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About The LOTR Dwarf Name Generator

About The LOTR Dwarf Name Generator

Are you handy with an axe? Do you know lots of songs about gold? Are tunnels and caves the places where you feel most comfortable? If so, you may be in need of a new dwarf name from our dwarf name generator! The proud race of dwarfs have been a fantasy standard ever since J.R.R. Tolkien wrote The Hobbit, and our generators give you the chance to create Lord of the Rings-style names alongside the distinctive dwarf names favored in Games Workshop's epic Warhammer gaming universe.

You can use our generators to create names for male and female dwarfs of all ages, whether they're random names or uniquely created from your own name. It's a great way to create distinctive character names for MMORPGS like World of Warcraft, for tabletop role playing games, or just to add a little heroic fantasy splendor to your day!

The Creation of Dwarfs

Dwarfs originally appeared in German and Norse folklore, and were often wise beings who lived in mountains or underground, and were experts at crafting and mining. Norse mythology actually gives different origins for the dwarfs – in some stories they're born from the blood of Brimir and the bones of Blainn, while other stories say that four dwarfs are responsible for holding up the sky. It's theorized by some scholars that dwarfs weren't originally thought of as small, and that this idea developed thanks to Christian influences on Norse mythology suggesting that dwarfs were 'lesser' spiritual creatures, which eventually translated into 'smaller'. Dwarfs were almost always bearded, and had the ability to make themselves invisible, while many stories would feature both male and female dwarfs lusting after the tale's human protagonists. A large number of these stories were eventually collected together and popularized by the Brothers Grimm, most notably with the Seven Dwarfs in 'Snow White', which went on to inspire the legendary Disney animation.

Tolkien's Dwarves

Tolkien stuck relatively close to the original Norse tales when he was first creating the stories of Middle Earth that would later become The Silmarillion, although he did end up using a different plural version of the word – 'dwarves' instead of 'dwarfs', a change which he later referred to as a piece of 'bad grammar'. In the earliest tales of Middle Earth (collected together in The Book of Lost Tales), the dwarves are portrayed as largely evil and nefarious creatures working for orc mercenaries.

However, when Tolkien utilized his setting for Middle-Earth in order to write the story that would become The Hobbit, he significantly changed the portrayal of the dwarves. While there was still a major influence from Norse and Germanic mythology – the dwarves use Anglo-Saxon runes as their writing, and all the original dwarvish names hail from the 'Catalogue of the Dwarfs' that appears in the Poetic Edda, a collection of original Norse poetic myths – Tolkien was equally influenced by medieval texts describing the history of the Jews, leading to concepts like the dispossessed nature of the dwarves and their struggle to reclaim their homeland of the Lonely Mountain. Once he came to writing The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien deep-ended these themes, and even used the Hebrew language as a rough inspiration for creating the dwarvish language of Khuzdul.

Dwarves in The Silmarillion

Tolkien eventually wrote a specific creation myth for the Middle-Earth dwarves into the collected tales of The Silmarillion (finally published after his death in 1973), including the original clans of the dwarves – the Longbeards, the Firebeards, the Broadbeams, the Ironfists, the Stiffbeards, the Blacklocks and the Stonefotts. The most dwarf-centric story in The Silmarillion – 'The Nauglafring' – was also the earliest written and still had the more 'evil' portrayal of the dwarves, leading to it being rewritten after Tolkien's death by his son Christopher Tolkien and fellow writer Guy Gavriel Kay in order to be more consistent.

Dwarfs in Pop Culture

Tolkien's portrayal of the dwarves has gone on to be massively influential, with similar races appearing in dozens of fantasy sagas. They have ended up one of the biggest elements of Dungeons & Dragons, still one of the most significant tabletop role-playing games around, and this also led to their inclusion in the dark and gothic world of Games Workshop's Warhammer universe. They are also a key element of Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels, playing a major role in a number of the novels including Guards! Guards!, Men At Arms and Feet of Clay.

In movies, aside from Disney's iconic Seven Dwarfs, Tolkien also looms large, with Gimli from The Lord of the Rings trilogy being the most significant dwarf character of recent times, alongside Thorin Oakenshield and his twelve compatriots in The Hobbit trilogy. There are also the grungier Seven Dwarfs from Snow White & The Huntsmen (2012), the titular character from Willow (1985), the anarchic criminals from the cult classic Time Bandits (1981), the dwarves of Warcraft (2016), and many more!

Please note: this is a fan commentary page intended to encourage interest in the fantasy race known as dwarfs. This dwarf name generator is not an official publication and is not in any way affiliated with or endorsed by Games Workshop, the estate of J.R.R. Tolkien, Tolkien Enterprises, or any of their licensees. Copyrights and trademarks for the books, films, articles, and other promotional materials are held by their respective owners and their reference is allowed under the fair use clause of copyright law. Tolkien created an extensive world in The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Silmarillion and other works, and a very small amount of the Tolkien's works are quoted here under fair use. Similarly, Games Workshop have created a very extensive world in the Warhammer Universe, and their dwarf naming conventions information is quoted here under fair use. All information was gathered from factual reference material lists in the public domain. (Wikipedia 1). The extremely limited quotation of Tolkien's works and Games Workshop's works is in no way intended to harm or undermine the market value of those works, rather to encourage fans to engage with and seek out those works.

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