Fantasy Wars! Episode 1: Dragon Age Origins Dwarves vs. Skyrim Dwarves

#11Morgoth the EnemyPosted 2/1/2013 3:20:45 PM
DA:O dwarves by far, TES has no dwarves just a massive hard on for pointy eared losers.
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#12jrr18Posted 2/1/2013 3:44:03 PM
Dragon age because of sandle.
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#13The_Ivory_ManPosted 2/1/2013 3:46:14 PM
TES dwarves, they have unique Norse Myth based ones... All the other series just copy Tolkien
#14zeroboboPosted 2/1/2013 4:01:29 PM
DA dwarves are super interesting, have lots of impact on the world. have their own interesting politics and customs.

TES dwarves are actually elves (so minus a point right there), they're super vague history, they're all gone so you cant really do anything interesting with them. if you did try to do anything interesting witht hem lore nerds would nerdrage. so yeah....

TES dwarves suck. DA dwarves rule.
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#15The_Viking_SwanPosted 2/1/2013 4:24:28 PM
Dwarf fortress dwarves are best dwarves.
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#16xDeadrebornxPosted 2/1/2013 4:51:34 PM
I took this but here it is...have a good read.

Like my ES more.

Sources for the earliest concepts of dwarves are essentially non-existent. Norse dwarves (dvergar) are the earliest source for our understanding of original dwarves. However, the concept of Dvergar mutates rapidly, even during our records of Norse Mythology. This makes it hard to draw a uniform concept of early dwarves, and questionable whether there actually was one.

For most of Norse mythology, the skin color of Dvergar was 'pale' (fölr), like a corpse. The hair color is 'black' (svartr). The Norse depiction of the deathly complexion of Dvergar resembles the modern depiction of vampires, with early dwarves fatally susceptible to sunlight. Dvergar are skilled craftsmen, and most of their magic involves labour, craftsmanship, and metallurgy. They are a family of Vćttir, or nature spirits. From the later information on dwarves, from similar mythical creatures, and from the nature of Germanic mythology and its roots, we can get a good idea of early dwarves. Elves are a race with very close associations to dwarves. 'Alf' often appears as part of dwarf names (eg.: Álfr, Gandálfr, and Vindálfr), and dark elves have deep parallels with dwarves. Elves are often described as humans elevated after death, and descriptions of them often have them passing through physical objects. Other Norse creatures and Vćttir have similar connotations of death. Trolls are deathly creatures who rise from beneath the earth and often require to be put back to rest. Nisse have the same labourer image as dwarves, and they lived in burial mounds. Death is a recurring motif in Norse Mythology, and ancestor worship is a prevalent practice in animistic religions. 'Dvergr' is very similar to 'draugr' (a spirit of the dead in Norse Mythology). Norse mythology has images such as the dwarves growing from maggots from Ymir's flesh and the inevitable murder that comes from a dwarf weapon. All of this suggests dwarves were a form of spirits of the dead.

Dwarves seem to be associated with age and wisdom. They are consistently pictured with beards, and have great knowledge, particularly of craftsmanship (a major occupation in Norse society). The connection between the elderly and death helps strengthen the link between dwarves and spirits of the dead.

It's worth noting that nothing points to early dwarves' short height. Short dwarves only appeared around the 13th century, in sources such as the legendary saga, and it became a trend for mythical creatures (see: fairies; elves; gnomes) to be small, such that they gained a mischievous and comical nature. Given the dwarf's association with dead humans, it seems unlikely for them to have been anything but human height, and any shortness they have would be a characteristic of old age. With the oldest sources depicting dwarves as human height (see Norse dwarves), early dwarves most likely were.
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#17RebelElite791Posted 2/1/2013 4:57:41 PM
Dwemer steamroll (no pun intended).
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#18SchesparnPosted 2/1/2013 5:11:46 PM
I like DA dwarves because I like classic, cliche dwarves. If you're not into extremely stereotypical dwarves, then DA dwarves are not for you. :D
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#19ty1098(Topic Creator)Posted 2/1/2013 5:42:03 PM
Does anybody remember in DA:O when Sandal was found near the end of the game in that tower, covered in blood, with a room of dead darkspawn around him? Probably the funniest/creepiest moment of the game, especially when you ask him what he did, he just replies "Enchantment!" and immediately drags you into the enchantment window.

Also, Oghren FTW. The only party member to come with you into Awakening, why? 'Cause everybody loved him.
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#20darkportal785Posted 2/1/2013 5:48:10 PM
From: ty1098 | #019
Does anybody remember in DA:O when Sandal was found near the end of the game in that tower, covered in blood, with a room of dead darkspawn around him? Probably the funniest/creepiest moment of the game, especially when you ask him what he did, he just replies "Enchantment!" and immediately drags you into the enchantment window.


That happens twice in DA2.

Once during the end of the first act and again at the end of the game.
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