dwarf women

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Wow!  It’s been a while since I posted anything, and I feel like I owe you all an explanation!  In September, I got my first studio job and moved across the country, so since then my life has been insanely busy!  Things are finally starting to settle down enough that I have time to finish the personal work I start, so expect to see more from me from here on, and thanks to everyone who stuck with me!  You guys are awesome.

Now let’s talk about Dwarf women.  Recently I decided to take on the task of designing dwarf women who didn’t just feel like little humans, who could be considered attractive, and who also have beards-  because Dwarf women really really should have beards, even if it’s just a little.  Over the course of designing them I considered that probably the main reason Dwarf women are so rarely portrayed with beards is that in our society, beards are a sign of masculinity and being women, they are often still drawn to appeal to our society’s sensibilities.  But Dwarves in fantasy are an entirely separate race from humans with their own styles and sensibilities and saying that their females shouldn’t have beards because it doesn’t appeal to humans is kind of like saying a bird shouldn’t have a beak because it doesn’t appeal to cats.  That all led me down the rabbit hole of thinking about what would likely actually be considered attractive in a Dwarven society– well-maintained beards; Solid, muscled bodies; dainty hands suited to detailed crafting, etc.-  all in all, it was a pretty fun and challenging project!

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‘Women shouldn’t be valued because we are strong, or kick-ass, but because we are people.  So don’t focus on writing characters who are strong.  Write characters who are people.’

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The Sansûkh group has finally come to life at DragonCon!!! We were missing Dís today, but she’ll join us on Sunday for our big photoshoot <3 And we won best group in the Evening at Bree contest and danced to the best of our corseted, bearded ability xD

Left to right- me as Gimrís, @flukeoffate as Mizim, @houkakyou as Bani, @jedi-goldberry-with-the-force as Bomfrís, and @the-dragongirl as Barís

@determamfidd!!!

Fris daughter of Eis

Frís was the daughter of a wealthy Guildmaster, Folgar, and his musician wife Aís. She did not have the height of the great Longbeard families, being only 4'4". Her hair was wheat-gold, and her eyes a very striking blue. She was exceptionally intelligent, very perceptive and shrewd, but also extremely compassionate, though she had a tendency to daydream at times. Her craft was wire-working, and she also made strings and cords for instruments. She married Thráin son of Thrór quite young and bore three children, the two eldest of which inherited her blue eyes. Her great joy was her harp, a joy she passed on to her oldest son Thorin and her daughter Dís (her middle child, Frerin, preferred the fiddle). Frís was killed when the dragon attacked Erebor in 2770 TA.


My take on Thorin’s mom:D God it took me foreverXD

And don’t mind he eyebrows, I just fell in love with the dark eyebrows/pale hair combination (thank you, Lee Pace):D  

 

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Hobbit/LotR Ask Meme: Meztliel and Fangs-and-daisies asked 20. Funniest character race? 

“It’s true you don’t see many Dwarf-women. And in fact, they are so alike in voice and appearance, that they are often mistaken for Dwarf-men. And this in turn has given rise to the belief that there are no Dwarf-women, and that Dwarves just spring out of holes in the ground! Which is, of course, ridiculous.”  

Instead of Tolkien’s Dwarf gender ratio being canon fact, wouldn’t it make more sense as just a myth circulated by other races? I mean, it might as well be just recorded misinformation passed down by elves given how Tolkien tended to be biased against Dwarves anyway

“There’s only a 1:3 Dwarf gender ratio and dwarf women rarely marry and most dwarves are craft-wed and reproduce so slowly they’d eventually die off” was a rumour most likely started by someone who a) couldn’t tell the difference between any Dwarven genders and just made the number up, b) neglected to take homosexual relationships into account and c) assumed that Dwarves only have 2 genders to choose from in the first place. 

About reproduction: the Dwarves descended from thirteen original individuals. They’re not going to breed inadequately after rising to a population of at least hundreds of thousands. Also, unlike elves, there is nothing to say that Dwarven children are only born within marriages; it’s probably not even considered that Dwarves have children out of wedlock (”few marriages obviously means that there are very few children,” ha).

The rumour that dwarf women rarely ever leave their mountains was, again, encouraged by the idea that nobody can tell the genders apart, and assume that every buff bearded Dwarrow on the road is male. 

(The Dwarves don’t understand why everybody is so obsessed with the topic, and tend to stay in their mountains away from all these idiots. Also, female dwarves can take care of themselves, thank you very much, and venture out whenever they bloody well want to.)

Headcanon that the whole thing about dwarves keeping their women shut up in their mountains for protection and them rarely traveling is actual bullshit.  It is true that they make up only about a third of the population, but they both travel and fight in wars if they wish.  However, in both circumstances their clothing is generally the same as men’s.  This is NOT the same as them deliberately dressing as men as a disguise (as Tolkien implies), they simply don’t see the need to differentiate things like practical traveling clothes or armor by gender.  To them, these kinds of clothing are not gendered at all.  It is only dwarf women in softer professions- some cooks and craftswomen, but mostly merchants and musicians, that sort of thing- who regularly wear gowns or more feminine ornamentation.  However, to other races, these dwarrowdams are the only ones who outwardly appear “female,” and in particular, a bearded army in identically styled armor all seem at a glance to be male, which gave rise to the erroneous idea that dwarf women barely leave their mountains or interact with other races.

The dwarves, however, have taken note of the gender inequalities that exist in the societies of men and realized that this works to their advantage.  Dwarf women do not give false names or lie in order to be perceived as male (Men rarely know the difference between a male and female dwarf name anyways), but when it happens, they do not correct it unless they trust the person, and most of the time they simply allow the misconception to continue.  These dwarf women are particularly protective of their more traditionally feminine sisters, and if one of them is harassed by a Man, it is not unusual for him to end up face-to-face with a furious dwarf warrioress with a bristling beard and an axe to his throat.  (This is, in fact, not always necessary, for dwarf children of both genders are usually trained with a weapon at least well enough to defend themselves at need.  This is also partly where the idea that dwarf men jealously guard their women has come from- the Men not realizing that those doing the guarding are also women.)

In order to perpetuate this casual deception of men (and elves, though they tend to catch on much quicker), the Dwarves also keep two sets of records, particularly their geneaologies.  The one printed in Tolkien’s works are the bare-bones male-only ones that they are willing to share with other races (they rarely do, but at times it is necessary).  In private they keep much more complete family trees, but these are written in khuzdul and never shown to outsiders.

Basically I am fixing all of Tolkien’s shitty ideas about dwarf women by pretending that they were written by an in-universe human author who doesn’t actually know shit about dwarves.

Well this was supposed to be for Easterling Appreciation Week, but someone took forever to answer my very sneaky anonymous ask ;P The lovely miss poplitealqueen has been drawing people as dwarves, so I decided to return the favor XD (also now it’s a thank you for helping me through a super crappy night last night XD)  I meant to give her the piercing denoting a master artist since she said she would be a tattooist, but I realized 95% of the way through coloring that I didn’t do it right, oops >.> But I’ve never known a tattoo artist who didn’t have some of their own, so she has markings in both the blue of the western dwarves and the red of the Orocarni, as a sign of her mixed heritage ^^

Not as polished/finished as some of my other ones due to time, but I hope you like it!