I never really did like Dark Sun's take on the half-dwarf, and last night was lying there awake anyway since a storm was brewing, so was thinking about what might work better. Height somewhere in between humans and dwarves, girth too. And I vaguely remembered that I had seen a half-dwarf before in one of the Narnia books. Looking at the description, he was man on the short side, with a long flowing beard, and overweight rather than muscular. Again, very familiar - and according to NORAD, the guy in the red suit is 5 foot 7. Which means that half-dwarves could all look just like him, rosy cheeks, bowl full of jelly and all.

Santa Claus is a half-dwarf.

(and those "elves" with him? Those are obviously tinker gnomes, rock gnomes)