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[[File:Gregor Roffalski - Dís.jpg|thumb|Dís, Thráin's daughter]]
 
[[File:Gregor Roffalski - Dís.jpg|thumb|Dís, Thráin's daughter]]
 
'''Dwarf-women''' were few among the [[Dwarves]], kept in secret, and were seldom seen by other races.  
 
'''Dwarf-women''' were few among the [[Dwarves]], kept in secret, and were seldom seen by other races.  
 
==Role in society==
 
==Role in society==
For some reason, Dwarves wanted their women to be "protected" from other races and they usually kept them concealed inside their mountain halls. They seldom traveled in the outside world, only in great need, and when they did, they were dressed as men; with similar voice and appearance as male dwarves, even when they are rarely seen they are usually mistaken for a male. All Dwarves had beards from the beginning of their lives<ref>{{WJ|Dwarves}}; a similar statement was made in [[The_Making_of_Appendix_A#Durin's_Folk]]</ref>.
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Dwarves wanted their women to be protected from other races and they usually kept them concealed inside their mountain halls. They seldom traveled in the outside world, only in great need, and when they did, they were dressed as men; with similar voice and appearance as male dwarves, even when they are rarely seen they are usually mistaken for a male. All Dwarves had beards from the beginning of their lives<ref>{{WJ|Dwarves}}; a similar statement was made in [[The_Making_of_Appendix_A#Durin's_Folk]]</ref>.
 
===Family and fertility===
 
===Family and fertility===
 
Women joined their husbands' families. Women were seldom named in genealogies but if a son is seen to be 110 years younger than his father, this usually indicates an elder daughter. [[Thorin]]'s sister [[Dís]] was named simply because of the gallant death of her sons [[Fíli]] and [[Kíli]].
 
Women joined their husbands' families. Women were seldom named in genealogies but if a son is seen to be 110 years younger than his father, this usually indicates an elder daughter. [[Thorin]]'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.
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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.  Moreover, while Dwarf-men outnumbered Dwarf-women two to one, less than half of Dwarf-men actually married:  many preferred to spend their time with their crafts instead. Meanwhile, many Dwarf-women never took a husband either: some desire none, or desired one who could not or would not marry them, in which case they would have no other.
  
 
==Misconceptions==
 
==Misconceptions==
Because of the scarcity of Dwarf-women, their secrecy and identical appearance to males, and their lack of mention, many [[Men]] failed to recognize their existence. They believed that the Dwarves' population was only of men, and a legend said therefore that they were 'born' by growing out of stone.
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Because of the scarcity of Dwarf-women, their secrecy and similarity in appearance to males, and their lack of mention, many [[Men]] failed to recognize their existence. They believed that the Dwarves' population was only of men, and a legend said therefore that they were 'born' by growing out of stone.
  
 
== Portrayal in Adaptations ==
 
== Portrayal in Adaptations ==
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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.
 
: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.
 
'''2012: ''[[The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey]]'':'''
 
'''2012: ''[[The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey]]'':'''
:Some Dwarf women can be seen briefly in the beginning of the film, when the story of the destruction of Erebor is told. Here the women don't have beards and look a lot like Hobbit women.
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:Some Dwarf women can be seen briefly in the beginning of the film, when the story of the destruction of Erebor is told. Some women have beards, whilst some have sideburns of varying length.
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==External links==
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*[http://tolkien.slimy.com/faq/Creatures.html#DwarfBeards Did Dwarf women have beards?] by Steuard Jensen
  
 
{{References}}
 
{{References}}
 
*{{App|Durin}}
 
*{{App|Durin}}
 
==External links==
 
[http://tolkien.slimy.com/faq/Creatures.html#DwarfBeards Did Dwarf women have beards?]
 
  
 
[[Category:Dwarves]]
 
[[Category:Dwarves]]
 
[[de:Zwerge#Zwergenfrauen]]
 
[[de:Zwerge#Zwergenfrauen]]
 
[[fi:Kääpiöt#Kääpiönaisista]]
 
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Latest revision as of 22:57, 9 January 2014

This article is about a concept of the legendarium. For the film scene by Peter Jackson, see Dwarf Women.
Dís, Thráin's daughter

Dwarf-women were few among the Dwarves, kept in secret, and were seldom seen by other races.

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[edit] Role in society

Dwarves wanted their women to be protected from other races and they usually kept them concealed inside their mountain halls. They seldom traveled in the outside world, only in great need, and when they did, they were dressed as men; with similar voice and appearance as male dwarves, even when they are rarely seen they are usually mistaken for a male. All Dwarves had beards from the beginning of their lives[1].

[edit] Family and fertility

Women joined their husbands' families. Women were seldom named in genealogies but if a son is seen to be 110 years younger than his father, this usually indicates an elder daughter. Thorin'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. Moreover, while Dwarf-men outnumbered Dwarf-women two to one, less than half of Dwarf-men actually married: many preferred to spend their time with their crafts instead. Meanwhile, many Dwarf-women never took a husband either: some desire none, or desired one who could not or would not marry them, in which case they would have no other.

[edit] Misconceptions

Because of the scarcity of Dwarf-women, their secrecy and similarity in appearance to males, and their lack of mention, many Men failed to recognize their existence. They believed that the Dwarves' population was only of men, and a legend said therefore that they were 'born' by growing out of stone.

[edit] Portrayal in Adaptations

David T. Wenzel - Dwarf-woman.jpg
1989: The Hobbit (comic book):
During Thorin's and Gandalf's narration about Erebor and Smaug, a flashback panel shows the exodus of the Dwarves of Erebor. Among them, a woman can be seen, since she has no beard and is wearing woman's clothes.

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.

2012: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey:

Some Dwarf women can be seen briefly in the beginning of the film, when the story of the destruction of Erebor is told. Some women have beards, whilst some have sideburns of varying length.

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[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Two. The Later Quenta Silmarillion: Concerning the Dwarves (Chapter 13)"; a similar statement was made in The_Making_of_Appendix_A#Durin's_Folk