Dwarf (mythology)

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For other meanings of dwarf, see dwarf.

Dwarfs or Dwarves are creatures from Norse and Germanic mythology, and other mythical stories and fairy tales. They have also become a staple of the fantasy genre.

Modern fantasy and fiction

Dwarves appear in many different forms in fantasy fiction, such as The Lord of the Rings (see Khazâd), The Chronicles of Narnia, or Eragon. They are also found in role playing games such as Dungeons and Dragons. Generally they are described as being short, usually bearded and known for their metal working and mining. Often they are also strong and make for powerful fighters beyond what their size would dictate, which is common in In role playing games and stories such as The Lord of the Rings.

Dwarves have also appeared in feature films, the most famous of which is Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, a children's animation from Walt Disney. It was adapted from a German medieval fairytale of the same name.