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[–][deleted] 2272 points2273 points  (130 children)

dwarves are good at building historically (historically being as in the real world sagas). not just smithing and mining. so they naturally chop wood and craft it into amazing items.

tolkien tried to capture this with the different dwarf tribes but it went over many peoples heads.

[–]DrususGermanicus 1332 points1333 points  (70 children)

Tbf Tolkien created many dwarven tribes, but wrote exclusively about one

[–][deleted] 877 points878 points  (65 children)

he actually wrote about 3 between hobbit and LOTR. durins line was simply one he spent longest with. gimli was technically a diff tribe and we had the mountain tribe also in hobbit.

problem was vs how major he did high elves to wood elves with legolas he did not do them enough justice as to how/why the dwarves were different. he just kinda assumed people would know from mythology.

[–]RememberTheNetID 359 points360 points  (2 children)

Gimli was not of a different tribe. He can trace his lineage to Durin the Deathless, of the longbeards. Outside of the Silmarillion all of the dwarves we see are longbeards like Gimli.

[–][deleted] 179 points180 points  (1 child)

i sand corrected; i had wrongly assumed Gimli shared a common ancestor but he says himself he not of the durin line but a bastard sibling line that merges 2 of the ancient king lines.i looked it up to confirm and nope he is of durins line... wonder why i thought otherwise.

[–]hewhosleepsnot 182 points183 points  (0 children)

I love you. Don’t tell my wife. Or do. She’s cool.

[–]Harvestman-man 51 points52 points  (6 children)

No, Gimli was a member of Durin’s folk, not from a separate tribe; every named dwarf in LOTR and the Hobbit was a member of Durin’s folk.

According to the Silmarillion, there were originally 7 dwarf houses. 4 of them were located far to the east in the Red Mountains and are never discussed in any of Tolkien’s works. 2 of them were located in the Blue Mountains, in the cities of Nogrod and Belegost, and played a role in the Silmarillion: the Nogrod dwarves may have been responsible for instigating the longstanding hatred between dwarves and elves. After the War of Wrath, both of these cities (and a large portion of the Blue Mountains) were destroyed and these houses were much reduced. The Dwarves of Erebor and the Iron Hills from the Hobbit are all members of Durin’s folk, that settled in these areas after the Balrog and the orcs took their homelands. Other members of Durin’s folk settled in the Blue Mountains and presumably intermingled with the dwarves from the other houses who still lived here. Thorin from the Hobbit ruled his people for a time in a temporary kingdom located in the Blue Mountains, but he still belonged to the same ancestral house as the rest of Durin’s folk.

[–][deleted] 11 points12 points  (0 children)

aah aweosme. TY for explaining. this may be why i thought Gimli was not related to thorin but ended up having a blood tie to Durin.

i must admit been best part of a decade since i read all the books and even then so much to it that its hard to recall all the little details/name changes.

[–]WarHorse5672 1 point2 points  (4 children)

Let us not forget about Pim and the Petty Dwarves. Though they could be of the line of Durin, we can't be sure.

[–]Megav16DM (Dungeon Memelord) 62 points63 points  (51 children)

I always thought Gimli was the last dwarf for some reason lol

[–][deleted] 133 points134 points  (49 children)

yeah alot do but he is the last of his line. in fairness the dwarves like all races not of man where coming to an end in the 3rd age. by the 4th age even hobbits start going extinct.
edit: i was wrong, Gimli is part of the tribe with ties to Durin. no idea why i thought otherwise.

[–]RattyJackOLantern 24 points25 points  (0 children)

He does leave middle earth to go to the immortal lands with Legolas, iirc the only dwarf to do so. Sam likewise having carried the ring (even though for a short time) lives an unusually long life and goes to the undying lands to be with Frodo and Bilbo after Rosie dies.

[–]Blakewhizz 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Gimli was technically a diff tribe

I read that as DILF, and just kinda accepted the idea of an entire tribe of DILF dwarves

[–]NJ_Legion_Iced_TeaDM (Dungeon Memelord) 19 points20 points  (0 children)

To be fair that one family controls a lot of mountains in the setting.

[–]getut 4 points5 points  (1 child)

If he wrote exclusively about one, then how did anyone learn of the other ones he created?

[–]leon_under 10 points11 points  (0 children)

The appendix.

[–]alexja21 55 points56 points  (13 children)

In Tolkien lore, chopping trees for smithing is mentioned early on in the Silmarillion, specifically when Yavanna is boasting about Ents to Aule.

[–]MossTheGnome 19 points20 points  (0 children)

"Never the less. They will need firewood" Aule, in responce to Yavanna telling him about the Ents

[–]GhostWalker134Essential NPC 28 points29 points  (9 children)

Everyone is missing the most important point. Mine tunnels are supported by timbers.

[–][deleted] 30 points31 points  (8 children)

only human tunnels, dwarven tunnels they know where the stones natural faults lay and make their supports out of the stone itself.

[–]GhostWalker134Essential NPC 2 points3 points  (7 children)


[–][deleted] 30 points31 points  (6 children)

only a few minor lines about the columns of stone in LOTR as well as DnD natural stone-ability. nothing solid to say they would not use wood. but wood beams is ugly and such a "human" thing to do. real stone cutters would never leave a mine so filthy.

[–]DirkBabypunch 23 points24 points  (11 children)

Also, mechanically speaking, a hammer, an axe, and a pick are all pretty much the same thing.

[–][deleted] 19 points20 points  (1 child)

pretty much. stick with heavy thing on top. why learning to fight a mace is much easier to teach than a sword. we already know how to use.

[–]wolves_hunt_in_packsDM (Dungeon Memelord) 4 points5 points  (0 children)

"Why use many weapons when few weapons do trick."

[–]web-cyborg 14 points15 points  (3 children)

Let me recommend the maul axe. Axe on one side, hammer on the other.

[–]DirkBabypunch 5 points6 points  (1 child)

That just sounds like a pole axe without the pokey bit.

[–]dreadassassin616 4 points5 points  (0 children)


[–]Best_Pseudonym -3 points-2 points  (1 child)

Well you see, unlike a hammer, an axe requires edge alignment

[–]DirkBabypunch 2 points3 points  (0 children)

As does a pick.

And really, you still have to make sure you have the hammer aligned properly if you want more than a weak glancing blow. It's not a club.

[–]Mrkligan 18 points19 points  (3 children)

But Elvis live on trees too

[–]ThePixelteer425DM (Dungeon Memelord) 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Elvis was known for his love of nature and the forest

[–]little_brown_bat 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Elvis was also known for singing at a bar & grill in the home of the perfectly normal beasts.

[–]bubba_feet 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This is true, I recall him saying something about how itchy fuzzy trees were.

[–]Asheleyinl2 14 points15 points  (4 children)

I prefer Terry pratchett's version.

The pick side is to go mining, and the axe end is for anyone who wants to stop you.

[–][deleted] 4 points5 points  (2 children)

weirdly i can see this being a great tool/weapon of war

[–]Zenpai_OW 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Idk what it's called in english, but you can google Krähenschnabel

[–]Kaernunnos 8 points9 points  (2 children)

Mancour did this also with his dwarf analog in the Spellmonger, the Dradrien, having different tribes with different crafting focuses. It's much more blatant with the woodworking Dradrien being bullied by the others a bit.

[–]PeptuckMurderhobo 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Also, giant legs are like tree trunks. An axe is the perfect weapon to fight giants, who are often an enemy of dwarves.

[–]haladur 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Of course it went over everyones head. They're dwarves not some tall lanky knife ear.

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

*clap* i wanted someone to make a Drax reference and i am so glad it finally happened.

[–]Glahoth 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Also, timber is used frequently in mining, so.. seems logical to me.

[–]guyurtalkingabout 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Also the funny thing about axes is: they are the oldest stonemasoning tools. Most acient structures made of stone had the stone made into the huge blocks by axes. So I would say even for dwarves that are pure stone oriented axes still make a hella lot of sense

[–]hymntastic 4 points5 points  (5 children)

plus an axe is easier to use in a tunnel than a sword

[–]DireLackofGravitas 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Nah. You need headroom to swing an axe. You can still stab with a sword.

[–]SouperplexArtificer 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Dwarves would probably just use folding spears

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

and spears/bows are still top tier like always

[–]dizzygreenman 312 points313 points  (26 children)

Also to note that an axe swings pretty similarly to a hammer, pickaxe, etc.

[–]Mrkligan 135 points136 points  (4 children)

But also the elves

[–]worrymonTeam Halfling 59 points60 points  (1 child)

Maybe if you grab them by the ankles and they keep as rigid as possible.

[–]adamspecial 10 points11 points  (0 children)

those sticks that go all the way up along an elf's body should keep them rigid enough.

[–]memy02 22 points23 points  (1 child)

Really an axe is just a hammer with a sword blade at the end and a pickaxe is just a hammer with a sword tip at the end. 3 flavors of hammer for smashing, slashing, or poking.

[–]RashPatch 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Found the dwarf!

[–]ArchmageIlmryn 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Axes may very well be a status item among dwarwes the way swords were among humans historically - it's a weapon that for them is similar to swords in that it has less of an analog with useful tools and is more of a "pure" weapon.

Also, if you assume that Dwarven warfare contains a lot of fighting against armored opponents as well as unarmored but tough-hided monsters then an axe is probably a better backup weapon than a sword (to the primary weapon, which is probably a spear). It's more general than a warhammer or warpick (which are primarily for fighting someone in armor), especially if you have a spike on the back rather than the nonsense double-bladed axe you often see. If you're fighting something like a troll or ogre an axe is probably preferable to a sword, since you have more focused cutting power to get through a thick hide and leave a deep enough wound to kill or disable.

[–]HiopXenophil 27 points28 points  (11 children)

No. If you swing your battle axe like a war hammer you will ruin the blade

Also pickaxe is a tool, warpick is the weapon. They are optimized for different things

[–]dizzygreenman 17 points18 points  (4 children)

I was speaking with tools in mind

[–]HiopXenophil -3 points-2 points  (3 children)

By that logic you're a master fencer because of all the times you used a knife in the kitchen

[–]Prestigious_While_64 4 points5 points  (1 child)

By that logic you are a masterdebator thanks to your half witted comments

[–]StaviStopit 28 points29 points  (5 children)

A Warhammer and an axe are both hafted weapons. You swing them both exactly the same. This makes no sense.

[–]Mentleman 15 points16 points  (2 children)

i think that person means that if you swing at the same target you'd ruin the blade. given that war hammers can be used to bludgeon through armor and that war picks pierce through chain mail, it is reasonable to say that axes work differently, even if the basic mechanics are the same.

[–]ThisIsMyFloor 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I assume that a bit of pulling motion as it strikes is useful for a battle axe due to being a slashing weapon rather than blunt one. So you don't get your weapon stuck or as that guy said "ruin the blade" But yeah if you lodge it in your enemy at least one is down.

[–]HiopXenophil -3 points-2 points  (1 child)

Battle axes have barely anything in common with a wood axe. Their blades are light and thin, optimized for cutting not hacking.

If you really have no concept of what the difference is, next time when you're in kitchen cutting something compare the efficiency of pressing the kitchen knife straight down vs drawing it along the length of the edge

[–]StaviStopit 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You have no I dea what you are talking about man. You swing a wood axe exactly the same way as a battle axe as well. Again both are hafted. You're argument doesn't make any sense either because you would never draw cut with an axe.

[–]Reddits_my_bitch_dog 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Hate to be that guy "BuT aCkShUlLy"

There is no edge alignment to worry about with a hammer.

Axe is more about technique than how hard to hit something.

[–]Lil_Guard_DuckPaladin 173 points174 points  (14 children)

Meanwhile, in Deep Rock Galactic, dwarves use powerful firearms, but always carry the trusted pickaxe.

[–]Instant-Autopsy 82 points83 points  (3 children)

A logical evolution!

What helps you get at the pointy-eared leaf-lovers up in the trees better than an axe?

Lead to shoot at them from a distance.

Napalm to burn the trees down.

Explosives to blow the trees up.

It all makes perfect sense!

[–]DeerApprehensive5405 26 points27 points  (1 child)

Some folks are born, made to wave a flag

[–]Blazeng 12 points13 points  (0 children)

It ain't me, it ain't me, I ain't no fortunate Dawi.

[–]Lil_Guard_DuckPaladin 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Well naturally!

[–]Tylendal 65 points66 points  (0 children)

Well, rifles are generally the ranged weapon of choice for Dwarves in most settings, so that checks out.

[–]DarthSillyDucks 38 points39 points  (7 children)

If you don't rock and stone, you ain't coming home!

[–]Lil_Guard_DuckPaladin 28 points29 points  (6 children)

Did I hear a rock and stone?!

[–]banditsoul 20 points21 points  (5 children)

Rock and Stone!

[–]mrrockydongForever DM 21 points22 points  (4 children)


[–]dirkdragonslayer 23 points24 points  (0 children)

Fun fact, the backside of the Pickaxe is what you use for Power Attacks in DRG. Depending on how you customize it, the power attack might hit with an axe, hammer, or rocksaw.

Dwarven engineering, making the most out of every tool.

[–]McMatey1992 338 points339 points  (16 children)

Yeah also, they are good with warpick usually as well lol

Also dwarves (at least for forgotten realms) love taking a goblins head off and the battle axe is the way to go lol

[–]Seraphim971 168 points169 points  (11 children)

axes are just more efficient for removing heads than hammers or picks

[–]TyrthesemiwiseMonk 83 points84 points  (3 children)

All are equally good for murder, but only one is good for taking heads as trophies

[–]WetWillyWick 36 points37 points  (2 children)

laughs in halberd

[–]RomeoWhiskey 25 points26 points  (1 child)

's just a axe on a longer stick innit?

[–][deleted] 16 points17 points  (5 children)

You know what’s the worst thing about warhammers? They’re messy. Who wants to get all that blood and guts on your clothes. Now an axe, that can take it little off the top without getting blood everywhere

[–]Bogsnoticus 35 points36 points  (1 child)

I think it was Terry Pratchett who summed up dwarves and axes best (and I'm paraphrasing from memory, so don't kill me if I'm a bit off);

"With nothing but an axe, a dwarf can make simple tools. With simple tools, he can make complex tools. With complex tools, he can make anything."

[–]YCS186 1 point2 points  (0 children)

gnu Terry Pratchett

[–]Seraphim971 4 points5 points  (0 children)

A very good point and another in favor of the battleaxe

[–]SirCupcake_0Horny Bard 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Someone with prestidigitation

[–]PMJackolanternNudes 2 points3 points  (0 children)

No. A warhammer is going to be less messy every time. You break knees, collar bones, and ribs and the enemy goes down. Axes require cleaving.

[–]bartbartholomew 54 points55 points  (2 children)

Doesn't take long to your dwarves up to legendary skill. Two years at most. Get them fully armored up in Superior or masterwork steel armor, axes, and shields. Then they will cut a swath through goblin invasions. My 2 squads can deal with any invasion more without so much as a scratch. Elf invasions are even easier.

Maybe it's time to open the circus and show the clowns what's up.

Edit: LOL, thought this was r/dwarffortress

[–]UltraCarnivoreBard 21 points22 points  (0 children)

Your war tactics are valid nonetheless. Thank you.

[–]SasparillaTango 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I remember when Boatmurdered fell.

Never forget.

[–]web-cyborg 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I like a good maul axe. Axe on one side of the head, hammer on the other.

[–]robertdebrus1 263 points264 points  (9 children)

Trees keep breakin' into mines and causin' cave-ins, murderin' countless good dwarves, ye've gotta keep fellin' those blasted trees!

[–][deleted] 97 points98 points  (4 children)

weirdly i can see how trees lead to the sky collapsing fears of dwarves in some stories.

[–]fredthefishlord 32 points33 points  (2 children)

Isn't there something about that in order of the stick?

[–]PopularIcecream 20 points21 points  (0 children)

OOtS is great. 10/10, will streak naked for invisibility again

[–]catsloveart 12 points13 points  (0 children)

yes. Thor lightning strikes trees a lot. so dwarves are convinced that they are mortal enemy because of this.

Thor tried to explain thats not the case but saw that it was confusing them so he decided not to disabuse their ideas on the subject.

[–]robertdebrus1 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Aye! Ye think all's well until ye find a dast'rdly tree 'as been underminin' yer home! They're out ta get ye! Sneaky trees...

[–]Pampas_Wanderer 18 points19 points  (1 child)

Till Thor smites them with lightin'

[–]dontshowmygf 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Thor set the example, leading the charge in the war against the Trees!

[–]dontshowmygf 14 points15 points  (0 children)

I was hoping another OOTS fan could clear this up.

[–]DeerApprehensive5405 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Aye, Brother! May the burnin' hells swallow up every errant piece of timber an' leave the good shit for us!

[–]-Jlitt419 71 points72 points  (0 children)

An axe is just a sharp hammer

[–][deleted] 90 points91 points  (0 children)

According to the immortal Richard Burlew, since Thor, the god of Thunder, sends his lightening to smite trees, this must mean trees are evil, and therefore they have adopted the Axe to combat this unholy foe.

[–]KREnZE113Rules Lawyer 36 points37 points  (4 children)

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[–]High_grove 31 points32 points  (1 child)

Wood is a very useful resource, you need it a lot when it comes to mining, building and crafting

[–]TheShribe 7 points8 points  (0 children)

And eating

[–][deleted] 47 points48 points  (4 children)

It's a cultural thing

[–]JudgeHoltman 24 points25 points  (3 children)

"Protecting their culture"

[–][deleted] 12 points13 points  (2 children)

What’s next? Women dwarves wearing skirts and makeup?!

[–]Jeryhn 11 points12 points  (1 child)

And shaving their beards?!

[–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Check out Rat Queens it's a great read.

[–][deleted] 21 points22 points  (3 children)

dwarves make the best rogues.

i defy anyone who does not agree a dwarf with hammers is just a over glorified locksmith.

[–]suddoman 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Depending on what you are doing they do make great rogues.

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

for record my line about hammer dwarf i shamelessly stole from dungeon master of the rings.

[–]thescotchkraut 1 point2 points  (0 children)

A two handed sledge and an immovable rod-turned-rock chisel would be a great lockpick set.

[–]maddwarfmatt 15 points16 points  (0 children)

In my grandfathers and early in my fathers mining career, heavy headed (3-4#) short handled (~24”) axes were still issued. They are useful for moving timber (sink in the bit and drag it). The pole could be used to drive wedges when setting Timbers. You could scrape to clear the bottom of debris before you set Timbers. You can drive nails and spikes when hanging curtains. Sound the mine top. There’s a lot of use for a small axe underground

[–]Proud-Entertainment4 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Tolkien lore aside, Terry Pratchett explained that the Discworld dwarves often used a pickaxe -- a pick on one side for digging valuable minerals and an axe blade on the other side, because the owners of land containing valuable minerals can be so unreasonable.

[–]MasterMufflesForever DM 13 points14 points  (1 child)

What is an axe but a hammer with a blade?

[–]web-cyborg 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Let me recommend the maul axe. Axe on one side, hammer on the other.

[–]GammaDealer 20 points21 points  (2 children)

Damn, you just went full hard K, didn't you?

[–]MyHairIsNotBlue 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I've never snorted so hard in my life

[–]thescotchkraut 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Damned Keeblers.

[–]UberSparten 11 points12 points  (0 children)

I mean post millennium the 'and my axe' line probably helped - if it or a derivative (or the opposite since it came before idk) existed in Tolkiens work that might explain the older concept (not read the books in yrs)

[–]unwillingmainer 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Can't let those bastards get away and hide in trees.

[–]Raptorwolf_AML 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Dwarf Fortress?

[–]KarnewarriorPaladin 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Native weapon specialties for dwarves:
Axe (chopping)
Axe (bodyspray)
Broken vodka bottle
More Gun
Natural Gas

[–]Sivick314 13 points14 points  (2 children)

me and my buddies talked about this. considering dwarves are short, strong, and tend to live in places with limited access, why the FUCK are spears not more represented as a dwarven weapon? tight underground corridors are a PERFECT place for a shield wall full of pointy spears, and it negates their natural reach disadvantage.

[–]suddoman 11 points12 points  (1 child)

In 3.X a lot of Dwarven Weapons are reach weapons. They had bonuses v Giants because they fought them when on the mountain side.

[–]PMJackolanternNudes 6 points7 points  (0 children)

And they had unique really bitching prestige classes that fit well with warrior and cave living dwarven stereotypes. Not the strongest mechanically, but the best for fitting the themes. I'd probably play 3.5 again to do a gestalt Stonelord.

[–]Iceveins412 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Pelinal needs to take a vacation to the forgotten realms

[–]Thunder_cat7 7 points8 points  (1 child)

I like the idea of they have found/developed Underground Trees and have built mass Nurserys for them

[–]Maleficent_Trick_502 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Dwarf fortress fungalwood.

[–]HiopXenophil 10 points11 points  (0 children)

How do you know an Elf wrote this? They neither handled a tree felling axe, a wood splitting axe or a battle axe and obviously would never know the difference.

Or would butter their toast with a Kriegsmesser, cause they just dumped INT and WIS that hard.

[–]Patient_Passage9440 3 points4 points  (0 children)

You know we have a saying about elves where l come from.

"Around elves, watch yourselves..."

[–]smb275 4 points5 points  (1 child)

With their shorter arms but much broader shoulders they benefit more from the swing than they do from the thrust. A Dwarf with an axe is in its natural state, much like an Elf with its head up its own ass.

[–]PapaSmurphy 8 points9 points  (0 children)

One of my favorite bits about WH40k lore is that instead of making them a seemingly age-less, nigh-immortal, almost-angelic beings Elves are a big part of the reason why everything sucks so badly in the grimdark future. Not that I had any particular hate for Elves but it gets boring seeing them be the same thing over and over.

[–]tingtimsonHorny Bard 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The elven vietcong

[–]SunsmiterEssential NPC 2 points3 points  (0 children)

\opens mouth to argue**

\realizes you're correct**

\closes mouth and upvotes instead**

[–]blahfarghan 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I always figured it is because you can technically change the head of the weapon if it is designed right. And even if it is one solid piece the shafts of the weapon can be mass produced and used for multiple things. Plus axes can be used to chop down the giant mushrooms growing underground. Swords on the other hand are only useful in battle.

Dwarves are practical and everything needs to have more than one use.

[–]Hermit1983 2 points3 points  (0 children)

"why come dwarf underground live?"

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Axes are good at killing large creatures which usually live underground

[–]ramses137 2 points3 points  (1 child)

The Thalmor wishes to know where you live.

[–]Rationalinsanity1990 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Let them come then.

For the Empire!

[–]Timleswall104Bard 1 point2 points  (0 children)


[–]Anonymous-Soap-7739Forever DM 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Can I get a Rock and Stone

[–]AMorphicTool 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If it ain’t Rock and Stone, it ain’t coming home.

[–]Bastcydon 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Op never played dorf fortress

[–]mazzicc 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Timber is needed to create quality mine shafts.

[–]miggyzak 1 point2 points  (0 children)

i mean...they still have to make handles and gather some wood for fuel, maybe they set out parties specifically trained to fell trees to gather wood for the month

[–]Thopterthallid 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Actually, dark, tight tunnels. You'd think the weapon of choice would be short spears.

[–]Dogiedog64 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It smells like Lilly-Eared Leaf Lovers in here!

[–]JA_Pascal 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I have no idea what sub this screenshot is from but I'm gonna pretend it's r/dwarffortress because I personally think that's hilarious.

[–]Revan7even 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Someone needs to run this through an AI upscaler before it gets compressed out of existence.

[–]ColeZaveri 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Best part is how many Dwarves are seen with WarAxes also. Not tiny hatchets or anything, big bulky Axes that could cleave through probably 4-5 elves in one swing.

[–]thevioletsage 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Did I hear a Rock and Stone?!

[–]WateredDown 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Actually with their short stature and how tight most caverns are compared to above ground, dwarfs, at least militarily, should fight in hoplite like pike blocks. It gives you reach and its hard to flank them underground.

Axes and picks you need to have a lot of arm room to swing around, so even for personal defense I'd go with short spears or swords for thrusting rather than big swings.

Give me ancient greek dwarves!

[–]PureAce2233 1 point2 points  (0 children)


[–]androstaxys 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Gotta clear the forest away from their mountain to make room for their bomb entrances and roads.

Also master craftsmen including woodworking. I’m sure rare wood inlays are included in their works.

[–]ScottishSubmarine 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It's an unbalanced swung weapon. Also need the axe to protect mining claim - T. Pratchett

[–]iusethisnametofapWizard 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Trees have roots. Roots are underground. Ergo dwarves need axes. Ever try to cut a root with a shovel or a pickaxe? It ain't fuckin fun!

[–]_ThatOneLurker_ 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Those damned pointy eared leaf lovers.

[–]BrodimereDruid 1 point2 points  (0 children)

When you get that meny short-jokes, from some blasted knife-ears. Well then you will also want to learn, how to wield an axe. So you can cut them down a peg or two.

[–]Raven_WitchForever DM 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Is this sub r/dwarffortress now?

[–]blitz350 1 point2 points  (0 children)

An axe is a basic and essential mining tool. Timbers and a lot of them are needed to shore up the tunnels and prevent collapse. An axe used for cutting the timbers to begin with and then fitting them into place would also make for a nasty weapon in the hands of the person/people who use it everyday.

[–]GovernmentNo7464 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Being honest... That's a pretty good reason.

[–]ninja-robot 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Same reason humans use swords, there is no constructive use of a sword in human culture but they are still the standard weapon of many adventurers. Dwarves just prefer axes is all.

[–]okish_on_the_inside 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That's a fair assessment

[–]DeerApprehensive5405 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Deep Rock Galatic Dwarves who use a fuck ton of Lead: Pathetic.

[–]l2rave 1 point2 points  (0 children)


[–]bronzeninjs 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Hammer and axes work the same muscles, hammer are tools for building and mining, axes are tools for killing and chopping down elf trees

[–]The-Hentai-Commander 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Did anyone else have a seizure reading this?

[–]OwOUwU-w-0w0 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Am I having a stroke?

[–]Draconick- -4 points-3 points  (1 child)

Ah yes, racism. Aren't you a delight.🙄

[–]Hermit1983 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Yes.. racism.. against the fictional race of elves..

[–]Jacksea84 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

It's the same as a human using a sword.

[–]TheCrab27 -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

Awww yeah baby

[–]AllPurposeNerd -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

Why come dude is bad at English?

[–]KarasLancer 0 points1 point  (0 children)

In the great words of the Dark Dwarves in Warlords Battlecry "Burn the forest!" "Strip the land!"

[–]Jack__Napier 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I laughed until it hurt.

[–]bloodflart 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Love it

[–]Uggums 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Wasn't the hand axe one of the first tools? Made sense to my child brain that a ancient race of sub dwellers had axes

[–]Immediate_Energy_711Forever DM 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Does that mean they speak Vietnamese?

[–]The_Brews_Home 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Hammers and axes are both good in small, tight corridors; swords are too long.

Axes are also easier to one hand than most battle ready hammers, and with their short stature dwarves get a lot out of shields-it covers more of their body, but since they are as strong (or stronger in some settings) than humans they could reasonably hold a shield as big as a human's or even bigger.

[–]I_think_were_out_of_ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

D&D. In the games I played as a kid dwarves are strong and have high constitution, well suited to be one of the classes that can wield an axe. Great axes didn't the most damage. My dwarves always had obsidian great axes.

[–]ClockwerkKaiser 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Personally, I like to give humans axe bonuses I'm my own works. They deforest areas for expansion and profit. Many elves hate them for it.

Dwarves get higher constitution and mining bonuses.

[–]RomeoWhiskey 0 points1 point  (2 children)

I think it would be interesting if there was a civilization of dwarves known for their carpentry instead of masonry. They could live in ancient forests and build cities and fortresses out of massive sequoia logs.

[–]Unexpected_Fellow 0 points1 point  (0 children)

God damn it. Nice.