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Post by Ringo Flinthammer » 03 Dec 2004 06:40 pm

Speaking of LotR dwarves: The Very Secret Diary of Gimli, Son of Gloin. Warning, implied smuttiness and discussion of a "pervy hobbit fancier."

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Post by goomba_boy » 08 Dec 2004 12:39 pm

Ringo Flinthammer wrote:Speaking of LotR dwarves: The Very Secret Diary of Gimli, Son of Gloin. Warning, implied smuttiness and discussion of a "pervy hobbit fancier."


Warning: reading these diaries can be hazardous for your health - I had to tuck a lung back in from laughing so hard.

Plus, I will NEVER be caught alone with Dmitry from the graffe.com boards as long as I live. Now I know why he is so obsessed with pointy hats...

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Post by Ringo Flinthammer » 10 Jan 2005 12:11 am

Here's a post over on the GU forums. Reposting it here in case that one eventually gets eaten by the forums there. Big thanks to Joker for sending me a PM over at Graffe's about this one:

BlackLeggedPeach wrote:Real Dwarf names

Völuspá is rather long poem written more than 1300 years ago, nobody knows its true origin but it is believed to be much older than that. It is written in Sweden or Norway by some great poet (skáld). It is the oldest record about the idea of dwarfs. In the poem, wich is the base to Nordic Mysticsm, the dwarfs are described as small but hardy, great craftsmen wich lived in the earth. They are created from the earth, or from Ýmir's body (the earth is told to be created from the body of Ýmir, the first and biggest ogre ever alive (they are from Völuspá too, named Jötunn in the Poem)) and the only dwarfs were the dwarfs created from the earth - they did not have children. Some of the dwarfs were later reqruited to service by Óðinn the Alfather, the greatest and highest of all gods, given the job to craft great items (they for example craftet Þór's (Thor) hammer ) and four of them were given the responsibility of holding Ýmir's head (the sky) above the earth. All those dwarf's names are told in one part of Völuspá (all those words are names):

(These are the names of dwarfs that lived in mud):

Nýi, Niði
Norðri, Suðri
Austri, Vestri
Alþjófr, Dvalinn
Nár, Náinn
Nipingr, Dáinn
Bifur, Báfur
Bömbur, Nori,
Óri, Ónar
Óinn, Mjöðvitnir (Mjöðvitnir means "The god of Ale")
Vigr, Gandálfr
Vindálfr, Þorinn
Fili, Kili
Fundinn, Vali,
Þrór, Þróinn,
Þekkr, Litr, Vitr,
Nýr, Nýráðr,
Rekkr, Ráðsvinnr.

(These are the names of the dwarfs that lived in stone):

Glaupnir, Dólgþvari
Haur, Hugstari
Hleðjólfr, Glóinn
Dóri, Óri,
Dúfr, Andþvari
Heftifili,
Hár, Svíar.


The poem is written in Icelandic (or in common Nordic by that time but Icelandic has evoluted so little (compared to Swedish, Danish and Norwegian) that a big part of modern Icelanders can read this poems and understand them).
How to Pronounce these names:
"Þ or þ" is prounonced as the "th" in the word "thick"
"ð" is pronounced as the "th" in the words "that" or "the"
"O or o" is always pronounced as the "o" in the word "or"
"Ó or ó" is always pronounced as the "o" in the word "so" or when someone says "K.O." or "OK"
"A or a" is always pronounced as the "a" in the word "Alchoholic"
"Á or á" is always pronounced as the "ou" in the word "out"
"I or i, Y or y" is always pronounced as the "i" in the word "in"
"Í or í, Ý or ý" is always pronounced as the "ee" in the word "free"
"U or u" has a quiet special pronouncing in Icelandic... it is something like the "u" in the word "circus", but nothing like the "u" in the word "use" or in the word "humble". I hope you know what I mean :)
"Ö or ö" is like the "u" in the word "Humble"

Also the "R or r" is pronounced strongly, like done in scottish.


I hope this will be useful for some dwarf players out there to find cool and original names for their dwarven characters.

http://forums.gucomics.com/viewtopic.php?t=5823

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Post by Clouseau » 10 Jan 2005 11:24 am

Those are great names, but I think I pulled an eye muscle trying to read some of them.

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Post by goomba_boy » 10 Jan 2005 12:00 pm

Now we know where J.R.R. Tolkein got his naming inspiration from. If I were an Icelandic copyright lawyer, I'd be drooling over this case (well, drooling and then chipping the ice off of the corners of my mouth).

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Post by Ringo Flinthammer » 13 Jan 2005 07:35 pm

Dwarves shortly after getting it on: http://www.giantitp.com/cgi-bin/GiantIT ... ript?SK=84

(The whole comic series is good, though.)

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Post by Ringo Flinthammer » 15 Jan 2005 05:43 pm

The Dropkick Murphies sing the Sawed Off theme song, in a free MP3 of "Barroom Hero."

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Post by Vashanti » 15 Jan 2005 05:51 pm

Ooga booga.

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Post by Clouseau » 18 Jan 2005 03:12 pm

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* Cheery Littlebottom is a dwarf in the City Watch in Terry Pratchett novels.
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Post by Clouseau » 02 Feb 2005 12:42 pm

/duck

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Post by Ringo Flinthammer » 17 Feb 2005 07:10 pm

A dwarf card game, featuring dwarves with flying machines!

http://enworld.rpgshop.com/product_info ... _id=36109&

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Post by Ringo Flinthammer » 21 Feb 2005 08:25 pm

A dwarf mining board game!

http://www.kenzerco.com/dwarven_dig/

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Post by Ringo Flinthammer » 14 Jun 2005 12:35 pm

Dwarves of "The Lord of the Rings" and other Middle-Earth sources: http://tolkien.cro.net/dwarves/list.html

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Post by Ringo Flinthammer » 14 Jun 2005 12:41 pm

The song of the wealth of the King Under the Mountain, stolen by the dragon Smaug, from "The Hobbit":

Far over the misty mountains cold
To dungeons deep and caverns old
We must away ere break of day
To seek the pale enchanted gold.
The dwarves of yore made mightly spells,
While hammers fell like ringing bells
In places deep, where dark things sleep,
In hollow halls beneath the fells.
For ancient king and elvish lord
There many a gleaming golden hoard
They shaped and wrought, and light they caught
To hide in gems on hilt of sward.
On silver necklaces they strung
The flowering stars, on crowns they hung
The dragon-fire, in twisted wire
They meshed the light of moon and sun.
Far over the misty mountains cold
To dungeouns deep and caverns old
We must away, ere break of day,
To claim our long-forgotten gold.
Goblets they carved there for themselves
And harps of gold; where no man delves
There lay they long, and many a song
Was sung unheard by men or elves.
The pines were roaring on the height,
The winds were moaning in the night,
The fire was red, it flaming spread;
The trees like torches blazed with light.
The bells were ringing in the dale
And men looked up with faces pale;
The dragon's ire more fierce than fire
Laid low their towers and houses frail.
The mountain smoked beneath the moon;
The dwarves, they heard the tramp of doom.
They fled their hall to dying fall
Beneath his feet, beneath the moon.
Far over the misty mountains grim
To dungeons deep and caverns dim
We must away, ere break of day,
To win our harps and gold from him!
Far over the misty mountains cold
To dungeons deep and caverns old
We must away, ere break of day,
To find our long-forgotten gold.


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Post by Ringo Flinthammer » 06 Sep 2005 02:18 pm

The premier D&D Web site tackles why dwarves are Scottish. (The real answer, of course, that Scots are actually imitating the dwarves.)


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Post by Ringo Flinthammer » 20 Sep 2005 09:56 am

A really cool and customizable dwarven miniature:

http://www.heresyminiatures.com/images/pages/hh013.htm

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Post by Clouseau » 27 Oct 2005 06:38 pm

DWARF TABLE MANNERS

...do actually exist, despite what you may think. They're just different.

Dwarfs spend a lot of their time in the dark, being polite and quiet, eating moderately (because there is a limit to what you can carry in a mine shaft) and not drinking. This is because a drunkard blundering around in a narrow dark space full of pit props does not make friends easily.

However, this way of life it not a natural way to behave and so, when they get together socially, dwarfs tend to let their beards down.

Humans aren't often invited to share their lives, but you may be invited to a dwarf banquet. Do not wear your best clothes. Something lightweight is advisable, since the heat is usually intense.

Expect to be served meat on the bone, with no cutlery other than a very sharp knife. The correct way to consume your food is to cram as much as possible into your mouth. That's it, really. Meat bones are hurled away from you with force, ant it is considered good manners, or at least very amusing, to hit another diner.

Do not look for a vegetarian option.

Beer is the only drink served at dwarf banquets. The correct method of drinking is the 'quaff', whereby the beer is violently propelled towards the mouth from horn or mug held some inches away. Do not worry if you miss, because it is bound to hit someone else, who will be grateful for it.

A proper banquet has only three courses:
1. The bread and meat
2. Carousing
3. Fighting

The carousing is easy, since no one else will remember the words either, and if it comes to that no one really knows what 'carouse' means. It's more or less like the way people behave around an all-night Klatchian take-away after the pubs have shut.

Do not worry about the fighting. At this stage of the evening any human still able to stand up is considered practiacally an honorary dwarf. However, any woman with her hair in long pigtails would be advised to steer clear of any dwarf with a throwing axe and a beer-soaked belief in his marksmanship.

From: Nanny Ogg's Cookbook By: Terry Pratchett
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