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24th Feb '17 8:23:07 PM Gatordragon24
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* Barik from ''VideoGame/{{Paladins}}'' is very much a typical dwarf. Scottish accent, short and muscular, extravagant beard, and a [[TurretMaster master engineer]]. The only thing he doesn't do is fight with an axe, preferring to use a blunderbuss.

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* Barik from ''VideoGame/{{Paladins}}'' is very much a typical dwarf. Scottish accent, short and muscular, extravagant beard, and a [[TurretMaster [[TheTurretMaster master engineer]]. The only thing he doesn't do is fight with an axe, preferring to use a blunderbuss.
24th Feb '17 8:22:19 PM Gatordragon24
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* Barik from ''VideoGame/{{Paladins}}'' is very much a typical dwarf. Scottish accent, short and muscular, extravagant beard, and a [[TurretMaster master engineer]]. The only thing he doesn't do is fight with an axe, preferring to use a blunderbuss.
20th Feb '17 7:54:24 PM LBHills
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Ever since Tolkien raided the [[Myth/NorseMythology Norse myths]] for good stuff, every fantasy world with dwarves features the same kind of dwarves. 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 raided the [[Myth/NorseMythology Norse myths]] for good stuff, almost every fantasy world with dwarves features has included them... and most of them have stuck closely to the same kind of dwarves.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]]).
20th Feb '17 7:53:20 PM LBHills
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In the last couple of decades, they will often be depicted as more technologically minded than other fantasy races, verging on (and sometimes overtaking) SteamPunk, but this is in keeping with their engineering and crafting skills both from the classic Fantasy depictions and from actual mythology. Their societies tend strongly toward a ReasonableAuthorityFigure (usually a warrior king) ruling over a fairly egalitarian society, and they're very suspicious of social or political innovations. In most settings, dwarves and humans have enough in common to treat each other with respect: in the face of outward threats, they usually become allies.

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In the last couple of decades, they will often be depicted as more technologically minded than other fantasy races, verging on (and sometimes overtaking) SteamPunk, but this is in keeping with their engineering and crafting skills both from the classic Fantasy depictions and from actual mythology. Their societies tend strongly toward a ReasonableAuthorityFigure (usually a warrior king) ruling over a fairly socially conservative but rather egalitarian society, society of soldiers, miners, and they're very suspicious of social or political innovations. craftsmen. In most settings, dwarves and humans have enough in common to treat each other with respect: in the face of outward threats, they usually become allies.
respect. They are frequently allies against outside threats.
20th Feb '17 7:49:33 PM LBHills
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You know them. Gruff, practical, industrious, [[StoutStrength stout]], [[{{Greed}} gold-loving]], [[BeigeProse blunt-speaking]], [[UsefulNotes/BritishAccents Scottish-accented]], [[HornyVikings Viking-helmed]], [[TheAlcoholic booze-swilling]], [[ElvesVsDwarves Elf-hating]], [[AnAxeToGrind ax-swinging]], [[BadassBeard long-bearded]], stolid and unimaginative, [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy boastful of their battle prowess]] and their vast echoing [[ElaborateUndergroundBase underground halls]] and mainly just the fact [[HaveIMentionedIAmADwarfToday that they are]] '''[[HaveIMentionedIAmADwarfToday dwarves]]'''.

Ever since Tolkien did his thing with some modified [[Myth/NorseMythology Norse myths]], the dwarves have been rolling off the assembly line as the same basic model. 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 -- humans with dwarfism are still called "dwarfs," although many today prefer the term "little people"). 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 "dwarrows," 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]]). Expect [[FastballSpecial dwarf-tossing]] jokes.

In the last couple of decades, they will often be depicted as more technologically minded than other fantasy races, verging on (and sometimes overtaking) SteamPunk, but this is in keeping with their engineering and crafting skills both from the classic Fantasy depictions and from actual mythology. If anything resembling democracy exists in the setting they will probably subscribe to it, but very often they will simultaneously be depicted as one of the most conservative races socially. Their overall similarity with humans compared to more outlandish races means the two are usually familiar with each other if not outright bros.

Despite his small stature, the dwarf will often serve as TheBigGuy of a fantasy FiveManBand, especially since his WeaponOfChoice tends to be either an [[AnAxeToGrind axe]] or a [[DropTheHammer hammer]]. If they use any ranged weapons at all, expect a crossbow to be the most popular choice (if there [[FantasyGunControl aren't any guns]], at least). Likewise, given their fondness for metalworking, at least one dwarf in the distant past is likely to have been the UltimateBlacksmith who forged all manner of ancient and legendary weapons.

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You 'Dwarves': you know them.what they are. Gruff, practical, industrious, [[StoutStrength stout]], [[{{Greed}} gold-loving]], [[BeigeProse blunt-speaking]], [[UsefulNotes/BritishAccents Scottish-accented]], [[HornyVikings Viking-helmed]], [[TheAlcoholic booze-swilling]], [[ElvesVsDwarves Elf-hating]], [[AnAxeToGrind ax-swinging]], [[BadassBeard long-bearded]], stolid and unimaginative, [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy boastful of their battle prowess]] and their vast echoing [[ElaborateUndergroundBase underground halls]] and mainly just the fact [[HaveIMentionedIAmADwarfToday that they are]] '''[[HaveIMentionedIAmADwarfToday dwarves]]'''.

Ever since Tolkien did his thing with some modified raided the [[Myth/NorseMythology Norse myths]], the myths]] for good stuff, every fantasy world with dwarves have been rolling off the assembly line as features the same basic model.kind of dwarves. 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 are still called "dwarfs," although many today prefer the term "little people").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 "dwarrows," "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]]). Expect [[FastballSpecial dwarf-tossing]] jokes.

results]]).

In the last couple of decades, they will often be depicted as more technologically minded than other fantasy races, verging on (and sometimes overtaking) SteamPunk, but this is in keeping with their engineering and crafting skills both from the classic Fantasy depictions and from actual mythology. If anything resembling democracy exists in the setting they will probably subscribe to it, but very often they will simultaneously be depicted as one of the most conservative races socially. Their overall similarity with societies tend strongly toward a ReasonableAuthorityFigure (usually a warrior king) ruling over a fairly egalitarian society, and they're very suspicious of social or political innovations. In most settings, dwarves and humans compared have enough in common to more outlandish races means the two are usually familiar with treat each other if not outright bros.

Despite his small stature,
with respect: in the face of outward threats, they usually become allies.

The
dwarf will often serve as TheBigGuy of a fantasy FiveManBand, especially since his WeaponOfChoice tends to be either an [[AnAxeToGrind axe]] or a [[DropTheHammer hammer]]. If Ranged combat is not their preference, but if they use any ranged weapons at all, expect a crossbow to be the most popular choice (if there [[FantasyGunControl aren't any guns]], at least).able to force enemies into close quarters, you can expect guns (FantasyGunControl permitting), throwing axes, or crossbows - in about that order. Likewise, given their fondness for metalworking, at least one dwarf in the distant past is likely to have been the UltimateBlacksmith who forged all manner of ancient and legendary weapons.
20th Feb '17 5:07:49 AM jormis29
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* ''TabletopGame/DragonDice'' plays it straight with standard, Tolkien inspired dwarves -- not surprising for a game from 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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* ''TabletopGame/DragonDice'' plays it straight with standard, Tolkien inspired dwarves -- not surprising for a game from TSR 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...
9th Feb '17 6:28:32 AM Divra
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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', "dwarf" is a medical condition, not a species (in other words, like Real Life), making it a case of Our Dwarves are Different. The only really prominent one is Tyrion Lannister, who doesn't particularly fit any of the Tolkienesque dwarf stereotypes (well, other than being short and liking booze).
** Well... he does fight surprisingly fiercely with an axe (not to mention that crossbow...), grows something you could call a beard, makes a big deal about Casterly Rock and its gold mines being his rightful inheritance, drinks heavily, has trouble controlling his temper, holds grudges like nobody else, mistakes a female dwarf for a male one, and [[Literature/TheHobbit gets snuck past the wall of a merchant's mansion in a barrel]]...

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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', "dwarf" is a medical condition, not a species (in other words, like Real Life), making it a case of Our Dwarves are Different. The However, the only really prominent one is one, Tyrion Lannister, who doesn't particularly fit any manages to nail most of the Tolkienesque dwarf stereotypes (well, other than being short and liking booze).
** Well... he does fight
traits pretty well. He fights surprisingly fiercely with an axe (not to mention that crossbow...), axes and crossbows, grows something you could call a beard, makes a big deal about Casterly Rock and its gold mines being his rightful inheritance, drinks heavily, has trouble controlling his temper, holds grudges like nobody else, mistakes a female dwarf for a male one, and [[Literature/TheHobbit gets snuck past the wall of a merchant's mansion in a barrel]]...
30th Jan '17 4:05:47 AM Ashles
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* Humboldt in ''Literature/NoMoreHeroes'' is a sensitive, snack-serving Dwarf who is part of a clan cursed to [[DungeonMaintenance maintain the traps and monsters]] within the Crypts of Ramen, and who seems genuinely sad knowing that everyone who comes though the Crypts will almost certainly die. His greatest passion is reading love poetry and he's reduced to a mess of tears when our heroes tell him a modern love story from Earth [[spoiler: Titanic]]

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* Humboldt in ''Literature/NoMoreHeroes'' is a sensitive, snack-serving Dwarf who is part of a clan cursed to [[DungeonMaintenance maintain the traps and monsters]] within the Crypts of Ramen, and who seems genuinely sad knowing that everyone who comes though the Crypts will almost certainly die. His greatest passion is reading love poetry and he's reduced to a mess of tears when our heroes tell him a modern love story from Earth Earth: [[spoiler: Titanic]]
30th Jan '17 3:59:37 AM Ashles
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* Humboldt in ''Literature/NoMoreHeroes'' is a sensitive, snack-serving Dwarf who is part of a clan cursed to [[DungeonMaintenance maintain the traps and monsters]] within the Crypts of Ramen, and who seems genuinely sad knowing that everyone who comes though the Crypts will almost certainly die. His greatest passion is reading love poetry and he's reduced to a mess of tears when our heroes tell him a modern love story from Earth [[spoiler: Titanic]]
24th Jan '17 4:22:37 PM trixus
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* Krayn's character Grunlek in ''WebVideo/{{Aventures}}'' has the technology side, using a mechanical arm for diverse purposes. However he doesn't have racism against elves (the game master said the rivalry doesn't exist in his world), is closer to nature and doesn't have a drinking habit. A live adventure showed that his brethren are more cyborgs than dwarf and even for them Grunlek is different.
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