Dwarf Fact Sheet
List of Facts about Dwarves for Young Fantasy Writers
I love writing fantasy—it’s such a lot of fun inventing a new world. In my first unicorn fantasy book: The Adventures of Crimson and the Guardian, I created some new species and drew on traditional fantasy characters: dwarves, unicorns and elves. I played around with one of the most traditional ideas about dwarves—that they live underground: mine live in trees! You can read the first chapter of my book here.
When you write your dwarves, you don’t have to create them with all the old, well-known characteristics, but remember your reader still needs to be able to recognize them as dwarves. If they are completely different, you have probably created a new species.
Here are some things I discovered about dwarves in my research. And yes, in my second book of the series, I have the dwarves trying to reclaim their long-lost caves from the two-headed dragon-like creatures called tworns. Well, most of the dwarves—after all, perhaps some of them actually like living in trees. Can you believe it?
- Dwarves live in underground caves and tunnels where they mine precious metals and gems.
- Dwarves live to about 250 years. They are not considered an adult until they are 65 years old.
- Dwarves are great in a battle. They love to fight close-range. Their favorite weapons are axes and hammers.
- Female dwarves look like male dwarves. Some, but not all writers, say they grow beards too.
- Dwarves are known to be grumpy, especially when dealing with elves, whom they distrust.
- Dwarves love treasure and hoard their gold, jewels and precious metals.
- Dwarves never go bald. All the members of one clan will usually braid their beards the same way.
- Dwarves are resistant to poison and magic, ie evil magic spells won’t work on them. But they can create magic tools, armor and weapons, instruments and toys.
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