The appearance options in the game, Lord of the Rings Online are indeed quite limited. We do not even have the option to start a woman dwarf! But, if there is a will, then there is a way. Follow this motto and you will see the wonders one can find RP-wise.

Out of the LOTRO, the dwarf women created by the Weta Workshop are very inspirational as well as our little Pri.

To create our own lady dwarf, we start with the male dwarf options in Lord of the Rings Online. Our characters typically look like a male dwarf. Yet, RP folks do not mind such details much, they rely more on their imagination and the stories provided to them. Thus, try to get the most of the female look you can get on the character creation screen. Refrain from having too much bruises or scars in the face for your maiden has not probably seen much battle. My favourite beard style in the game is the one with braids, yet it gives her moustache which should not be there, I guess. Therefore I lately use the option with just beard in the shape of a water melon or ice-cream slice.

The best option is to draw your own character and link it to the forums or a platform you share with your RP friends. Thus you give them a good clue about how your character actually looks. Below are some tips help customize our dwarf maidens.

Eyes: I believe the dwarf ladies used kohl as it is an ancient Middle Eastern tradition.

Kohl is a black paint used to highlight your eyes, just like the modern eye-liner. I also think the dwarrows could have used coal as well. A piece of coal sounds practical enough.

Hair and beard: We have another eastern delight here, named henna (Lavsonia inermis). It is a green herb which strangely gives the hair red colour if applied in a specific way. I do use it in real life, much preferable than synthetic dyes which would kill the fish in the sea and harm me too. It can also be applied to the skin. It feels alright me to have dwarves use henna. Woad plant, indigo, coffee, black tea, rosemary, walnut… oh my, there are many plants one could use for hair dye. Though, the disputable part is whether all these existed in the Middle Earth.

Henna Henna applied ash brown hair

Henna                                                             Henna applied ash brown hair

Clothing: Now this is the trickiest part. When travelling, out of their Halls, our maidens are to wear the same outfits with the boys. Yet, if one follows the Hobbit Movie lore, they can also wear women clothes outside. It feels best to stick with the lore, but I sometimes do let Kveltrild wear what she likes around strangers. I think Harvest Brew Dress (acquired in the Harvest Festival) is very fitting for Kveltrild. Secondly I recommend a hooded cloak bought from the store, it completes the dress and covers the chest very neatly. Here are Dwalia, Kveltrild and the lovely Dizinh.

Dwalia, Kveltrild and Dizinh

On the other hand, one can assume that the character is wearing different clothing. Remember that dwarves in the Hobbit all had hoods with a specific colour related to their family and social status. I picked green for Kveltrild. Clothing styles for dwarves should be immensely varied for dwarrows are makers by nature. I am a fan of the clothes and outfits we saw in the Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey movie’s Erebor scenes, especially Balin’s and Thror’s outfits.

I think dwarf maidens mainly wear dresses with bright colours. Their dresses could be adorned with beads and even embroided with metals such a silver and copper.

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