''Dwarves'' is a series of fantasy novels by German author Markus Heitz. He strives to give us a new take on dwarf tropes, while at the same time managing to play them completely straight.

Tungdil is a blacksmith, working in the village surrounding the home of the magus Lot-Ionan. He is a foundling and knows nothing of the dwarves, apart from what he has gleaned from Lot-Ionan's books, and is dying to meet "real" dwarves. After a student's [[WackyFratboyHijinx prank on Tungdil goes wrong]], Lot-Ionan sends Tungdil on a [[TheQuest journey]] to return some things to an old apprentice, while insinuating that he doesn't mind if it takes a while.

Meanwhile, The fifthling kingdom, northernmost of the dwarven kingdoms, the guardians of the pass to the [[GrimUpNorth Perished Land]] are overrun, by forces of darkness from without and treachery from within. The Perished Land moves south once again.

In the fourthling kingdom, things are not going well either. Gandogar, aided by his advisor Bislipur, seeks to take the throne of the fourthling kingdom from the aging king, and declare war on [[ElvesVsDwarves their old enemy, the elves.]]

In the second book ''The War of the Dwarves'' Girdlegard faces a new threat. Avatars of the evil god Tion have amassed their armies and prepare themselves for an invasion while the thirdlings have nefarious plans of their own.

By the time of the third book (around 5 years later) Tungdil has become an alcholic, drinking his sorrows away. Evil still exists, however, and it strikes back in full force as if to make Girdlegard pay for the 5 years of peace it got. Terrible death machines bring doom to the dwarves' tunnels, magical monstrosities threaten the fate of the land and it all but looks like the thirdlings are about to play their final and deadliest gambit.

The events of the fourth book take place around 250 years later and focus on [[spoiler: the return of Tungdil from out of the Black Abyss. Doubts arise on his true identity though, as to some dwarves he seems to have ComeBackWrong. Will they be able to save Girdlegard once more?]]
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!! Contains examples of:
* TheAlcoholic: Bavragor. He is more of the BoisterousBruiser type, though. [[spoiler: Except he isn't. He's drowning his sorrows after losing his sister to Bo´ndil's axes.]]
** Also [[spoiler: Tungdil]] in the third book. [[spoiler: Due to falling of a bridge with his toddler son and not being able to save him.]]
* AxCrazy: Bo´ndil. One of his sons seems to have inherited it as well.
* [[SwordOfPlotAdvancement Axe Of Plot Advancement]]: Keenfire.
* BackToBackBadasses: Bo´ndil and B÷endal. All the time, as it's how they were trained to fight.
* BashBrothers: Bo´ndil and B÷endal are twins.
* TheBerserker: Bo´ndil [[spoiler: He killed his wife, Bavragor's sister, during battle-rage, mistaking her for an orc]]
* BigBad: N˘d'onn. [[spoiler: Who was Nudin, making him TheMole too.]]
** Later books feature their own [[BigBad Big Bads]], but it can be argued that the demon that controlled Nudin is the BigBad of the series as a whole.
* TheChosenOne: Subverted by Tungdil. He is put forward as a candidate for the fourthling throne, not because he has any chance of convincing the council to vote for him, and in fact no-one can even prove he is a fourthling. He is being used by the fourthling king to gain time to talk Gandogar out of a war with the elves, since both candidates have to be present at the election. [[spoiler: Later played straight, when he turns out to be the one destined to wield Keenfire.]]
* DeathSeeker: [[spoiler: Rather surprisingly, Bavragor.]]
* ElvesVersusDwarves: Rather one-sided. The dwarves hate the elves for supposedly annhialating the fifthling kingdom years before the main storyline. There are even many who want to go to war with the elves, despite overwhelming evidence that the elves played no part in the genocide. The FantasticRacism at hand is made even stupider with the realization that the elves are rapidly going extinct due to their AlwaysChaoticEvil cousins, the alfs, and that the elves are on the same side of the war against the Perished Land as the dwarves.
** In the third volume, owing to manipulation and misunderstanding, a Dwarf hothead arises who declares himself High King and launches a genocidal war against the Elves. By the time it is over only ''thirty-seven'' Elves are left alive.
* EverybodyDies: By the end of the second book, only a handful of the characters who began at the start or were introduced through it are still standing. Jarring, as most of them were introduced and built up as major protagonists.
* EvilChancellor: [[spoiler: Bislipur. Who is also TheMole]].
* FinalSolution: the stated goal of the Avatars, and the ''eoil'' who drives them, in the second volume. She (the eoil) succeeds in slaughtering every single Dark Elf and Orc in Girdlegard - even those who are only half-alfar/orc. The new and disputed high king of the Dwarfs doesn't help much, when he launches his genocide against the Elves in volume three.
* GloryDays: Bavragor. He created some of the finest stonework in the world, before his love of drink took over.
* GrimUpNorth: Played straight with the Perished Land, however, the orcs also have a nation in the southeast.
* BlackEyesOfEvil: The AlwaysChaoticEvil alfs, when exposed to sunlight, otherwise they look exactly like elves.
* InsistentTerminology: It's ''dwarf'', not groundling.
* KillEmAll: the eoil's solution to the problem of evil - mass genocide, no exceptions.
* {{Mithril}}: In a wide variety of flavours. Every God in the setting created a metal with no earthly counterpart. These metals are all rare and precious, and used almost solely for ornamentation.
* MoralMyopia: the Avatars and the eoil.
* OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame: Except the thirdlings, whose founder vowed to destroy all other clans because he felt shunned by their god.
* OurOrcsAreDifferent: No, they're not. Tolkienian through and through.
* PlanetOfHats: Each dwarven kingdom has one of the traditionally dwarven arts as it's hat: Stoneworking, metalworking, gem-cutting etc.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Tungdil, having been raised by scholar mages, finds himself occasionally doing this though he tries hard to tailor his language level appropriate for the circumstances. Rodario, on the other hand, deliberalty turns this trope [[UpToEleven up several notches]], because he's an actor and playwright and likes to sound smarter than everyone around him.
* LightIsNotGood: In book 2.
* GoodIsNotNice: See above.
* MasterOfDisguise: Rodario, the actor sure is one. [[spoiler: Fooling orcs by disguising as Nod'Onn on more than one occasion.]]
* LargeHam: Rodario again.
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