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Petty dwarves by Angus McBride
General Information
Other namesS. Nibin-noeg, Nibin-Nogrim, Noegyth Nibin
OriginsExiles from the eastern Dwarf-cities
LocationsDwelt at one time at Nulukkizdîn in the Caverns of Narog, and latterly at Bar-en-Nibin-noeg on Amon Rûdh
RivalriesElves; especially Noldor
LanguagesKhuzdul, Sindarin
MembersMîm, Ibun, Khîm
Physical Description
DistinctionsSmaller, far more unsociable, freely gave away their Khuzdul names
Average heightShorter than the other Dwarves
GalleryImages of Petty-dwarves

The Petty-dwarves were a diminutive race of Dwarves.

Petty-dwarves differed from normal Dwarves in various ways: they were smaller, far more unsociable, and they freely gave away their names: other Dwarves kept their Khuzdul names and language a secret. This may have been one of the reasons they were exiled.[1]

[edit] History

The Petty-dwarves were Dwarves of [presumably] several clans, which had been exiled from eastern Dwarf cities for unclear reasons. They were the first to cross the Ered Luin in the First Age, and established strongholds in Beleriand before the Elves arrived, at Nulukkizdîn and Sharbhund (also known as Bar-en-Nibin-noeg, the "House of the Petty Dwarves"). In Beleriand they diminished in physical stature and in smith-craft.[2]

Steamey - Hunting

The Sindar, not acquainted with Dwarves yet, thought the Petty-dwarves were animals, and hunted them. Not until the Dwarves of Belegost and Nogrod established contact with the Sindar did they realize what the "animals" were and named them Noegyth Nibin; Petty-dwarves.

Afterwards they were mostly left alone, but they had already dwindled and hated all Elves with a passion; especially the Noldor whom they saw as usurpers who took their lands (Nargothrond was built in Nulukkizdîn).[2] In the time of the Wars of Beleriand the Petty-dwarves had nearly died out. The last remnant of their people were Mîm and his two sons Ibun and Khîm, who lived at Amon Rûdh.[2]

[edit] Other names

A name among the Eldar for the Petty-dwarves was Levain tad-dail (biped animals), or simply Tad-dail.[3] Another name, used among the Sindar, was Noegyth Nibin or Nibin-Noeg or Nibin-Nogrim.


  1. Helge Fauskanger, "Khuzdul - the secret tongue of the Dwarves", Ardalambion (accessed 7 December 2019)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Túrin Turambar"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Four. Quendi and Eldar: Appendix B. Elvish names for the Dwarves", p. 388
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