The size of a dwarf could range from a man’s thumb to the size of a child. They resembled humans in almost every way except size and their magical attributes. They were often shown to be wise and intellectual. Norse mythology depicted some dwarfs as beautiful creatures such as Fair Idun. Idun was so beautiful that the sun’s rays would not turn her to stone unlike her brethren. Eventually, a god fell in love with Idun and married her. While Nordic dwarfs were beautiful, Scandinavian dwarfs were ugly. They were hump-backed and had large noses and feet similar to goats or geese. Despite differences in appearance, they were always fond of gold, jewels, and other items of great value. The dwarfish kingdoms underground had vast amounts of treasures that could not be stolen easily. If a thief managed to steal some treasure and escape, he would find that the treasure had turned into dead leaves. They also did not like being commanded. The sword “Trfing” was made and cursed by dwarfs. The blade could not be drawn without bringing death. Dwarfs were not greedy and selfish however, stories have shown that anyone to show kindness to a dwarf would be rewarded. Aside from holding pools of wealth, dwarfs also held immense knowledge and bestowed their wisdom unto men. Dwarfs were also talented in metallurgy. Dwarfs crafted swords, armors, rings and spears for gods and goddesses. The great hammer wielded by Thor himself was said to have been made by dwarfs.
It took a long time but eventually the dwarfs would go extinct. Invaders squashed them and forced them to retreat. When Christianity started to become popular there would be churches ringing their bells. The ringing is said to have disturbed the dwarfs along with clearing forests and a growing agrarian society. Forced to hide in caves, the dwarfs slowly died away. The race may be extinct but the legends will live forever, immortalized by our faith and imaginations.