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Meet the Monsters – Dwarves

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Meet the Monsters is a web series providing background on the mythological creatures featured in MONSTER GOOSE NURSERY RHYMES.

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DWARVES

According to Norse and Germanic mythology, dwarves are small, bearded humanoids who live underground. They are known for their skill as smiths and miners, as well as their greed and stubbornness.

The POETIC EDDA indicates that dwarves come from the blood and bones of the giant Ymir, himself borne of the mixing of the icy mists of Niflheim and the heat of Muspellsheim. In contrast, the PROSE EDDA says that dwarves were maggot-like creatures in the flesh of Ymir, who subsequently received the divine gift of reason.

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In Norse mythology, the dwarves Sindri and Brokkr (shown at left) forge Thor’s hammer, Mjölnir. Richard Wagner’s THE RING OF THE NIBELUNG, the eponymous nibelung (dwarf) is named Alberich. SNOW WHITE by the Brothers Grimm first popularized dwarves in the modern era. Perhaps the most well-known dwarf character is Gimli from THE LORD OF THE RINGS, famous for both his valor in battle and unusual friendship with the elf Legolas.

More recently, dwarves appear in the tabletop games Dungeons & Dragons and Warhammer, online games like World of Warcraft, and the books DISCWORLD by Terry Pratchett, SHANNARA by Terry Brooks, ARTEMIS FOWL by Eoin Colfer, and MONSTER GOOSE NURSERY RHYMES by Henry Herz.

 

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Alberic speaking to Hagen in Richard Wagner’s Götterdämmerung.

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The dwarves Sindri and Brokkr forge Thor’s hammer, Mjölnir

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The dwarves Sindri and Brokkr forge Thor’s hammer, Mjölnir

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Alberich the dwarf

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Author: Henry Herz

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