Dwarven Naming traditions

Dwarves have two or more names. Two of them are given at birth.

  • The first is made of Kuzdul, the Dwarven language. Only other Dwarves are allowed to know it (1102 LotR).
  • The second is made of Westron (35 PME), but Tolkien replaced it with Norse (41 PME). This name is for use with outsiders, or those who aren’t Dwarves.
  • They are often named after other dwarves that they resemble in appearance or personality.

Where to go for Dwarven names

Behind the Name: Norse Names

Axe and Bow – Where Tolkien got his Dwarf-Names from.

Viking Names found in Landnámabók

Sources

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