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This is both my Folklore Thursday and my Dietrich Cycle post this week, because I am taking PhD prelim exams and this is all I have energy for. So.
1. In some occasions dwarfs might dress up in clothes that imitate the colors of songbirds. (How awesome an image is that?!)
2. Dwarfs can have a variety of skin colors, from snow white to black (take that, Tolkien fandom).
3. Dwarfs pee. (It's documented)
4. Female dwarfs ("dwarfesses," according to Heide) are pregnant for 9 days. (Good for them?...)
5. Dwarfs in German legend are a lot smaller than you think: Most often they stand about 3 spans (27 inches = app. 69 cm) or 2'4" tall - although some stories make them somewhat taller, the height of a child. They can also be a lot smaller, the size of a fir cone. Newborn baby dwarfs are the size of a human thumb.
6. There is at least one documented legend about a human nobleman cheating on his wife with a beautiful dwarfess.
7. Dwarfs can have queens!!! (This is important to me for the Dietrich research)
8. Dwarf children ("dwarflings") can play with human children, and sometimes they contract lice.
9. Dwarfs like to eat peas, grapes and raisins.
10. Female dwarf musicians play cheerful music; male dwarf musicians play solemn music.
11. Dwarfs enjoy nine-pin bowling.
12. Dwarfs enjoy storytelling. (I knew I liked them for a reason)