Dwarven Names

This page contains tables for naming Dwarves.  You’ll find the following tables:

  • The (Complete?) Corpus of Dwarven Use-Names Invented by Tolkien
  • Dwarven First Names – Tolkienesque
  • The (Complete?) Corpus of Dwarven By-Names Invented by Tolkien
  • The (Complete?) Corpus of Dwarven Clan Names Invented by Tolkien
  • Dwarven By-Names – Tolkienesque
The (Complete?) Corpus of Dwarven Use-Names Invented by Tolkien
Roll 1d, 1d on this table if you want an actual name used by Tolkien. But there aren’t many options, and many are so familiar as to be distracting.  (Need a die roller?)

You can choose any name in the indicated row.

1-3 1 Balin Farin Ibun Óin
2 Bifur Fíli Khîm Ori
3 Bodruith Flói Kíli Telchar
4 Bofur Forn Lóni Thorin
5 Bombur Frár Mahal Thráin
6 Borin Frerin Mîm Thrór
4-6 1 Dáin Frór Náin
2 Dís Fundin Náli
3 Dori Gamil Zirak Nár
4 Durin Gimli Narvi
5 Dwalin Glóin Naugladur
6 Fangluin Grór Nori
Dwarven First Names – Tolkienesque
Roll 1d,1d.  (Need a die roller?)   You can choose any name in the indicated row.

This table is for “use-names”.  Dwarves also have secret names in their own language, but they reveal them to few.  (I modelled these modelled on Tolkien’s actual usage, above).

Start of name End of name
1-3 1 Bal, Bif, Bof, Bod, Bomb, Bor in, urin, alin
2 D, Dá, Dái, Dáin, Dur, ur, un, bur, bun
3 Dw, Dwal, Dwali ruith
4 F, Fa, Fang, Fl, Flor, For, Frer is, ili, li
5 G, Gim Giml, Gl, Gló, Gr r, ór ói, rór, ori, óin
6 I, Ib, Ibl, Ibli uin, luin, áin, ráin
4-6 1 K, Ki, Kib, Kid, Kil, Kim, Kin rin, arin, arkûn
2 L, Ló, M, Mah, Mî din, undin
3 N, Ná, Nái, Náin, n, m, orn, orin, erin
4 Nar, Nau, Naug, Naugl i, ni, ini, óni
5 O, Ói, Or hal, al, alin, halin
6 Th, Thar, Thor, Thr, Thrá ar, arvi, adur
The (Complete?) Corpus of Dwarven By-Names Invented by Tolkien
Roll 1d6 if you really insist on having one of these.  (Need a die roller?)

1 Bluebeard
2 The Old
3 Lockbearer
4 Ironfoot
5 Oakenshield
6 Stonehelm
The (Complete?) Corpus of Dwarven Clan Names Invented by Tolkien
Roll 1d6 if you really insist on having one of these.    (Need a die roller?)

1 Blacklocks
2 Firebeams
3 Broadbeams
4 Ironfists
5 Longbeards, Stiffbeards
6 Stonefoots
Dwarven Clan Names – Tolkienesque
Roll 1d,1d.  (Need a die roller?)   You can choose any name in the indicated row.

This table, too, is for “use-names” rather than true names.  Again, I tried to model this on Tolkien’s actual usage, while broadening things out a  bit for variety – hopefully keeping something of the spirit, more or less.

Start of name End of name
1-3 1 Oak, Oaken, Stout foot, hand, arm, skull,
2 Iron, Steel, Strong shield, helm, greaves
3 Stone, Rock, Hard sword, axe, hammer, bow
4 Grit, Granite, Boulder beard, hair, lock
5 Sheer, Steep, High, wall, tower, belfry, keep
6 Blue, Black, Red, Grey mount, peak, crag, cliff, rise
4-6 1 Mount, Mountain, Peak nose, brow, chest, throne
2 Hill, Rise, Crag, Fire anvil, forge, bellows
3 Break, Strike, Crack ring, torc, band, crown
4 Anvil, Forge, Spark horn, harp, flute, lute, pipe
5 Heir, Silver, Gold bearer, born, borne, heir
6 Deep, Long, Far, Wide mine, lamp, brace, girder

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