Averaging about four and a half to five feet tall, they are short-legged and broad-shouldered compared to humans. They are a long-lived race, living hundreds of years in age and of strong constitution. Only the Hadati hillmen are comparable as mountain fighters. However their population was smaller than that of humans.
The main Dwarves are those of the West. The most well known are those of the Grey Towers who lived in high villages and farms under Dolgan; their capital being Caldara; there is also the dwarven kingdom at the Stone Mountain with the capital of Delmoria led by Harthorn
Not much is known about the origin and ancient history of the Dwarves. The first Dwarves who came to the Grey Towers delved the Mac Cadman Alair. Their earliest recorded rulers were Tholin and Hogar of the Stone Mountain, but their historical context is unclear. The Dwarves of the Grey Towers delved several other mines but most if not all of them were abandoned by the time of the Riftwar.