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Contrary to popular belief, '''Dwarf-women''' do indeed exist, although [[Dis]] was the only named Dwarf-woman mentioned by [[J.R.R. Tolkien|Tolkien]]. [[Gimli]] stated that only approximately one-third of their population consisted of women. Because of this, they are usually kept concealed inside their mountain halls to be protected from other races. They seldom travel in the outside world and when they do they dress as men, with similar voice and appearance as male dwarves, even when they are rarely seen they are usually mistaken for a male. Many [[Men]] believe the myth that [[Dwarves]] actually grow out of stone. The lack of Dwarf-women is also the reason for the slow increase in population of the race. Less than one-third of Dwarf-men take a wife, and those that do are bound to her for life. The other males prefer to spend their time with their crafts instead of women and even some women do not end up marrying: some desire none, some want one they cannot have, and will have no other one (the degree of choice granted to Dwarf-women about who or even if they should marry is perhaps indicative of a relatively large amount of social freedom granted to women in Dwarf society).
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'''Dwarf-women''' are the female [[Dwarves]]. They were usually kept concealed inside their mountain halls to be protected from other races. They seldom traveled in the outside world, only in great need, and when they do they dress as men, with similar voice and appearance as male dwarves, even when they are rarely seen they are usually mistaken for a male.  
  
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Women are seldom named in genealogies. They join their husbands' families. But if a son is seen to be 110 years than his father, this usually indicates an elder daughter. [[Thorin Oakenshield]]'s sister [[Dís]] was named simply because of the gallant death of her sons [[Fíli]] and [[Kíli]].
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[[Gimli]] stated that only approximately one-third of their population consisted of women which was the reason for the slow increase in population of the race: less than one-third of Dwarf-men were married (others preferred to spend their time with their crafts instead) and even those were bound to her for life. Furthermore, some women did not end up marrying: some desire none, or denied to marry any other than the one they wanted.
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==Beliefs==
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Because of the scarcity of Dwarf-women, their secrecy and identical appearance to males, and their lack of mention, many [[Men]] believed the myth that [[Dwarves]] actually grow out of stone.
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== Portrayal in Adaptations ==
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'''2002: ''[[The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers]]'':'''
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:Dwarf women are mentioned in the Extended Edition only, during [[Gimli]]'s rant to [[Éowyn]] concerning Dwarven culture. The dialogue actually reproduces some of the information seen in [[Appendix A]]: Durin's Folk. On his mention that Men believe that there are no female Dwarves, [[Aragorn]] whispers a tongue-in-cheek explanation "''It's the beard!''" causing Éowyn to laugh.
 
==References==
 
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* [[The Return of the King]], [[Appendix A]]
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Dís, Thráin's daughter

Dwarf-women are the female Dwarves. They were usually kept concealed inside their mountain halls to be protected from other races. They seldom traveled in the outside world, only in great need, and when they do they dress as men, with similar voice and appearance as male dwarves, even when they are rarely seen they are usually mistaken for a male.

Women are seldom named in genealogies. They join their husbands' families. But if a son is seen to be 110 years than his father, this usually indicates an elder daughter. Thorin Oakenshield's sister Dís was named simply because of the gallant death of her sons Fíli and Kíli.

Gimli stated that only approximately one-third of their population consisted of women which was the reason for the slow increase in population of the race: less than one-third of Dwarf-men were married (others preferred to spend their time with their crafts instead) and even those were bound to her for life. Furthermore, some women did not end up marrying: some desire none, or denied to marry any other than the one they wanted.

Beliefs

Because of the scarcity of Dwarf-women, their secrecy and identical appearance to males, and their lack of mention, many Men believed the myth that Dwarves actually grow out of stone.

Portrayal in Adaptations

2002: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers:

Dwarf women are mentioned in the Extended Edition only, during Gimli's rant to Éowyn concerning Dwarven culture. The dialogue actually reproduces some of the information seen in Appendix A: Durin's Folk. On his mention that Men believe that there are no female Dwarves, Aragorn whispers a tongue-in-cheek explanation "It's the beard!" causing Éowyn to laugh.

References