|“||Soon Master Elf, you will enjoy the fabled hospitality of the dwarves. Roaring fires, malt beer, red meat off the bone.||”|
–The Fellowship of the Ring (movie)
The Dwarves, unlike Men and Elves, weren't made by Eru Illuvitar. Instead, they were created by Aule, who, not wanting to wait for the Children of Illuvitar to be made, decided to make a race that he could teach his lore and crafts to. So he made the Dwarves in secret under the mountains of Middle-Earth. Unfortunately, it was not within his power to create life, so he would have to tell his father sooner or later.
Of course, when Eru Illuvitar heard about this, he was none too impressed. So Aule told Illuvitar that he could do with the Dwarves as he wished, including destroy them. However, Illuvitar didn't do this; instead, he wished the Dwarves to live, but to awaken after the Elves.
The Seven Fathers of the Dwarves awoke around 100 years after the Elves. They proceeded to live in several locations; Belegrost and Nogrod in the Blue Mountains, and Khazad-Dum under the Misty Mountains. In those days, the Dwarves forged the finest steel ever seen, and often fought alongside Elves and Dwarves in great battles against Dragons and other spawn of Melkor. Dwarves were better able to withstand fire than any of the other major races at the time, and their great strength greatly aided them in their fight against Dragons.
It was around this time that the One Ring was forged, and that Sauron presented seven of the Rings of Power to the Dwarves, one to each of the major clans, hoping to submit them to his will. However, this didn't work; despite his best efforts, Sauron was unable to make the Dwarves do as he wished, and it did not even cause the Lords who wielded them to become invisible. The fact that these rings didn't work on the Dwarves may have been partly due to the Dwarves' natural hardiness, and the fact that only the most powerful Dwarf Lords possessed the rings. The only side effect that these rings produced was that the wielder became very greedy, and that attracted Dragons.
By this time, the race of Dwarves had begun to dwindle. Khazad-Dum was abandoned after the Dwarves dug too deep, awakening a Balrog, who was later named Durin's Bane. The surviving Dwarves moved to the Grey Mountains and the Lonely Mountain. Unfortunately, the fact that the Dwarves kept wanting to accumulate more and more wealth attracted trouble, and eventually Smaug proceeded to attack the Lonely Mountain.
Following this, Thrain II (wielding one of the Seven Rings) started to wander the world. He was captured by Azog and killed. This marked the beginning of the War of Dwarves and Goblins. The war lasted seven years, and ended when Azog was slain by Daìn II Ironfoot. In the movies by Peter Jackson, the Ring began to make Thrain II greedy, and he walked alone to the Lonely Mountain. There he was captured by Sauron, and died in the dungeons of Dol Guldur.
In TA 2941, Thorin, Bilbo Baggins, and twelve other Dwarves set out to recapture the Lonely Mountain. This operation was a success, and Daìn II Ironfoot became king under the Mountain. Meanwhile, Balin attempted to recolonize Moria, but he and all his Dwarves perished in the end by the hands of orcs that had taken residence deep in the caverns of the mines.
During the War of the Ring, 30,000 Dwarves of the Lonely Mountain, along with 20,000 Men of Dale, set up a siege against over 200,000 Easterlings. This war came to an end when the Easterlings heard about Sauron's fall; by that time, almost 100,000 Easterlings had been slain, thanks to the quality of the Dwarves' masonry, which rendered the Easterlings' siege engines rather ineffective. The fact that the defenders were armed with Dwarvish weapons, too, didn't help the Easterlings.
After the War of the Ring, Gimli, son of Gloin, set up a new Dwarf colony in Rohan, in an area known as the Glittering Caves near Helm's Deep. Among other things, the Dwarves rebuilt the gate of Minas Tirith and redesigned the city.
Apperance & PhysiologyEdit
When Aule created the Dwarves, he decided to make them very strong, sturdy, and resistant to corruption, due to the threat of Melkor. Dwarves are a little taller than Hobbits, but much broader and heavier. Dwarves are better able to withstand heat and cold better than Men, and also have better endurance. They learned new artisanal skills quickly (especially those regarding metal and stone) and can live for up to 250 years.
Most Dwarves did not have a wife, and spent their time crafting and mining. Few female dwarven warriors are known, but it is thought that they were just as strong as their male counterparts when they needed to fight. And all Dwarves, male, female, or children, had long and impressive beards.
In the LotR ModEdit
They live underground in the mines and in dwarf houses and are also known for their appreciation of ale and cooked meat. Dwarves have randomly selected patronymic names and a variety of different skins, but they all have one thing in common: their rather impressive beards. All dwarves, women and children alike, have beards with which they are born, and it is this that has led to their women often being mistaken for their men. This, in turn, has led to the belief that there are no dwarf women, and that dwarves just spring up from holes in the ground (which is, of course, ridiculous). In Tolkien's version And there are different clans the oldest one led by Durin and his descendants called Durin's Folk or Longbeards but here are the names of the other clans. Longbeards Firebeards Broadbeams Ironfists Stiffbeards Blacklocks Stonefoots all named after Durin and the Seven Dwarf Fathers.
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