Thorin II Oakenshield, son of Thrain, son of Thror, Dwarf-King of Erebor the Lonely Mountain.
From The Hobbit, or There and Back Again (1937), by J.R.R. Tolkien.
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This one is a Dwarven Peasant, a citizen from the lower classes that cannot afford to live inside an underground city, much like in medieval times most of people lived outside the castle wall's protection. I imagine that “surface” dwarves would be a common sight in any dwarven kingdom for there are some types of jobs and activities that require temporary or even permanent above ground dwelling. In times of prosperity the population would be so big that many can't afford to live in a city and in times of need it is usual for the dwarves to be wandering around and making a living off whatever they can. So anyway it is not rare to encounter a dwarf living in the open such as this one.
He is guiding a Mountain Goat packed with firewood, a rare commodity at such heights. Dwarves usually rely on mineral coal for most purposes, but sometimes it's not readily available or is too expensive for those who live far off or that are in an advanced and temporary camp.
The Mountain goat would be a dwarf's natural animal of choice for packing and riding because there is no other animal as sure footed in the mountains as those and it is also just the right size for the stocky dwarves to ride comfortably. They would also give meat, milk and wool, all vital to surviving in such a hard environment as where dwarves make their homes. In this way they become the ultimate herd combining horse or mule with sheep advantages.
He is carrying a bearded ax, simple but fine as any dwarven item, and depicted with his edge protected by a leather scabbard. This ax is intended to be a multitask tool, It is fashioned primarily for lumber work but has the capability to be used as a very competent weapon if needed be. The end of the haft is protected by a metal butting, so the ax also doubles as a much needed walking stick.
The dwarf outfit was inspired by the ones you would find among the Mongols and Tibetan mountain people, and is very effective and practical. He wears heavily padded boots with reinforced leather toe caps and very thick sole to spare the feet from the sharpness of the rocks.
I gave a special treatment for the belt as I see it as a very culturally important piece of clothing for the dwarves. The buckle would serve the same purpose of the little crests in the warriors helms, bearing the clan insignia and runes. It is usually the most expensive item in a dwarf attire, and this particular one is ornamented with solid silver fittings and buckle. Hanging from it is a seax style knife, but this one is not primarily meant for fighting, being instead a multi-tool used in whatever is needed much in the way of a Bowie knife in the hands of a frontier. It is plain and not ornamented, but made with skill and of fine dwarven steel. The other few possessions he carries are a padded hat, a coin pouch and a leather bag. Everything simple but finely made as I imagine that there is no such a thing as a poor quality or even average job that has ever been made by dwarven hands. They definitely have another standards for what is bad, acceptable and good.
This drawing was made in pencils and colored digitally, I made an experiment with this one and kinda liked the results.
I hope you enjoy it.
This one represents my take on the lower class warriors, largely normal worker class people who afford their own war gear and go to war only when the king needs them.
The Equipment is basic but high quality, as you can expect from them dwarves. A sturdy helmet for withstanding heavy blows from above, all covered in runes, a pair of steel toed boots for deflecting rocks in dark tunnels and knocking goblin teeth, a sturdy reinforced sleeveless Dwarven maille shirt and a padded and strong Aketon. The rest of the armor is composed of hard boiled thick leather panels, all of them finely decorated, of course. The only shine of precious metals here are from a silver belt buckle and a little golden crest in the helmet’s forehead.
This one chose to invest a good deal of his money in an arsenal tough. His primary weapon is a very nasty war mattock and he also carries a one handed Axe and a cleaver style sword. The sword is made of fine dwarven steel and fitted with brass parts all over. A simple and sturdy killing tool.
Some other noticeable details are the metal and hard leater reinforcements on the gloves and boots and the leather fastenings in his beard, a very inexpensive and popular solution among hard workers and also a classic.