I’m an author of, among other things, fantasy. I’m also a reader of the genre. Dwarves are probably my favorite fantasy race. Yet, as a reader, it annoys me to constantly see them portrayed as drunken idiots so often. Why do so many writers treat them that way? People often refer to dwarves as “dorfs”, further putting the race as a whole down.

What has happened to the noble, honorable dwarf in fantasy? Where have they gone? When I use a dwarf character in a project I try my utmost to take care to depict the character in a good light. Mead is fine. But why do so many authors center the lives of their dwarven characters around mead and war? What’s up with that?

Scott Harper


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