwarven females. In the oldest editions, the race was essentially monogendered. Later on their women [[CuteMonsterGirl became more feminine]] -- but [[SubvertedTrope still had luxurious beards]]. In the latest edition they just look like very muscular [[{{Hobbits}} Halfling]] lasses -- albeit generally badass ones.



** The largely forgotten ''Chainmail'' D&D Miniatures game (the early 2000s relaunch, not the classic 60s version that inspired D&D) ended up using pretty standard D&D dwarves, but oh WhatCouldHaveBeen. The original design specs called for a dwarf faction that had deposed their king, abandoned faith in their god, and become communist factory workers and miners. The Dwarves would have dressed like something out of a 30s era Soviet propaganda poster and built mecha golems.

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** The largely forgotten ''Chainmail'' D&D Miniatures game (the early 2000s relaunch, not the classic 60s '60s version that inspired D&D) ''D&D'') ended up using pretty standard D&D ''D&D'' dwarves, but oh WhatCouldHaveBeen. The original design specs called for a dwarf faction that had deposed their king, abandoned faith in their god, and become communist factory workers and miners. The Dwarves would have dressed like something out of a 30s '30s era Soviet propaganda poster and built mecha golems.



** [[TabletopGame/DarkSun Athas']] Dwarves play this straight, except for few noticeable differences. They're completely hairless, and they have a tradition of working toward short- and long-term goals that only they know of.

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** [[TabletopGame/DarkSun Athas']] ''TabletopGame/DarkSun'' Athas's Dwarves play this straight, except for few noticeable differences. They're completely hairless, and they have a tradition of working toward short- and long-term goals that only they know of.



* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' plays them as straight as it comes, though Warhammer Dwarfs are most definitely Dwarfs and not Dwarves. Female Dwarfs in Warhammer are not bearded, but tend to look like plump, braid-haired viking maidens straight out of a Wagner opera.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'':
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plays them as straight as it comes, though Warhammer Dwarfs are most definitely Dwarfs and not Dwarves. Female Dwarfs in Warhammer are not bearded, but tend to look like plump, braid-haired viking maidens straight out of a Wagner opera.



** Warhammer's Dwarfs don't tend to speak with a Scottish accent, but with a thick Yorkshire accent - the ubiquitous English stereotype of Yorkshiremen being that they are gruff, grumpy mining folk with a strong disdain for soft southerners and their airy-fairy ways (and it is no accident that Warhammer's Elves speak just like those refined and aristocratic upper-class southerners). The ''Literature/GotrekAndFelix'' novels play with the accent, introducing a Dwarf character whose speech is a comically exaggerated version of a real Scottish brogue. Even the other Dwarfs can't understand him half the time. Their technological superiority is also notable. These Dwarfs have guns. (No FantasyGunControl here!) And cannons. And ''helicopters''. And ''Ironclad submarines.'' They also have the 'love for alcohol' base covered. They have ale that is so filled with nutrients that they can literally survive on it alone. Bonus points to the fact that they distill their ''helicopter fuel'' from it!
** Dwarfs in ''Warhammer'' have one special niggle that sets them apart from other dwarves in fiction: their [[PlanetOfHats hat]] is RevengeBeforeReason. They have a big book called the Book of Grudges, and if you ever wrong a dwarf, they write it down in the book. Grudges all have set standards for fulfilment, usually {{disproportionate|Retribution}}ly high, and they will never stop until it is repaid. ''[[{{Determinator}} Ever]]''. Classic example: a ''Magazine/WhiteDwarf'' Dwarf vs. Empire battle report that resulted in heavy casualties for both sides was justified by a backstory that explained why the Dwarfs were attacking: six years ago, the lord underpaid the Dwarfen workers who built the castle by ''twelve pennies'' - as far as the lord (and sane real-life human beings) are concerned, it's simply a matter of a few missing coins, but to the Dwarfs, ''[[SeriousBusiness you have cheated them out of money, and for that, you must]]'' '''''[[SeriousBusiness die]]'''''. In a more modern example of this, during the Battle of Grimspike Pass, an Orc shaman became too powerful and exploded, causing the pass to collapse and kill ten thousand Dwarf warriors who were standing under it. After the battle, the Dwarfs declared vengeance, but not against the Orcs, but the pass itself. In their own words, they won't stop until Grimspike Pass is "mined to exhaustion and the rocks of the pass are as dust". Seriously.
*** They take their honour extremely seriously as well. How seriously? Well, what does a Dwarf do if he or she cannot fulfil a grudge? Well, they become shamed in the eyes of Dwarf society and become Slayers. They cut their hair into a huge mohawk, take a huge battleaxe and no body armour, and seek out battles with the biggest, meanest beasties they can find [[DeathSeeker in the hopes that they die]]. Some of the most successful (or alternatively, ''least'' successful) Slayers are veteran warriors who have killed everything from demonic personifications of primal rage to dragons the length of football pitches. And they do all this because [[HonorBeforeReason honour demands it]]. The only alternative to being a Slayer is being a submarine crewman: Dwarfs hate and fear water with unrivalled fervour. The majority choose to become Slayers. Yeah.
** Interestingly, while the individual Dwarf in TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} is fairly slow (it's the little legs), Dwarf infantry is effectively among the fastest in the game. This is because the game mechanics say that you can't march (read: move at double your normal speed) when there are enemies within 8". Dwarfs, by virtue of being {{Determinator}}s, can ignore that rule, and effectively always march. Apart from when they charge. The result is that army of short bearded guys is going to tactically outmanoeuvre you by landing their gyrocopters 7" behind your lines and so suddenly everyone but your cavalry is being outpaced.

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** Warhammer's Dwarfs don't tend to speak with a Scottish accent, but with a thick Yorkshire accent - -- the ubiquitous English stereotype of Yorkshiremen being that they are gruff, grumpy mining folk with a strong disdain for soft southerners and their airy-fairy ways (and it is no accident that Warhammer's Elves speak just like those refined and aristocratic upper-class southerners). The ''Literature/GotrekAndFelix'' novels play with the accent, introducing a Dwarf character whose speech is a comically exaggerated version of a real Scottish brogue. Even the other Dwarfs can't understand him half the time. Their technological superiority is also notable. These Dwarfs have guns. (No FantasyGunControl here!) And cannons. And ''helicopters''. And ''Ironclad submarines.'' They also have the 'love "love for alcohol' alcohol" base covered. They have ale that is so filled with nutrients that they can literally survive on it alone. Bonus points to the fact that they distill their ''helicopter fuel'' from it!
** Dwarfs in ''Warhammer'' have one special niggle that sets them apart from other dwarves in fiction: their [[PlanetOfHats hat]] is RevengeBeforeReason. They have a big book called the Book of Grudges, and if you ever wrong a dwarf, they write it down in the book. Grudges all have set standards for fulfilment, usually {{disproportionate|Retribution}}ly high, and they will never stop until it is repaid. ''[[{{Determinator}} Ever]]''. Classic example: a ''Magazine/WhiteDwarf'' Dwarf vs. Empire battle report that resulted in heavy casualties for both sides was justified by a backstory that explained why the Dwarfs were attacking: six years ago, the lord underpaid the Dwarfen workers who built the castle by ''twelve pennies'' - -- as far as the lord (and sane real-life human beings) are concerned, it's simply a matter of a few missing coins, but to the Dwarfs, ''[[SeriousBusiness you have cheated them out of money, and for that, you must]]'' '''''[[SeriousBusiness die]]'''''. In a more modern example of this, during the Battle of Grimspike Pass, an Orc shaman became too powerful and exploded, causing the pass to collapse and kill ten thousand Dwarf warriors who were standing under it. After the battle, the Dwarfs declared vengeance, but not against the Orcs, but the pass itself. In their own words, they won't stop until Grimspike Pass is "mined to exhaustion and the rocks of the pass are as dust". Seriously.
*** ** They take their honour honor extremely seriously as well. How seriously? Well, what does a Dwarf do if he or she cannot fulfil a grudge? Well, they become shamed in the eyes of Dwarf society and become Slayers. They cut their hair into a huge mohawk, take a huge battleaxe and no body armour, armor, and seek out battles with the biggest, meanest beasties they can find [[DeathSeeker in the hopes that they die]]. Some of the most successful (or alternatively, ''least'' successful) Slayers are veteran warriors who have killed everything from demonic personifications of primal rage to dragons the length of football pitches. And they do all this because [[HonorBeforeReason honour honor demands it]]. The only alternative to being a Slayer is being a submarine crewman: Dwarfs hate and fear water with unrivalled fervour.unrivaled fervor. The majority choose to become Slayers. Yeah.
** Interestingly, while the individual Dwarf in TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' is fairly slow (it's the little legs), Dwarf infantry is effectively among the fastest in the game. This is because the game mechanics say that you can't march (read: move at double your normal speed) when there are enemies within 8". Dwarfs, by virtue of being {{Determinator}}s, can ignore that rule, and effectively always march. Apart from when they charge. The result is that army of short bearded guys is going to tactically outmanoeuvre outmaneuver you by landing their gyrocopters 7" behind your lines and so suddenly everyone but your cavalry is being outpaced.



* ''TabletopGame/DragonDice'' plays it straight with standard, Tolkien inspired dwarves -- not surprising for a game from Creator/{{TSR}} that was significantly inspired by ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. They are composed of the elements of earth and fire, have beards, are expert craftsmen and miners, live in the mountains, wield axes, and wear horned helms...
** Oh, and their cavalry ride on giant lizards and mammoths, just for a change of pace.
* The now-defunct ''TabletopGame/MageKnight'' miniatures game had standard Tolkien-y dwarves. All male, all bearded, all craftsmen and miners (some not by choice), and their craftiness led to literal SteamPunk tech such as Steam (mecha)Golems and steam-powered mounts.
** There are some differences from the standard model here. They are actually '''shorter''' lived than humans, an elderly dwarf being about 30, and they play up the resistance to magic. They were actually forced by TheEmpire of Atlantis into slavery, mining for magic {{Phlebotinum}} because they were immune to the deadly radiation. They joined the Black Powder Rebels in order to free their comrades from this slavery.

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* ''TabletopGame/DragonDice'' plays it straight with standard, Tolkien inspired dwarves -- not surprising for a game from Creator/{{TSR}} that was significantly inspired by ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. They are composed of the elements of earth and fire, have beards, are expert craftsmen and miners, live in the mountains, wield axes, and wear horned helms...
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helms... Oh, and their cavalry ride on giant lizards and mammoths, just for a change of pace.
* The now-defunct ''TabletopGame/MageKnight'' miniatures game had standard Tolkien-y dwarves. All male, all bearded, all craftsmen and miners (some not by choice), and their craftiness led to literal SteamPunk tech such as Steam (mecha)Golems and steam-powered mounts.
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mounts. There are some differences from the standard model here. They are actually '''shorter''' lived '''shorter'''-lived than humans, an elderly dwarf being about 30, and they play up the resistance to magic. They were actually forced by TheEmpire of Atlantis into slavery, mining for magic {{Phlebotinum}} because they were immune to the deadly radiation. They joined the Black Powder Rebels in order to free their comrades from this slavery.



* Dwarves in ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'' come in a couple different varieties, each of which comes from a different dimension. Regular dwarves come out of the Palladium Fantasy dimension, and exhibit all the classic characteristics. Pantheons of the Megaverse has dwarves that represent the dwarves from Myth/NorseMythology, right down to being the creators of Mjollnir. There's also races like the Dwarf Forgemasters from the Three Galaxies setting, but they're all basically variations on a theme.
** A list that circulates around message boards and other sites called "You Know You've Been Playing ''Rifts'' for Too Long When..." has an item in it that reads "You've ever made a Dwarf character whose name did not have 'axe' or 'beard' in it."

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* Dwarves in ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'' come in a couple different varieties, each of which comes from a different dimension. Regular dwarves come out of the Palladium Fantasy dimension, and exhibit all the classic characteristics. Pantheons of the Megaverse has dwarves that represent the dwarves from Myth/NorseMythology, right down to being the creators of Mjollnir. Mjölnir. There's also races like the Dwarf Forgemasters from the Three Galaxies setting, but they're all basically variations on a theme.
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theme. A list that circulates around message boards and other sites called "You Know You've Been Playing ''Rifts'' for Too Long When..." has an item in it that reads "You've ever made a Dwarf character whose name did not have 'axe' or 'beard' in it."



* Music/RichardWagner's ''Theatre/DerRingDesNibelungen'', epic predecessor and undoubted inspiration to Tolkien (the clue's in the title). His Nibelung dwarves are, true to their Norse roots, subterranean miners and metalcrafters. His dwarven brothers Alberich and Mime inspired the thieving dwarf Mîm who appears in ''The Silmarillion''. Oddly enough they are sometimes referred to as black elves.
** These legends of course [[OlderThanYouThink all predate Wagner by a fair few centuries]]. Tolkien was quite adamant his works were not based of Wagner's Operas.
** The Nibelung are possibly an allegory of [[SpaceJews Jews]]. Considering Wagner was quite anti-Semitic this is probably right.

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* Music/RichardWagner's ''Theatre/DerRingDesNibelungen'', epic predecessor and undoubted inspiration to Tolkien (the clue's in the title). His Nibelung dwarves are, true to their Norse roots, subterranean miners and metalcrafters. His dwarven brothers Alberich and Mime inspired the thieving dwarf Mîm who appears in ''The Silmarillion''. Oddly enough they are sometimes referred to as black elves.
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elves. These legends of course [[OlderThanYouThink all predate Wagner by a fair few centuries]]. Tolkien was quite adamant his works were not based of Wagner's Operas.
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Operas. The Nibelung are possibly an allegory of [[SpaceJews Jews]]. Considering Wagner was quite anti-Semitic this is probably right.



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* ''VideoGame/PuzzleQuest: Challenge Of The Warlords'': Khrona doesn't hide her most obvious gender identifiers, but still sports a nice, long beard.
** The ''Warlords'' universe in general plays around with this, in the form of regular dwarves, and Dark Dwarves, playing a somewhat similar role to dark elves. Both are industrious and warlike, but the two are quite different : Regular dwarves are affable, somewhat jolly, love partying enough that they have zero problem going to war drunk, and prefer fighting personally, decking themselves out in heavy armor and carrying magnificent melee weaponry. Dark Dwarves are grim, science-obsessed, disregard nature in the face of progress to the point of resembling ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanet'' villains, and prefer to fight in a more advanced manner than their good cousins, with extremely powerful and advanced siege weaponry and tremendously strong metallic golems.

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* ''VideoGame/PuzzleQuest: Challenge Of The Warlords'': Khrona doesn't hide her most obvious gender identifiers, but still sports a nice, long beard.
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beard. The ''Warlords'' universe in general plays around with this, in the form of regular dwarves, and Dark Dwarves, playing a somewhat similar role to dark elves. Both are industrious and warlike, but the two are quite different : Regular dwarves are affable, somewhat jolly, love partying enough that they have zero problem going to war drunk, and prefer fighting personally, decking themselves out in heavy armor and carrying magnificent melee weaponry. Dark Dwarves are grim, science-obsessed, disregard nature in the face of progress to the point of resembling ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanet'' villains, and prefer to fight in a more advanced manner than their good cousins, with extremely powerful and advanced siege weaponry and tremendously strong metallic golems.



* Two dwarves appear in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', with one of them being the foster father of the hero, Lloyd Irving. In ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'', which takes place about 4,000 years after ''Symphonia'', dwarves are extinct, though their ruins are intact.
** A skit in in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' mentioned that the majority of the dwarves are hidden by Cruxis somewhere in Derris Kharlan as they use them for maintaining machinery, so they may have still be living on the comet.

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* Two dwarves appear in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', with one of them being the foster father of the hero, Lloyd Irving. In ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'', which takes place about 4,000 years after ''Symphonia'', dwarves are extinct, though their ruins are intact.
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intact. A skit in in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' mentioned that the majority of the dwarves are hidden by Cruxis somewhere in Derris Kharlan as they use them for maintaining machinery, so they may have still be living on the comet.



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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': All dwarves in the Order of the Stick universe drink beer, have two livers, worship the Nordic Pantheon, have beards, wear heavy armor, have [[FunetikAksent incomprehensible accents]], and [[CaptainObvious are short]]. The only thing unusual about them is a shared dendrophobia (fear of trees) for [[RuleofFunny added wackiness]].

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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
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All dwarves in the Order of the Stick universe drink beer, have two livers, worship the Nordic Pantheon, have beards, wear heavy armor, have [[FunetikAksent incomprehensible accents]], and [[CaptainObvious are short]]. The only thing unusual about them is a shared dendrophobia (fear of trees) for [[RuleofFunny added wackiness]].



---> '''Cleric of Loki''': Can you tell me anything that differentiates him from any other dwarf?

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---> '''Cleric --->'''Cleric of Loki''': Loki:''' Can you tell me anything that differentiates him from any other dwarf?



*** Granted, a later issue reveals that [[spoiler: Thor told the dwarf race about the deal Hela and Loki made, in that Hela would get the souls of all dwarves, minus those who died honorably, in exchange for not having normal clerics. As such, Thor's information was what made the dwarves into such the honorbound race they are today... and why he's so venerated amongst them.]]

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*** ** Granted, a later issue reveals that [[spoiler: Thor [[spoiler:Thor told the dwarf race about the deal Hela and Loki made, in that Hela would get the souls of all dwarves, minus those who died honorably, in exchange for not having normal clerics. As such, Thor's information was what made the dwarves into such the honorbound honor-bound race they are today... and why he's so venerated amongst them.]]



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-->Born underground, suckled from a teat of stone
-->Raised in the dark, the safety of our mountain home
-->Skin made of iron, steel in our bones
-->To dig and dig makes us free, come on brothers sing with me

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* Dwarves in the ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'', as seen in ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'''s Eitri, are actually giants, but with the proportions of a human with dwarfism, Eitri having been protrayed by Creator/PeterDinklage.



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* ''Adventurers Wanted'' features dwarves that mostly fit the standard. Even the women are bearded, A mix of Scottish and Germanic accents, a hard drinking, poison resistant, etc. The one thing that is added is that these dwarves are seafarers. Dwarven raiding parties terrorize the coasts in their long ships as dwarves with dane axes and spectacle helms go I-Viking.
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* ''[[Literature/TheFirstDwarfKing The First Dwarf King]]'' plays with the standard dwarf model. On one hand, men have [[BadassBeard wicked-looking beards]], dwarves [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy can fight with the best of them]], and they wield [[AnAxeToGrind axes]] and [[DropTheHammer warhammers]] in battle. On the other hand, dwarven women lack facial hair (and are [[BadassAdorable cute but tough]]), the entire race is not so much a nation as a loosely-connected country of hunters and farmers, and most (though not all) of the population live above ground, going underground only in times of great need.

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* ''[[Literature/TheFirstDwarfKing The First Dwarf King]]'' ''Literature/TheFirstDwarfKing'' plays with the standard dwarf model. On one hand, men have [[BadassBeard wicked-looking beards]], dwarves [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy can fight with the best of them]], and they wield [[AnAxeToGrind axes]] and [[DropTheHammer warhammers]] in battle. On the other hand, dwarven women lack facial hair (and are [[BadassAdorable cute but tough]]), the entire race is not so much a nation as a loosely-connected country of hunters and farmers, and most (though not all) of the population live above ground, going underground only in times of great need.






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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' has the Tellarites, one of the founding members of the Federation. They had a fierce rivalry with the [[OurElvesAreBetter Vulcans]], are stubborn, undiplomatic, and generally have the competence to back up their boasts, all dwarven hallmarks. They are also short and often show up in mining contexts -- again, all dwarven hallmarks. Customized by also being [[PigMan pig men]].

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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' has the ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** The
Tellarites, one of the founding members of the Federation. They had a fierce rivalry with the [[OurElvesAreBetter Vulcans]], are stubborn, undiplomatic, and generally have the competence to back up their boasts, all dwarven hallmarks. They are also short and often show up in mining contexts -- again, all dwarven hallmarks. Customized by also being [[PigMan pig men]].



* Dwarves in Series/IkMikLoreland may be small and occupy their time mostly with masonry and stoneworking, but they are more akin to a RockMonster in some aspects.

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* Dwarves in Series/IkMikLoreland ''Series/IkMikLoreland'' may be small and occupy their time mostly with masonry and stoneworking, but they are more akin to a RockMonster in some aspects.



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* Gloranthan (the original setting of ''TabletopGame/RuneQuest'') dwarfs are immortal as long as they do their assigned tasks, regard themselves as servants of the World Machine, and are the [[FantasyGunControl only users of firearms]] in the world. They also invented iron. Not 'discovered', ''invented''.
** They're also [[SubvertedTrope massive subversions]] of this trope, in that they are actually a RobotRepublic of {{Golem}}s made by [[UltimateBlacksmith Mostal the Maker]] and taught how to build themselves (hence why female dwarves are so rare-they're actually products a minor glitch in the process) before he was broken in the [[HellOnEarth Chaos War]]. Flesh (Clay) dwarves are actually an invention to make up for lack of resources and time to build more dwarves (and a deeply resented one since they're softer and have less raw intelligence than "pure" Mostali). They're also something of an antagonist to everyone else, being deeply xenophobic {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s (literally the only thing that matters to them is Mostal's repair) with a severe case of BlueAndOrangeMorality (what everyone else calls greed, the dwarves call keeping track of their projects and resources, down to the last coin - actual trade is regarded as something of an oddball heresy).

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* Gloranthan (the original setting of ''TabletopGame/RuneQuest'') dwarfs are immortal as long as they do their assigned tasks, regard themselves as servants of the World Machine, and are the [[FantasyGunControl only users of firearms]] in the world. They also invented iron. Not 'discovered', ''invented''.
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"discovered", ''invented''. They're also [[SubvertedTrope massive subversions]] of this trope, in that they are actually a RobotRepublic of {{Golem}}s made by [[UltimateBlacksmith Mostal the Maker]] and taught how to build themselves (hence why female dwarves are so rare-they're actually products a minor glitch in the process) before he was broken in the [[HellOnEarth Chaos War]]. Flesh (Clay) dwarves are actually an invention to make up for lack of resources and time to build more dwarves (and a deeply resented one since they're softer and have less raw intelligence than "pure" Mostali). They're also something of an antagonist to everyone else, being deeply xenophobic {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s (literally the only thing that matters to them is Mostal's repair) with a severe case of BlueAndOrangeMorality (what everyone else calls greed, the dwarves call keeping track of their projects and resources, down to the last coin - actual trade is regarded as something of an oddball heresy).



* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' once had the Squats, which, naturally, were Dwarfs [[RecycledINSPACE IN SPACE]], but the designers couldn't quite decide on their overall theme. Some models were straight Dwarfs, while others were more like really short [[AllBikersAreHellsAngels Biker Dudes]] [-IN SPACE-], so they got removed from future editions -- i.e., they [[DroppedABridgeOnHim Dropped A]] [[BugWar Hive Fleet]] [[DroppedABridgeOnHim On Them]]. However, the "space Dwarfs" ''concept'', if not the models, seem to be returning in the form of the Demiurg ([[MeaningfulName Greek for "craftsman"]]), a mercenary alien race that has worked for both the Imperium and the Tau in the past.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' once had the Squats, which, naturally, were Dwarfs [[RecycledINSPACE IN SPACE]], but the designers couldn't quite decide on their overall theme. Some models were straight Dwarfs, while others were more like really short [[AllBikersAreHellsAngels Biker Dudes]] [-IN SPACE-], so they got removed from future editions -- i.e., they [[DroppedABridgeOnHim Dropped A]] [[BugWar Hive Fleet]] [[DroppedABridgeOnHim On Them]]. However, the "space Dwarfs" ''concept'', if not the models, seem to be returning in the form of the Demiurg ([[MeaningfulName Greek for "craftsman"]]), a mercenary alien race that has worked for both the Imperium and the Tau in the past.



* Most of the Dwarves in ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'' are evil, black-leather wearing, pierced punks.
** And Pella is quite shapely and fan-servicey, not fat and dumpy like dwarven females are so often depicted as.
** However, they are exceptionally skilled architects, blacksmiths, and sappers.
* Although we have not actually met any dwarves in ''Webcomic/{{Digger}}'', they seem to go at least a little off model -- they apparently use large amounts of magic in the construction of their underground cities. Digger the wombat does not approve, as that magic tends to wear off after a while if not carefully maintained, leaving abandoned dwarf cities as veritable deathtraps.
** Come to think of it, the wombats seem to fit the traditional dwarf mold pretty well, themselves.
* Webcomic/GoblinHollow features [[http://www.rhjunior.com/GH/00059.html a girl who revolts at her dwarf character's having a beard]]
* [[Webcomic/ThePigsEar Angus]] is a retired adventurer who now works as a pub chef, but otherwise fits the trope straight. So straight that the Scottish creator of the comic gave Angus (and Angus alone) a Scottish FunetikAksent.

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* Most of the Dwarves in ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'' are evil, black-leather wearing, pierced punks.
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punks. And Pella is quite shapely and fan-servicey, not fat and dumpy like dwarven females are so often depicted as.
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as. However, they are exceptionally skilled architects, blacksmiths, and sappers.
* Although we have not actually met any dwarves in ''Webcomic/{{Digger}}'', they seem to go at least a little off model -- they apparently use large amounts of magic in the construction of their underground cities. Digger the wombat does not approve, as that magic tends to wear off after a while if not carefully maintained, leaving abandoned dwarf cities as veritable deathtraps.
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deathtraps. Come to think of it, the wombats seem to fit the traditional dwarf mold pretty well, themselves.
* Webcomic/GoblinHollow ''Webcomic/GoblinHollow'' features [[http://www.rhjunior.com/GH/00059.html a girl who revolts at her dwarf character's having a beard]]
beard]].
* [[Webcomic/ThePigsEar Angus]] ''Webcomic/ThePigsEar'': Angus is a retired adventurer who now works as a pub chef, but otherwise fits the trope straight. So straight that the Scottish creator of the comic gave Angus (and Angus alone) a Scottish FunetikAksent.



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* ''Webcomic/RiceBoy'': The Horned fit the stereotypical archetype nicely. Short but honest, most of the Horned are obsessed with war. They also live on and/or underneath a ridiculous-looking mountain structure. In times of peace, they're miners [[spoiler:and woodsmen]].
** Furthermore, the prequel "Vattu" implies that [[spoiler:the Fluters are a variant of]] halflings/gnomes and [[spoiler:Vattu will mutate/evolve in her story to become the first Horned]].

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* ''Webcomic/RiceBoy'': The Horned fit the stereotypical archetype nicely. Short but honest, most of the Horned are obsessed with war. They also live on and/or underneath a ridiculous-looking mountain structure. In times of peace, they're miners [[spoiler:and woodsmen]].
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woodsmen]]. Furthermore, the prequel "Vattu" implies that [[spoiler:the Fluters are a variant of]] halflings/gnomes and [[spoiler:Vattu will mutate/evolve in her story to become the first Horned]].



* ''Webcomic/GuildedAge'': At first, seemingly played straight by Gravedust. [[LukeNounverber Something-hammer last name?]] Check. Big beard? Check. TheComicallySerious? Check. Standard dwarf. However, later we learn that dwarves are desert nomads who have been driven from their mountains. Furthermore, their women are lustful, their children don't respect authority, and, most atypical of all, some of them [[FelonyMisdemeanor DON'T HAVE BEARDS!]]
** Gravedust Deserthammer isn't your typical armored hammer/axe warrior either. He's a shaman archer who can speak with the dead and ask them to lend their strength to his arrows. He is amongst the most level headed in the group, as well as being mannerly and polite. He's never been seen to drink, ever. His name is the only thing truly dwarfish about him.

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* ''Webcomic/GuildedAge'': At first, seemingly played straight by Gravedust. [[LukeNounverber Something-hammer last name?]] Check. Big beard? Check. TheComicallySerious? Check. Standard dwarf. However, later we learn that dwarves are desert nomads who have been driven from their mountains. Furthermore, their women are lustful, their children don't respect authority, and, most atypical of all, some of them [[FelonyMisdemeanor DON'T HAVE BEARDS!]]
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BEARDS!]] Gravedust Deserthammer isn't your typical armored hammer/axe warrior either. He's a shaman archer who can speak with the dead and ask them to lend their strength to his arrows. He is amongst the most level headed level-headed in the group, as well as being mannerly and polite. He's never been seen to drink, ever. His name is the only thing truly dwarfish about him.



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* ''Adventurers Wanted'' features dwarves that mostly fit the standard. Even the women are bearded, A mix of Scottish and Germanic accents, a hard drinking, poison resistant, etc. The one thing that is added is that these dwarves are seafarers. Dwarven raiding parties terrorize the coasts in their long ships as dwarves with dane axes and spectacle helms go I-Viking.
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* The dwarves in [[Film/SiebenZwerge 7 Dwarves - Men Alone in the Woods]] are simply seven men who had traumatizing experiences with women, so they decide to live in the woods alone. They are all clean shaved and only wear a beard when working in the mine. They are also relatively average in size, with the exeption of Bubi, who is relatively small, and Ralfie who is two heads taller and two times wider than anyone else in the films (and also is a GentleGiant). A running gag is that a character remarks that they thought that dwarves where supposed to be small, to which one of them responds that this is just an old prejudice.

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* The dwarves in [[Film/SiebenZwerge ''[[Film/SiebenZwerge 7 Dwarves - Men Alone in the Woods]] Woods]]'' are simply seven men who had traumatizing experiences with women, so they decide to live in the woods alone. They are all clean shaved clean-shaved and only wear a beard when working in the mine. They are also relatively average in size, with the exeption exception of Bubi, who is relatively small, and Ralfie who is two heads taller and two times wider than anyone else in the films (and also is a GentleGiant). A running gag is that a character remarks that they thought that dwarves where supposed to be small, to which one of them responds that this is just an old prejudice.



* In ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' (where it is spelled "Dwarfs", just like Tolkien noted in the preface to later editions of ''The Hobbit''). Policeman Vimes' experience with them points to countryside dwarfs usually being quiet industrious types who don't cause trouble, and putting on airs of being rowdy and violent seems to be a trait only annoyingly common in his city. This is probably because, unlike their home mines, the city won't cave in on their heads if they're noisy, and there's more beer available. Also they are German and Welsh as well as Scottish. Interestingly, given the Semitic roots of Tolkien's dwarvish language, there [[FanWank are theories]] that Pratchett's dwarfs are Jewish-ish (quiet, hard-working, thrifty, very respectful of ancient traditions that they don't feel they necessarily follow as closely as they're supposed to--which last is why many tropers have chosen to discuss Discworld Dwarfs above, in the Literature folder under "Franchises that use this ready-made model of Dwarfdom").

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* In ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' (where it is spelled "Dwarfs", just like Tolkien noted in the preface to later editions of ''The Hobbit''). Policeman Vimes' experience with them points to countryside dwarfs usually being quiet industrious types who don't cause trouble, and putting on airs of being rowdy and violent seems to be a trait only annoyingly common in his city. This is probably because, unlike their home mines, the city won't cave in on their heads if they're noisy, and there's more beer available. Also they are German and Welsh as well as Scottish. Interestingly, given the Semitic roots of Tolkien's dwarvish language, there [[FanWank are theories]] that Pratchett's dwarfs are Jewish-ish (quiet, hard-working, thrifty, very respectful of ancient traditions that they don't feel they necessarily follow as closely as they're supposed to--which to -- which last is why many tropers have chosen to discuss Discworld Dwarfs above, in the Literature folder under "Franchises that use this ready-made model of Dwarfdom").



** Dwarf women are also often seen -- however, they are physically indistinguishable from male Dwarfs. This has had an effect on their culture somewhat, in that many Dwarfs do not use female pronouns, courtship is largely devoted to very carefully finding out what sex, under all that leather and chainmail, the other Dwarf is, and a Dwarf identifying herself as female is treated akin to coming out as gay in a conservative society.
*** Exemplified by Sergeant Cheery Littlebottom of the Ankh-Morpork Watch, who "comes out" as a female, wearing boiled leather skirts, high-heeled boots, and makeup, much to the chagrin of other dwarfs; but is never without her iron helmet, battleaxe, and ''beard''. Upon suggestion of shaving, she's outright horrified of the mere idea of losing her beard; she may be willing to come out as female, but she's still a ''dwarf.''

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** Dwarf women are also often seen -- however, they are physically indistinguishable from male Dwarfs. This has had an effect on their culture somewhat, in that many Dwarfs do not use female pronouns, courtship is largely devoted to very carefully finding out what sex, under all that leather and chainmail, the other Dwarf is, and a Dwarf identifying herself as female is treated akin to coming out as gay in a conservative society.
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society. Exemplified by Sergeant Cheery Littlebottom of the Ankh-Morpork Watch, who "comes out" as a female, wearing boiled leather skirts, high-heeled boots, and makeup, much to the chagrin of other dwarfs; but is never without her iron helmet, battleaxe, and ''beard''. Upon suggestion of shaving, she's outright horrified of the mere idea of losing her beard; she may be willing to come out as female, but she's still a ''dwarf.''






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6th May '18 3:18:26 PM zarpaulus
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* In ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'' the dwarves were actually giants, though with Creator/PeterDinklage's proportions (or at least his character King Eitri does). They also forged Thor's hammer in the fires of a neutron star captured in a DysonSphere, [[spoiler: and the Infinity Gauntlet, after which Thanos killed all of them but Eitri.]]
27th Apr '18 3:20:26 PM adonzo
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* Dwarves in the ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'', as seen in ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'''s Eitri, are actually giants, but with the proportions of a human with dwarfism, Eitri having been protrayed by Creator/PeterDinklage.
24th Apr '18 2:07:56 PM kikiandlala
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* In Ghost Ship Games's ''Deep Rock Galactic'', the dwarven protagonists are short, have beards reaching their knees, loves beer and are really good at engineering. So even in outer space and carrying miniguns, a dwarf is the same everywhere.

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* In Ghost Ship Games's ''Deep Rock Galactic'', ''VideoGame/DeepRockGalactic'', the dwarven protagonists are short, have beards reaching their knees, loves beer and are really good at engineering. So even in outer space and carrying miniguns, a dwarf is the same everywhere.
24th Apr '18 2:06:02 PM kikiandlala
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* In Ghost Ship Games's ''Deep Rock Galactic'', the dwarven protagonists are short, have beards reaching their knees, loves beer and are really good at engineering. So even in outer space and carrying miniguns, a dwarf is the same everywhere.
24th Apr '18 1:47:51 AM 3DDowner
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* Matt Cavotta, art director for ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', wrote a column about the lack of dwarves in Magic. He starts with the stereotypical red dwarf and changes it step by step into the ideal, red dwarf. Results are ... [[http://archive.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtgcom/daily/mc14b interesting]].

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* Matt Cavotta, art director for ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', wrote a column about the lack of dwarves in Magic. He starts with the stereotypical red dwarf dwarf, somewhat unfitting for [[AttackAttackAttack the]] [[PlayingWithFire Red]] [[ConfusionFu philosophy]] [[ShockAndAwe and]] [[GameFace aesthetic]], and changes it step by step into the ideal, red dwarf. a more logical interpretation of "digging Red-aligned creature." Results are ... [[http://archive.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtgcom/daily/mc14b interesting]].
17th Apr '18 8:27:49 AM Estvyk
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** Like the stereotype, Dwarves are martial creatures with a vaguely Nordic culture and names stolen from the ''Literature/PoeticEdda''.

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** Like the stereotype, Dwarves are martial creatures with a vaguely Nordic culture and names stolen taken from the ''Literature/PoeticEdda''.
17th Apr '18 8:26:28 AM Estvyk
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Ever since Tolkien raided the [[Myth/NorseMythology Norse myths]] for good stuff, almost every fantasy world has included them... and most of them have stuck closely to the original. Tolkien's importance to this can be gauged by the fact that the plural form ''dwarves'', which he used to distinguish his dwarves from other dwarfs, [[note]]It was originally a recurring mistake during the writing of ''Literature/TheHobbit'' (or rather "a private piece of bad grammar" that sneaked into the text), but it quickly became an AscendedGlitch.[[/note]] is now regarded by many as the standard plural (at least regarding fantasy -- "dwarfs" is still the accepted plural for humans with dwarfism). Fantasy writers who use "dwarfs", like Creator/TerryPratchett, are now the unusual ones. [[note]]There is a small group that contends that the proper plural should be "dwarrow," as "dwarrow" was the word from which "dwarf" originated. Linguists are quick to point out that that has ''never'' been a word used in modern English and its use is considered, at best, ''very'' non-standard.[[/note]] (Many "Tolkienesque" dwarves, however, are more like the ThemeParkVersion.) Since TheFilmOfTheBook(s), they now even all talk the same. A lot of dwarves are Scottish (or northern, rural, English, whose accents can sound indistinguishable from Scottish accents to most people), Irish, or Russian. An [[PlanetOfHats entire race]] of miners and [[TheBlacksmith blacksmiths]], with names like [[LukeNounverber Dwarfaxe Dwarfbeard and Grimli Stonesack]], who are [[HairTriggerTemper overly sensitive about any perceived slight]], always [[ViolentGlaswegian spoiling for a fight]], unable to speak two sentences in a row without calling someone "lad" or "lass," and possessed of [[GoldFever a love of gold and jewels]] that drives them to live in {{Underground Cit|y}}ies where they dig deep and greedily ([[DugTooDeep often with catastrophic results]]).

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Ever since Tolkien Creator/JRRTolkien raided the [[Myth/NorseMythology Norse myths]] for good stuff, almost every fantasy world has included them... and most of them have stuck closely to the original. Tolkien's importance to this can be gauged by the fact that the plural form ''dwarves'', which he used to distinguish his dwarves from other dwarfs, [[note]]It was originally a recurring mistake during the writing of ''Literature/TheHobbit'' (or rather "a private piece of bad grammar" that sneaked into the text), but it quickly became an AscendedGlitch.[[/note]] is now regarded by many as the standard plural (at least regarding fantasy -- "dwarfs" is still the accepted plural for humans with dwarfism). Fantasy writers who use "dwarfs", like Creator/TerryPratchett, are now the unusual ones. [[note]]There is a small group that contends that the proper plural should be "dwarrow," as "dwarrow" was the word from which "dwarf" originated. Linguists are quick to point out that that has ''never'' been a word used in modern English and its use is considered, at best, ''very'' non-standard.[[/note]] (Many "Tolkienesque" dwarves, however, are more like the ThemeParkVersion.) Since TheFilmOfTheBook(s), they now even all talk the same. A lot of dwarves are Scottish (or northern, rural, English, whose accents can sound indistinguishable from Scottish accents to most people), Irish, or Russian. An [[PlanetOfHats entire race]] of miners and [[TheBlacksmith blacksmiths]], with names like [[LukeNounverber Dwarfaxe Dwarfbeard and Grimli Stonesack]], who are [[HairTriggerTemper overly sensitive about any perceived slight]], always [[ViolentGlaswegian spoiling for a fight]], unable to speak two sentences in a row without calling someone "lad" or "lass," and possessed of [[GoldFever a love of gold and jewels]] that drives them to live in {{Underground Cit|y}}ies where they dig deep and greedily ([[DugTooDeep often with catastrophic results]]).
14th Apr '18 4:43:58 PM ReconditePanine
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* The gnomes from Literature/ForestOfBolandLightRailway are all bearded, talk with Northern English accents, and work in the mines. They are also skilled craftsmen, engineers and inventors.
14th Apr '18 7:20:01 AM Conradus
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*** Exemplified by Sergeant Cheery Littlebottom of the Ankh-Morpork Watch, who "comes out" as a female, wearing boiled leather skirts, high-heeled boots, and makeup, much to the chagrin of other dwarfs; but is never without her iron helmet, battleaxe, and ''beard''. Upon suggestion of shaving, she's outright horrified of the mere idea of losing her beard.

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*** Exemplified by Sergeant Cheery Littlebottom of the Ankh-Morpork Watch, who "comes out" as a female, wearing boiled leather skirts, high-heeled boots, and makeup, much to the chagrin of other dwarfs; but is never without her iron helmet, battleaxe, and ''beard''. Upon suggestion of shaving, she's outright horrified of the mere idea of losing her beard. beard; she may be willing to come out as female, but she's still a ''dwarf.''
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