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13th Aug '17 11:35:39 PM WanderingBrowser
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** The Kogolors of TabletopGame/{{Mystara}} play around with this trope quite heavily. They look like typical dwarves, but they prefer to build houses ''atop'' mountains rather than to live in deep underground lairs (though they do enjoy making suitable caves more livable). They aren't particularly more artistically talented than humans, save in the field of brewing liquor, in which they ''are'' masters. They also hold no particularly great reverence for builders/miners/sculptors and if anything are more appreciative of hunters and farmers, as they make most of their living as farmers, loggers, trappers, furriers, goat-herds, brewers and woodworkers. Finally, in place of the traditional dwarven grumpiness and stubbornness, Kogolors are friendly, cheerful, gregarious, and welcoming, eager to make friends with anybody who seems nice enough. Further twisting the mold, in Mystara back-lore, Kogolors are the '''original model''' of dwarves; the more iconic dwarves are an off-shoot species created by a somewhat paranoid Immortal from the heartiest Kogolors, after they began to die out in the wake of the radioactive Blackmoor disaster. The only Kogolors alive today are those preserved in the Hollow World, with the other extinct races and cultures. For icing on the cake, Kogolors have a ''very'' heavy-handed Swiss motif, complete with wearing lederhosen and those triangular hats, and having a racial proficiency in ''yodelling''.
*** If these dwarves remind you a little of gnomes, there's a good reason for that: they're ''also'' the progenitor race of gnomes, who were created by a Kogolor turned Immortal, Garal Glitterlode, to preserve his people "more accurately" than Kagyar's dwarves did, and encouraged to spread from their mountainous homes to live elsewhere and just be more adaptable.
13th Aug '17 8:29:08 PM ChaoticNovelist
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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 socially conservative but rather egalitarian society of soldiers, miners, and craftsmen. In most settings, dwarves and humans have enough in common to treat each other with respect. They are frequently allies against outside threats.

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In the last couple of decades, decades following Tolkien, 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 socially conservative but rather egalitarian society of soldiers, miners, and craftsmen. In most settings, dwarves and humans have enough in common to treat each other with respect. They are frequently allies against outside threats.
11th Aug '17 8:12:14 PM vegapleiades
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* Merle from ''Podcast/TheAdventureZone'' averts most, if not all, dwarven cliches. He's a cleric who worships Pan (a nature god) who is frequently associated with plantlife. Before the events of the campaign, he lived not in a mountain or a mine, but on a beach. He also has an American accent, but very briefly fakes a Scottish accent when disguising himself in the Murder on the Rockport Limited arc.
11th Aug '17 8:37:58 AM SeptimusHeap
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* It's becoming increasingly common in anime-derived art, including some video games, for female dwarves to be portrayed as cute young girls (often straying into {{Lolicon}} territory).
** Ymir from ''Anime/QueensBlade'' is an example.
** ''VideoGame/{{Lineage 2}}'' uses this.
** The Japanese pen and paper RPG ''Sword World'' does this, with the female dwarves looking more like [[OurGnomesAreWeirder Gnomes]] than anything else.
28th Jul '17 6:46:16 PM WanderingBrowser
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* In addition to the mold-twisting dwarven subraces, the ''[[OurGnomesAreDifferent gnomes]]'' of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' fall under this as well. Whilst D&D dwarves derive quite heavily from Tolkien's depiction of the dwarves, and are thus dour, heavily armored, non-magical warriors who can produce incredibly fine and even enchanted smithcraft, D&D gnomes are thus humble forest & burrow-dwelling little people with an innate affinity for magic, ''especially'' [[MasterOfIllusion illusion]], and enigmatic connections to TheFairFolk. This means they draw more heavily upon many ''mythological'' depictions of dwarves and dwarf-like fae from throughout Europe, such as Germany, Russia, Sweden and Scotland.
24th Jul '17 5:08:13 PM Discar
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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: [[spoiler: Titanic]]Titanic]].
* ''Literature/RoguesOfTheRepublic:'' A calm, industrious race known for clever machines and a near-utopian society where everyone tries to help everyone else. Also, they don't live underground, though they do mine as much as any other industrial race would have to.
17th Jul '17 12:29:00 PM zarpaulus
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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Earthdawn}}'' dwarfs are not only known for mining and axe-swinging, they're known as builders, and not just of physical things, but civilizations as well. As a result they're the dominant race in Barsaive instead of the usual humans, especially after they built the underground "Kaers" where the Namegiver races hid out [[AfterTheEnd the Scourge]].
9th Jul '17 9:44:11 AM kikiandlala
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* Averted in Lyn Abbey's ''Jerlayne'', dwarves are a servitor race to their elven parents. A dwarf is born when an elf mates with an elf (an elf mating with an elf will result in a random variety of fantasy beings such as rusalkas). They have bronze-coloured skin and are all homosexual. Finally unlike the standard dwarf, these dwarves do the farming and household grunt work - they don't mine. In fact, they can't use metal items that haven't been processed by a female elf (only female elves can manipulate and detoxify metal items, and they get their metal by having male elves come to our world to scavenge our junk and bag it).


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* In Lyn Abbey's ''Jerlayne'', dwarves are a servitor race to their elven parents. A dwarf is born when an elf mates with an elf (an elf mating with an elf will result in a random variety of fantasy beings such as rusalkas). They have bronze-coloured skin and are all homosexual. Finally unlike the standard dwarf, these dwarves do the farming and household grunt work - they don't mine. In fact, they can't use metal items that haven't been processed by a female elf (only female elves can manipulate and detoxify metal items, and they get their metal by having male elves come to our world to scavenge our junk and bag it).
8th Jul '17 9:29:49 PM Prime32
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* ''LightNovel/OutbreakCompany'' which is set in an alternate "Tolkeinesque" world uses stock standard male dwarves. Subverted for the female dwarves as they resemble anime lolis.

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* ''LightNovel/OutbreakCompany'' which is set in an alternate "Tolkeinesque" world uses stock standard In ''LightNovel/OutbreakCompany'', male dwarves. Subverted for the female dwarves follow the stock-standard dwarf image... [[BornAsAnAdult from the time they're born]], making it impossible for humans to tell dwarven children from adults. Female dwarves, on the other hand, are capable of passing as they resemble anime lolis.human children. Both are significantly [[SuperStrength stronger]] and [[SuperToughness tougher]] than humans.
20th Jun '17 5:56:51 PM GM_3826
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* Most Dwarfs in ''LightNovel/IsItWrongToTryToPickUpGirlsInADungeon'' fit the usual dwarf archetype, but strangely many of the dwarves to play a major role within the series are much taller than average in spite of dwarves supposedly being shorter. Dormul is roughly average height for a Japanese man and Mia would be an unusually tall HUMAN woman. Tsubaki Collbrande, meanwhile, can be excused for being taller than average by virtue of being only [[HalfHumanHybrid half-dwarf]], although she's still tall for a woman.

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* Most Dwarfs in ''LightNovel/IsItWrongToTryToPickUpGirlsInADungeon'' fit the usual dwarf archetype, but strangely many of the dwarves dwarfs to play a major role within the series are much taller than average in spite of dwarves dwarfs supposedly being shorter. Dormul is roughly average height for a Japanese man and Mia would be an unusually tall HUMAN woman. Tsubaki Collbrande, meanwhile, can be excused for being taller than average by virtue of being only [[HalfHumanHybrid half-dwarf]], although she's still tall for a woman.
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