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Another lady dwarf! This is Oster, one of Keter’s sisters. I learned that apparently there’s no mention of lady dwarves having beards in the books, so I feel more comfortable leaving her beardless.

Where Keter is a warrior and prefers to work with wood and stone, Oster is a caregiver, and works with fabric, thread and jewels. She has three sons and two daughters, and exquisitely embroiders clothes for her family and friends. Every stitch is a prayer for protection, good health, good fortune and happiness.



[ reblog on Tumblr ]
materials: pencil + paper
Please do not reproduce without my explicit permission.
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:iconelyssium-lissadell:
Elyssium-Lissadell Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay! You have some of the only Female dwarves I have found!! and there beautiful!
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Goldie4224 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
wonderful hair!
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kerrikat Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
She looks so simple at a glance, but that pure simplicity is wrapped up in all the amazing fine details that you rock. The stitching! The folds! Her hair! I <3 you.
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OuroborosI Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You draw really cute dwarven woman.
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Arkiel-Pixie Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I always think the mention of bearded dwarf ladies to be Legolas and Gimli just messing around and trolling Eowyn in the movies. It seems like something they'd do.
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NordicLynx Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's actually Aragorn saying that they have beards ;)
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Arkiel-Pixie Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
.... And now that you say that, I have the vivid mental picture of it and remember correctly. DARN YOU Faulty Memory!
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NordicLynx Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The Faulty Memory strikes again! You never know who's going to be its victim next time ;)
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Axcido Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
♥_♥
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kingfox66 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
i really like your pics
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Nubca3ks Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That hair, that facial structure, that hairpin, the folds in the clothing... Ugh. Gorgeous. Her sister was too, looked like a total badass.
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SANU-CHAN Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great piece! I think what I love best here is her nose :) And her facial expression is very pleasent which I also like.
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faerynatasha Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
When I read Tolkien I never imagine the lady dwarves with beards either. The hair is gorgeous and girl must pluck her eyebrows. Haha i think this is great... I love the tiny detail in the clothing lining and the bells/beads? in her hair. :)
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Kuri-nee-chan Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
That's absolutely gorgeous.
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muffinpoodle Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, what a lovely profile. I think she's even more beautiful than Kester imho c:
In LotR/The Hobbit, there is no mention of bearded lady-dwarves, no - but in The War of the Jewels it says (apparently - I haven't read it, I just looked this up) that all dwarves have beards from the beginning of their lives. Apparently also, dwarf society seriously shelters its women and hides them from other races, so it's rare that dwarf-women go traversing the world and whatnot unless they're disguised as men. Which the beards would help with. I wonder what Keter and family think of that q: I'm guessing Oster wouldn't mind, but Keter might? heh.
Gosh I love your characters :3
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MrsHumbertHumbert Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Student General Artist
The details are worked out very well, especially the hair.
Gonna use it to practice if it's okay (?) :)
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spinstermaiden Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
I just love all the detail and her hair. Magnificent work.

Oster sounds like a lovely lady.
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iPeony Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
As usual, your drawings are inspiring. Love this!
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Dahila-Mockery Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Gosh, your art never ceases to amaze me.
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NonieR Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
Beautifully done--and the perfect balance of grace, beauty, and slightly heavy features for a dwarven lady. Too many people draw them as caricatures.

And yeah, Tolkien's books never mention pointed ears on ANY race, nor dwarf-women having beards. The only reason for the beard thing is that Tolkien mentioned that the rarely-seen female dwarves were often mistaken for male dwarves, so it started out as a gaming joke and became a thing.

Have you read Terry Pratchett's Discworld books? He starts from the joke level and therefore assumes that dwarves themselves don't distinguish between the sexes (except for the delicate negotiations involved in getting engaged), and that dwarves in fact find any public acknowledgement of their gender, including clothes, makeup, or even feminine pronouns--to be in terribly bad taste. And then the young alchemist Cheery Littlebottom gets a job in the big city of Ankh-Morpork--the London or New York of the Discworld--and discovers a whole new way to be a <gulp> girl. Kind of.


I've been running my fantasy game since 1977 and, since my gamers have a variety of opinions on dwarf beards AND elven ears, I went with "some do and some don't" and let the gamers decide for themselves.

Myself, I always pictured elves as having normal ears, with a few of them happening to come to a bit of a point (as some real people's do). However, I just don't buy the ears that extend into long narrow points for six inches or more--much less the ones that stick out sideways. I picture elves as distinguished by the lean fine-boned bodies, perfect skin, fine straight hair, etc. Even with half-elves, you can tell which side of their heritage they take after by their skin and hair; even the cutest freckles and split ends mean that the half-elf is doomed to age and die, though sometimes more slowly than humans.

As for dwarf-women having beards, I doubt it's common, but I can see some of them having the light inch-long downy beards you see on some young men, and/or the extended sideburns that a lot of DevArt artists are giving them, I don't see many dwarven women having full beards of thick wiry stuff. Still, even within a family, you'd find variations.

So that way, I and my gamers each get to see it our own way without driving each other nuts. ;)

--Nonie

--Nonie
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Supersonic-Gabi Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love it! great detail.
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theMonsterBox Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
female dwarfs all have beards in Terry Pratchett's books and i think a lot of people carry the idea over to other universes, so its not really a Tolkein thing at all. she looks very lovely, even without one haha :)
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omigosh lady dwarves yessss. Her hair is so gorgeous!!
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thekneesofthebees Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student General Artist
There is no reference to them actually having beards. The ratio of Dwarven women to men is 1 to 3. So, the Dwarven men wouldn't ever let the women leave the mountains for safety. However, if they did leave they would dress as men, beards included. Since Dwarven women have relatively deep voices they could easily pass off. This is why some said they didn't believe in Dwarven women because they had never "seen them" before.
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lily-fox Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
All this is in Tolkein's books?
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barbarossarotbart Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
The disguise and the ratio is mention in thew appendices of the Lord of the Rings.
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thekneesofthebees Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Student General Artist
Well, I'm pretty sure, I've mostly looked this up online because I was very interested in the lady-beards as well. I think it may be in the other smaller side books. However, Peter Jackson more or less gave Dwarven lady beards in the Hobbit ([link]). I think PJ might of just taken his own interpretation. C: Also, I love the picture!
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lily-fox Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
Aw jeez, those are really, really cute! I love the lady with purple ribbon in her hair, she looks like she has super soft peach fuzz. Those hairstyles and jewels are amazing. I wish I'd seen this before I drew Oster!
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thekneesofthebees Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Student General Artist
Well, you can just draw more now C: I'm glad I could be of help!
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mishi Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
P.S. Have you done yourself as a Hobbit yet? Because you are totally one. <3 You love food and family and good times like one!
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lily-fox Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
I am, in fact, a hobbit. That would explain the size-elevens and my general distaste for adventure. :) And I have, remember?
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mishi Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
How did I forget that??? I am so silly! You are suuuch a cute little Hobbit /;w;/ Love those little freckled arms!
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mishi Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Aw, she's lovely! Man, I should make you another little jeweled clover island to go with the first to bribe you into doing me and ~junkeemunky as an elf and Hobbit...
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lily-fox Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
I assume you would be the elf and she the hobbit, since you're so tall and lithe? :)
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:iconmishi:
mishi Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Of course! *w* And I'd reluctantly go barefoot at her behest.
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Moonstone27 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013   General Artist
Love the details in this:aww::), so beautiful:aww::meow:!!
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Bubbletea-Coyote Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013   General Artist
Beautiful! I love the braids, wish my hair was that long to do pretty stuff with! ... Its just thick and no one likes braiding it. .3. Anyway I love this! You are so good with designs and people!
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YenBlueberry Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
beautiful profile
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peadragon Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
She's gorgeous :) I especially love her hair and the details on her clothes.
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lilac-airwave Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
I wish styles like that were more feasible in our world, because I'd wear the hell out of that
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blob-du-chaos Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Beautiful hairstyle !
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pondie Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Another nicely carried out sketch. You always draw with such character. It's not just a thing to draw, you draw people, with stories, likes/dislikes, hopes, jobs. I love it!
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SixString09 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist
I really like the facial structure. Good job.
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Hell-is-a-56 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
I want her to be my mentor. O-O
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Jesteppi Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist
All I'm saying is that if I was a lady dwarf and I had a beard, I would shave it. :T Love her profile. (:
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deboracabral Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
The fact that woman dwarves have beards is not mentioned in the hobbit book, but it is in other books and texts from Tolkien. But fuck that, artistic license is everything! She looks lovely!
Sorry for the bad english.
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barbarossarotbart Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
But not in the bokks published before his death.
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AutumnPocky Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Student General Artist
The hair is beautiful. :iconadmireplz:
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waiting-on-fate Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your dwarven women are amazing! I have drawing envy. Mine look like squished humans . . .

The mention of dwarven women with beards is in one of the last three volumes of the History of Middle-Earth. Or so I've heard. I'll be finding out for sure this summer. Lol!
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