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Reaper Bones review #56: Freja Fangbreaker, Dwarf Sergeant

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Freja Fangbreaker, Dwarf Sergeant

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You might have heard a debate that raged a long time ago as to whether or not dwarf women had beards. You can blame this on J.R.R. Tolkien, who in Appendix A of The Lord of the Rings stated:

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They are in voice and appearance, and in garb if they must go on a journey, so like to the dwarf-men that the eyes and ears of other peoples cannot tell them apart.

This leads one to understandably believe that dwarf women have beards, because otherwise it'd be pretty easy to tell them apart. In The War of the Jewels, Tolkien explicitly stated:

no Man nor Elf has ever seen a beardless Dwarf - unless he were shaven in mockery, and would then be more like to die of shame... For the Naugrim have beards from the beginning of their lives, male and female alike...

Or to put it another way, yep, dwarven women have beards. This debate raged in Dragon magazine at length, but it comes down to this -- not all players find playing a bearded lady appealing. Sculptor Werner Klocke feels the same way. This isn't a surprise, as Herr Klocke has a -- how shall we say, fondness for the feminine form.

Once you get past the beard issue, the question remains as to how to make a female dwarf feel both feminine and dwarvish. Freja manages to be just that.

Ms. Fangbreaker is just straight up dwarvishly awesome. She has a symbol of law (an arrow or the Futhark rune for the letter "T") on her axe and holds a wooden shield with the same "T" symbol. She has a cool helmet-style belt buckle and her hair is in braids. She looks regal and ferocious. And because this is a sculpt by Klocke, she has an ample exposed busom.

She earns my vote for non-bearded dwarven women. You can order this miniature at Noble Knight Games.

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