Day: August 15, 2014

Small people are not a race. This isn’t Game of Thrones!

An interesting fact is that Tolkein took the names of the thirteen dwarves in The Hobbit (and most of the other dwarves in The Lord of the Rings) from the Old Norse Eddaic poem Völuspá, which has a section called the Dvergatal, which means ‘Catalogue of Dwarves’.

This list of names contains Thorin, Dwalin, Gloin, Fili, Kili, Dori, Nori, Ori, Bifur, Bofur and Bombur. The only two of the thirteen not directly from the poem are Balin and Oin.

Gandalf is also in this list, so he was originally a Norse dwarf!