Please Help: I need a good sourcebook or two on fantasy dwarves Tolkien style

twofalls

Explorer
Our next campaign, that I am starting this Summer, will be set in the Wilderlands campaign setting near the City of the Invincible Overlord. We have decided that this will be an all Dwarven campaign, where every player is a Dwarf, part of the same clan, and contracted to the Overlord as mercenaries (adventuring group). I need some primers on Dwarven Culture and ideas. Besides the various current D&D books, I have the old FR11 source book. Are there other comprehensive books out there on the topic that would be worthy recommendations?

Thanks in advance.
 

Voadam

Adventurer
There are lots of dwarf sourcebooks

Gaz6 The Dwarves of Rockhome Dwarves in Basic D&D's Mystara.

Complete Book of Dwarves Generic 2e Book on Dwarves.

Advanced Race Codex Dwarves. Green Ronin's 3.5 take on dwarves.

Dwarves of the Ironcrags Kobold Press's culturally idiomatic canton style dwarves.

Karmic Dwarves Earth connection dwarves from the Karma system.

Player Races Dwarves For Savage Worlds but with dwarven lore.

Dwarves - Companion for Sword & Chivalry.

Paizo's Player Companion for Dwarves provides pretty standard dwarf culture.
 

jayoungr

Adventurer
Which edition are you playing? Also, do you want crunch (mechanical options), or just fluff (cultural details)?
 
In "The History of Middle Earth v12" Tolkien wrote an essay titled "Of Dwarves and Men," which may be about as definitive as you get for Tolkien style dwarves.
 

MNblockhead

A Title Much Cooler Than Anything on the Old Site
For 1st Edition, Mayfair Games published the book "Dwarves" as part of their Role Aids line, which includes A Complete Kingdom, 2 Cities, 3 Towns, new magic, and an adventure for dwarven characters of skill levels 5-10.

I couldn't find it on-line but found a copy in the use-books section of my FLGS.

I particularly like the history of the kingdom, which is related by an elven chronicler. If I ever need to quickly have a completely fleshed out Dwarven city, I can easily reskin Ostohar and use it with very little preparation. I have the 1984 reprinting with the covery by Bob DeWitt.

You can get used copies from Amazon for about USD 10, but there is, unfortunately, no legal PDF options that I know of.
 
In "The History of Middle Earth v12" Tolkien wrote an essay titled "Of Dwarves and Men," which may be about as definitive as you get for Tolkien style dwarves.
This, and the LotR appendices are the best sources for proper Tolkien dwarves.

Personally I prefer Terry Pratchett's take on dwarves.
 
It's not a gaming book, but I'd recommend Walsh & Wenzel's Kingdom of the Dwarfs. Filled with all sorts of cultural and historical descriptions, and some great art. The premise of it is that present day (ish, I think the book was published in 1980) archaeologists discover what turns out to be the ruins of a dwarven kingdom during a dig. From there, it tells the rise and fall of the kingdom and its people.
 

twofalls

Explorer
First thank you for all the responses. To answer a few questions, this is for 5e D&D and what I'm looking for is more fluff than crunch. In fact I care little at all for the later. I'm going to be creating a Dwarven culture for the party, and need ideas for that. I will check out some of these source books.
 

Voadam

Adventurer
Burok Torn from the Scarred Lands setting is another good one I enjoyed. It is for the Scarred Lands setting and has dwarves with a super strong warrior and rune magic tradition appropriate for a setting with D&D magic. If you want dwarven wizards then I'd look here first.

I don't have their sourcebook on the LE not-Asmodeus/not-Bane worshipping Charduni dwarves The Faithful and the Forsaken so I can't speak as to its quality.
 

twofalls

Explorer
Voadam, thank you for reminding me of this, I own all the Scarred Lands material. That society was Lawful Evil if I recall correctly, and very atypical of most dwarven fantasy settings. I will take a look at it again.
 

Voadam

Adventurer
Voadam, thank you for reminding me of this, I own all the Scarred Lands material. That society was Lawful Evil if I recall correctly, and very atypical of most dwarven fantasy settings. I will take a look at it again.
I liked them enough as a concept to throw their fallen cross-continent empire into my Golarion/Ptolus/Other homebrew setting's history to be part of the past when dwarves and elves ruled most everything.
 

twofalls

Explorer
It's not a gaming book, but I'd recommend Walsh & Wenzel's Kingdom of the Dwarfs. Filled with all sorts of cultural and historical descriptions, and some great art. The premise of it is that present day (ish, I think the book was published in 1980) archaeologists discover what turns out to be the ruins of a dwarven kingdom during a dig. From there, it tells the rise and fall of the kingdom and its people.
Purchased a used copy. Thanks.
 

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