Some use the term “clan” for many things… in dwarven terms it means their lineage… nothing more. Which means that it can only be used to refer to the 7 clans (Longbeards, Firebeards, Broadbeams, Ironfists, Stiffbeards, Stonfoots and Blacklocks).
Many have asked what we know about all of these, as most of the material we have relates to the Longbeards only.
Well, I’ve tried to compile all I could find of several sources and put that into a little document. I tells about general appearance, weapons, beards, weight, height, etc… . Hope it proves usefull for many RP-ers.
|*1 Note that all dwarves, regardless of their clan become grey and/or white when reaching old age.|
|*2 Those Longbeards of Durin’s Line lived longer than other dwarves of their clan / Those of the line of the other fathers also were long-lived, though not as long as Durin|
|*3 All dwarves are Short, Stocky Strong with exceptionally strong limbs and sport beards (even the females).|
|*4 Quite a high number of the Broadbeams die before their natural age expectancy due to corpulence.|
|*5 When reaching old age the color of the eyes of dwarves often goes dim.|
|*6 Some Longbeards have been known to be as tall as 5′ 4″.|
|*7 Some shades of Black have a Blue tint to them, and some shades of Blond are referred to as Yellow.
Longbeards: Slightly taller than other clans. It is said that they grew higher slightly and every couple of generations, to support their longer beards.
Broadbeams: The Broadbeams, as their name implies in general are especially heavy. They are more stocky even then most dwarves from other clans.*4
Ironfists: Stronger in build then most other clans.
Blacklocks: Average Dwarven build
Stiffbeards: Shorter than most clans
Firebeards: Average Dwarven build, yet capable of tremendous display of power.
Stonefoot: Their feet are quite large and heavy compared to other dwarven clans.
Details / Usual Character
Longbeards: Known for their many halls through-out Middle Earth. Great merchants and craftsmen.
Broadbeams: Greatest armoursmiths of all dwarves. Unlike most dwarves eat 3 full meals a day and are known to drink large amounts of ale while eating.
Ironfists: Extremely war-like and xenophobic Tribe. Rarely trusting others, even those of their own clan at times.
Blacklocks: Extremely Loyal. Great artists, and renowned jewel makers.
Stiffbeards: Peaceful and clever merchants. Often found hunting in the frozen north and fishing on ice.
Firebeards: Fearless to the point of foolishness. Supreme Smiths, renowned weaponsmiths.
Stonefoot: The most reclusive and silent of all dwarven clans. The location of their halls is a secret for many other clans even.
Average Weight (Male-Female lbs)
Longbeards: Black*, Brown, Red and Various shades of Blond*7
Broadbeams: Black, Brown and Dark Blond
Ironfists: Black, Brown and Dark Blond. Unlike most Dwarves often go prematurely grey before they reach old age
Stiffbeards: Different shades of Blond.
Firebeards: Different shades of Red, from Bright Red to light (almost Blond) Red
Stonefoot: Grey – Stonefoots are usually born with grey hairs, which go white as snow at old age (like old age of most dwarves)
Weapons & Armor
Longbeards: Usually Mattocks and Axes or swords.
Broadbeams: Usually Double-Handed Axes.
Ironfists: Mattocks and any kind of Axe. Usually in heavy double armor and heavy helms.
Blacklocks: Heavy armor is often decorated with gems.
Stiffbeards: Mattocks and Clubs mainly.
Firebeards: Unusual for Dwarfs they sometimes fight with short Stabbing-Swords. Firebeards are known for their mask shaped helmets
Stonefoot: Mainly mattocks. Have been known to use war-hammers.
Beard, clothing and decoration
Longbeards: Beards are usually never trimmed and grow faster than those of other clans, hence “Longbeards”. Tucking of the beard in ones belt is common. Colorful hats are popular.
Broadbeams: Beards are either trimmed fairly short, yet kept broad or they are woven into intricate patterns forming “belts” of beard.
Ironfists: Very sober clothing. Prefer helms to hats, very armor oriented clothing
Blacklocks: Blacklocks often use a mixture of coal and black-mud to color their beards a deep black when it naturally turns grey. Often braided into one long and thick rope-like beard, which they decorate with many gems. They also carry heavy amounts of jewelry and often decorate their clothing with gems.
Stiffbeards: The Stiffbeards are known for their strange way of wearing their Beards as long and pointed thorn-like knots. They often use to the winds and snow of the North-East (where they live) to freeze their beards.
Firebeards: Beards are often trimmed, sometimes braded. It is usual for Firebeards to trim their beards so the beards is divided in 2 or 3 “forks”.
Stonefoot: They usually wear heavy iron boots to make their feet look even bigger and heavier.
Average Height (Male – Female “)
Longbeards: 5’1” (6*) – 4’7”
Broadbeams: 4’8” – 4’4”
Ironfists: 5’0” -4’6”
Blacklocks: 4’9” – 4’5”
Average Lifespan (Male / Female)
Longbeards: 230-270 / 240-280
Broadbeams: 210-250 / 215-255
Ironfists: 200-240 / 205-245
Blacklocks: 220-260 / 225-265
Stiffbeards: 225-265 / 230-270
Firebeards: 220-260 / 225-265
Stonefoot: 215-255 / 220-260
Longbeards: All shades of Brown, Green and Dark Blue
Broadbeams: All shades of Brown, Green and Dark Blue
Ironfists: All shades of Brown, Green and Dark Blue
Blacklocks: Dark Brown
Stiffbeards: Mainly Blue
Firebeards: Usually Pale Brown with light reddish tint
Stonefoot: All shade of Brown, Green and Dark Blue