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Dwarven Sayings

Presto2112

Explorer
I've developed "May your beard grow long and your axe stay sharp" as a parting statement given to respected and honoured acquaintances and dignitaries. It's my dwarven version of "Live Long and Prosper".
 

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Presto2112

Explorer
Ambrus said:
A good dwarven swear word is "Sandstone!" It's a soft and brittle stone that no dwarf worth his salt would be pleased to build with or live beneath. ;)

"Shale" would be good here, too. A very soft, brittle stone, basically just dried, tightly packed clay.

*Drops a hammer on his toe*

"Oh, SHALE!!!"

*hops about swearing*
 

Presto2112 said:
I've developed "May your beard grow long and your axe stay sharp" as a parting statement given to respected and honoured acquaintances and dignitaries. It's my dwarven version of "Live Long and Prosper".
I like that. "SHALE!" as the dwarven s-word is funny, too.
 

Presto2112

Explorer
FnordBear said:
And a good dwarven pre battle speech.

"From this moment my kinsmen, we are dead. We march forth as a hammer striking an anvil to create something worth being alive for."

That sounds very similar to something I heard a Jem'Hadar commander say to his troops on a episode of DS9 last week. Something like "We are Jem'Hadar, and as of this moment, we are dead. We are all dead. Only through victory will we regain our lives."

I'm paraphrasing.

I thought that would be a great speech to base an inspiring speech for a grim clan of dwarf warriors.

Of course, right after that, O'Brien say "I am Miles O'Brien, and I am very much a live, and would prefer to stay that way."
 


IcyCool

First Post
InVinoVeritas said:
"You have talent, boy, but no edge. You're unfired, impure, dross hangs on you like last night's ale. I'll have to smelt you something fierce before you'll be worthy."

Am I the only one who read that and immediately had my mind go to the gutter?
 


MarkB

Legend
Whizbang Dustyboots said:
I like that. "SHALE!" as the dwarven s-word is funny, too.
The online comic Digger features a wombat who's a professional miner. One of her favourite curses is "Blood and shale!"

I think there may have been a few more dwarf-adaptable ones in that strip. I'll browse the archives.
 

Ahzad

Explorer
going off of memory b/c i can't find the character sheet, and the book (the tolkien companion) the phrase comes from is in storage, but i had a dwarf pc, kyan redaxe the dreadbeard who used to shout "Barak Khazad ai meniou", spelling is awful, but it translates to "the axes of the dwarves are upon you"
 

Kwitchit

First Post
Warhammer:
When I was young, my father taught me three things. Never accept a gift from an Elf, never trust gold that glitters in darkness, and NEVER forget a grudge.
-King Alrik Ranulfsson of Karak-Hirn (an ultra-traditionalist dwarf king)

"Fit for Goblins"- Unspeakably bad
"Not fit for Goblins"- even worse
 

Wilphe

Explorer
Most of the proverbs recorded by Plutarch to various Spartan personalities seem appropriate to the Dwarfen lifestyle:

eg:

8. Another woman was burying her son, when an ordinary old woman came up to her and said: 'Poor woman, what a misfortune.' The first woman said, 'No, what good fortune, by the twin gods, for this is why I bore him, so that he might die for Sparta, and now that is what has come to pass'.

Brasidas caught a mouse among his dried figs, which bit him, and he let it go. Whereupon, turning to the company, Nothing, said he, is so small which may not save itself, if it have the valour to defend itself against its aggressors.

When another asked what was the number of the Lacedaemonians, Sufficient, said he, to defend themselves from wicked men.
To another that asked him the same question, If you should see them fight, said he, you would think them to be many.


CLEOMENES. To one that promised to give him hardy cocks, that would die fighting, Please, said he, give me cocks that will kill fighting.


http://www.attalus.org/old/sayings2.html
(The top ones are Spartans down as far as Antalcidas)

http://www.stoa.org/diotima/anthology/wlgr/wlgr-greeklegal99.shtml
 


I read a Warhammer novel that had the Phrase "By Gharaz's (whatever thier god is called) Great Hairy Danglies!"

It does have the effect of causing a very severe, mental image.

Other ones:

"I'd rather shave my grandmother's beard!"

"If you wake up next to an ogress. The ale must have been good"

"Twas like looking up a giant's kilt"

"Eating Troll-steak"
 




Sanackranib

First Post
Ahzad said:
going off of memory b/c i can't find the character sheet, and the book (the tolkien companion) the phrase comes from is in storage, but i had a dwarf pc, kyan redaxe the dreadbeard who used to shout "Barak Khazad ai meniou", spelling is awful, but it translates to "the axes of the dwarves are upon you"

so you quote ELVEN from the similirian? have you no shame?
 

dragonhead

First Post
"who needsh a sheild when yoush gots an ale in that hand" said by a gamer in my group after the dwarven fighter faild his balance saved while fighting drunk, right as arrows came his way.
 

ColonelHardisson

What? Me Worry?
Sanackranib said:
so you quote ELVEN from the similirian? have you no shame?

"Baruk Khazad! Khazad ai menu!" is Dwarven, and means "Axes of the Dwarves! The Dwarves are upon you!"

And it comes from the Lord of the Rings, in the appendices. It's one of the few phrases from Dwarven non-Dwarves have heard.
 


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