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For the playable race, see Dwarf (playable).

In past ages, the dwarves rarely left the safety of their mountain fortresses. However, when the call to battle sounded, they rose up to defend their friends and allies with unmatched courage and valor.

Introduction and history

Creation and evolution

The titans created the earthen to help shape the world of Azeroth after they were gone. When the Well of Eternity imploded, causing the Sundering, the earthen were deeply affected, feeling the pain of the earth as if it were their own. They retreated to the places of their origin — the titan cities of Uldum, Uldaman, and Ulduar — and hibernated for almost eight thousand years. When they awoke, they found that their powers over stone and earth had waned and their rocky hide had softened to smooth skin. Those who had awoke from Uldaman migrated to the snowy mountains of Dun Morogh and built the city of Ironforge.

Faction wars

The dwarves of Ironforge were originally the Ironforge clan. They later were divided into three factions: the Bronzebeard clan who controlled the city, the Wildhammer clan who controlled the foothills of the mountain, and the Dark Iron clan who lived in the shadows of the mountain. When the high king of all the dwarves, Modimus Anvilmar, died, violence broke out into a civil war which resulted with the victorious Bronzebeard clan keeping Dun Morogh, the Wildhammers settling in Grim Batol in the Wetlands, and the Dark Irons settling in the Redridge Mountains and founding the city of Thaurissan — named after their leader.

The Dark Irons were bitter about their loss and attacked both kingdoms all at once to prevent one to come to the other's aid. Thaurissan led his army to Ironforge and was ultimately defeated. Thaurissan's wife, Modgud, invaded Grim Batol and used her magic to break through the gates and lay siege to the Wildhammers. Khardros Wildhammer, ruler of Grim Batol, slew the dark queen and was victorious. The clan of Ironforge then went on the offensive and marched onto the Dark Iron clan's capital. But the Dark Irons had accidentally summoned Ragnaros, the lord of fire. Ragnaros ravaged the Redridge Mountains and enslaved the Dark Iron clan. Seeing this terror those of Ironforge turned back to their homes. Unfortunately, Modgud's magic had made the Wildhammer homeland uninhabitable, so they left and migrated north and settled in the Hinterlands and founded the city of Aerie Peak. There, the Wildhammers became more bonded with nature and learned to ride the mighty gryphons.


Bronzebeard, Wildhammer, and Dark Iron dwarves

Two bearded female dwarves.

A bearded female dwarf.

Male dwarves

Most dwarven males are stocky and have beards.

Female dwarves

Most female dwarves do not appear to have beards. However, Falstad's grandmother, a wild dwarf is described as having a beard and female hill dwarves are described as having beards. A female dwarf with a beard is referenced in a quest in World of Warcraft as well, during the Blump fishing challenge. Graun Blump is said to have a beard. Beards owned by female dwarves appear to be rare (especially in Ironforge dwarves[2]) however, female dwarves who sported strong beards are considered a sign of beauty among members of the race.[3] Two bearded sisters fought in the battle to retake Grim Batol. It is unknown if other female dwarves grow beards, but then chose to shave.

Dwarven clans

Eastern Kingdoms

  • Ironforge clan; Apparently the original dwarven clan which evolved from the earthen. They ruled the other clans until the death of Modimus Anvilmar. The last of the Ironforge clan, the Bronzebeard clan fought during the War of the Three Hammers.
  • Bronzebeard clan; The leaders of Ironforge after the death of Modimus Anvilmar. Their capital is Ironforge. They continued to have control of Ironforge following the War of the Three Hammers.
  • Stonefist clan; Small clan belonging to the Ironforge dwarves.
  • Wildhammer clan; An Alliance non-playable faction who was once united with the other clans by the Ironforge clan.
  • Stormpike clan; A clan found primarily living in the Alterac Mountains within the "valleys of Alterac". They have ties to Ironforge and the Wildhammer dwarves.[4]
  • Dark Iron clan; A hostile non-playable faction that was once united with the other clans by the Ironforge clan.

Hill dwarf is a term to describe dwarves living in the hills. Mountain dwarf is a term used to describe dwarves living in the mountains. Characters described as being hill dwarves include; Rom, Gimmel, Joj, Narn. Characters described as mountain dwarves include; Falstad Dragonreaver, Glodin, Molok, Tupan and Yorg Stormheart. The Bronzebeard clan and the Wildhammer clan have both been described as having hill dwarves and mountain dwarves[5][6][7].

Notable dwarves

Bronzebeard dwarves

Note: Also referred to as Ironforge dwarves.

  • IconSmall Dwarf Male.gif Modimus Anvilmar - Former high king of all dwarves.
  • IconSmall Magni.gif Magni Bronzebeard - King of Ironforge.
  • IconSmall Muradin.gif Muradin Bronzebeard aka Yorg Stormheart - Younger brother of Magni, founding member of the Explorer's League, king of the Frostborn.
  • IconSmall Brann.gif Brann Bronzebeard - Youngest Bronzebeard brother, explorer.
  • IconSmall Dwarf Male.gif Thargas Anvilmar
  • IconSmall Dwarf Female.gif Moira Bronzebeard - Princess of Ironforge, captive of the Dark Iron Empire.
  • IconSmall Dwarf Male.gif Madoran Bronzebeard - King of Ironforge during War of the Three Hammers. Father of Magni, Muradin, and Brann.
  • IconSmall Dwarf Male.gif Baelgun Flamebeard - Watcher of Doorward. Former second of Muradin's expedition.
  • IconSmall Dwarf Male.gif Rom

Stormpike dwarves

  • IconSmall Dwarf Male.gif Vanndar Stormpike - Leader of the Stormpike Expedition in Alterac Valley.

Wildhammer dwarves

Note: Also referred to as wild dwarves.

  • IconSmall Wildhammer Male.gif Falstad Wildhammer — Current high thane.
  • IconSmall Wildhammer Male.gif Khardros Wildhammer - High thane of the Wildhammer dwarves during the War of the Three Hammers.
  • IconSmall Kurdran.gif Kurdran Wildhammer - Chief thane of the Wildhammer clan during the Second War, commander of the gryphon riders of the Alliance Expedition to Draenor
  • IconSmall Wildhammer Male.gif Maz Drachrip -Thane before Falstad Dragonreaver.

Dark Iron dwarves

  • IconSmall DarkIron Male.gif Dagran Thaurissan - Current emperor of the Dark Irons.
  • IconSmall DarkIron Male.gif Sorcerer-thane Thaurissan - The leader of the Dark Iron clan of dwarves during the War of the Three Hammers.
  • IconSmall DarkIron Female.gif Modgud - Sorceress wife of Thaurissan during the War of the Three Hammers.
  • IconSmall DarkIron Male.gif Franclorn Forgewright - Once was the chief architect and designer of the Dark Iron dwarves and inventor of the "Stonewrought" method.

Iron dwarves


Note:Earthen are often called "dwarves" by other races, and by Brann Bronzebeard when speaking of his ancestors.

  • IconSmall EarthenNorth.gif Bouldercrag the Rockshaper
  • IconSmall EarthenNorth.gif Brangrimm
  • IconSmall EarthenSouth.gif Dungard Ironcutter
  • IconSmall EarthenSouth.gif Goggeroc


This article or section includes speculation, observations or opinions possibly supported by lore or by Blizzard officials. It should not be taken as representing official lore.

The Lost Vikings was one of Blizzard's earlier games, and share some resemblance to the dwarves in WoW.

As in most modern fantasy, the dwarves in the Warcraft universe draw parallels to those in Template:Wplink legendarium as well as the original race in Norse mythology. Most notably, and common to both sources, are their facility with and affinity for mining and other crafts of earth and stone. Their short stature and general appearance are common throughout mythology as well as fiction. The Warcraft dwarves' descent from the earthen also mirrors both sources.

The Warcraft dwarven affinity for mechanical engineering may derive in part from the Warhammer games' depiction of dwarves as technologically apt or may itself simply be an extension of their affinity for mining and metalcraft. This also relates to Norse mythology where they are the creators of many of the gods' artifacts, examples not only of smithing but engineering.


  1. World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, 174
  2. World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, 34
  3. Day of the Dragon, 264
  4. Alliance Player's Guide, 166, 168
  5. Lands of Conflict, ??
  6. Day of the Dragon, ??
  7. Night of the Dragon, ??

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