Twilight of the North
Masters of Stone,
Children of Aule
The Dwarves were originally created by the Vala known as Aule the Smith, though Eru Iluvatar granted them true life and sent them to sleep until after the Awakening of the Elves. Dwarves are shorter than Men or Elves, but sturdy, strong, and loyal, though they also have a tendency to be secretive and stern. They are skilled at working metal and stone, and in the creation of lasting architecture and tools.
Dwarves are long-lived, though not immortal, frequently living to several hundred years of age. They have great endurance for heat, cold, and heavy burdens. Dwarven women constitute less than a third of the population and rarely travel – those that do might be mistaken for dwarven men, thanks to their durable clothing and dour manner.
Most Dwarves currently in Middle-earth live in and around the ancient and powerful kingdom of Khazad-dum, delved underneath the Misty Mountains. Dwarves of other clans live in the far eastern reaches of the world, but they have only occasional contact with the lands of the West.
Each Dwarven clan is descended from one of the legendary Fathers of the Dwarves.
|Longbeards||Durin’s Folk, lords of Khazad-dum and delvers into the depths of the earth.|
|Firebeards||Uri’s Folk, travelers and traders who bring goods and news from far and wide.|
|Broadbeams||Linnar’s Folk, craftsmen and farmers who fuel the furnaces and fill the larders of Khazad-dum.|
|Other Clans||The Ironfists, Stiffbeards, Blacklocks, and Stonefoots, descended from younger Fathers of the Dwarves, live in the far east and rarely have any contact with the dwarves or other folk of northwestern Middle-earth.|