Half-dwarves (also known as dwelves[2] or halfbloods) were humanoids born through the union of a dwarf and another humanoid race.[1]

Ecology[edit | edit source]

Half-dwarves were usually the result of a dwarf mating with a human, gnome, elf, or halfling.[1] The offspring of a dwarf and an elf was known as a "dwelf" (which was pluralized to "dwelves").[2]

The fertility and offspring of half-dwarves was similar to that of half-elves. If a half-dwarf mated with a pureblood dwarf, the offspring would be a pureblood dwarf. If a half-dwarf mated with another half-dwarf or a nondwarf, the offspring would be a half-dwarf.[1]

Physical characteristics[edit | edit source]

Although slightly taller, half-dwarves were not a distinct race. Biologically, half-dwarves were almost indistinguishable from dwarves.[1]

The physical and mental characteristics that were inherited by dwelves varied between individuals. This meant that some dwelves had more elvish characteristics and some had more dwarven characteristics.[3]

Culture[edit | edit source]

Like half-elves, dwelves would adopt the cultures and gods of whoever raised them.[3]

Non-dwarven mates who entered into dwarven culture were honored and respected by dwarves for their bravery and loyalty.[1]

Homelands[edit | edit source]

Half-dwarf races were common in Ardeep, Eaerlann, and Myth Drannor at one point in history[note 1] but by 1358 DR were unheard of.[1]

Notable half-dwarves[edit | edit source]

Isinghar "Feyrune" Ironstar
Isinghar was a dwelf runecarver and archmage from Ammarindar. Isinghar was one of five individuals who raised Myth Glaurach's mythal.[2]
Bryth Moonaxe
Bryth was an inhabitant of Iltkazar and Lord Knight Commander of the Axe Brothers. He was released from a Phezult's sleep of ages spell in 1370 DR.[4]
Daeros Dragonspear
Daeros was a famous adventurer. After retiring from adventuring in 1255 DR, Daeros built Dragonspear Castle.[5]
Labrad was a dwelf gardener. Orphaned after his elven father and dwarven mother were killed, Labrad was among the first people to settle in Cormanthor. Labrad was buried at Greener's Glade in Dlabraddath, Myth Drannor.[6][7] [note 2]
Anthan Narlgold
Anthan Narlgold was a half-human/half-dwarf heir to Clan Narlgold. Anthan is best known for slaying Gaulguth at the Lost Trench in 713 DR. Anthan killed the nycaloth by impaling him with a spike of mithral.[8]

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See also[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Although the period of history is not made explicit, Eaerlann existed between −4700 DR and 882 DR. It's safe to assume that it was sometime within this period of history that half-dwarves were common.
  2. The Campaign Guide in The Ruins of Myth Drannor mentions that Dlarbraddath was named after a dwelf gardener. Considering that the name Labrad can almost be found within the name Dlarbraddath, it's likely that this passage is referring to Labrad and is not describing a different character.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Ed Greenwood (October 1990). Dwarves Deep. (TSR, Inc.), p. 6. ISBN 0-88038-880-3.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Eric L. Boyd (2001-08-29). Part 5: Myth Glaurach. Mintiper's Chapbook. Wizards of the Coast.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Steven E. Schend (2015-06-15). Half-breeds. Candlekeep Forum. Retrieved on 2015-09-07.
  4. Eric L. Boyd (1999). Drizzt Do'Urden's Guide to the Underdark. (TSR, Inc), p. 102. ISBN 0-7869-1509-9.
  5. Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood (September, 2007). The Grand History of the Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 127. ISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.
  6. Steven E. Schend and Kevin Melka (1998). Cormanthyr: Empire of the Elves. (TSR, Inc), p. 79. ISBN 0-7069-0761-4.
  7. Ed Greenwood (March 1993). “Campaign Guide to Myth Drannor”. In Newton H. Ewell ed. The Ruins of Myth Drannor (TSR, Inc.), p. 19. ISBN 1-5607-6569-0.
  8. Steven E. Schend (1998). The Fall of Myth Drannor. (TSR, Inc), pp. 35–36. ISBN 0-7869-1235-9.
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