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Mountain dwarves is a term used for a sub-race of dwarves[1] that live primarily in the mountains.


Mountain dwarves are found in Khaz Modan, Aerie Peaks, Northeron, and the Hinterlands. The Bronzebeard dwarves and Wildhammer dwarves (aka wild dwarves) have both been described as having (or being) mountain dwarves[2] or hill dwarves.[citation needed]  The Bronzebeard mountain dwarves live primarily underground deep beneath the earth within vast caverns and mines, whereas the wildhammer mountain dwarves prefer to live on the surface of mountains.[3] Wildhammer mountain dwarves are slightly taller by about six inches[4] and leaner than the Bronzebeard hill dwarves, but just as muscled. They are also less earthy.[5]

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The Bronzebeard dwarves and Wildhammer dwarves have been described as being mountain dwarves and hill dwarves respectively.[6]

Note: The term mountain dwarf does not appear to be denote a specific race, but rather describe where dwarves primarily live. The term has only appeared a few times.

Wildhammer dwarf?

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It seems that "mountain dwarf" was originally a term for a Wildhammer dwarf, before the latter term was cemented. In the RPG and WoW, it referred to Bronzebeard dwarves before World of Warcraft: The Magazine reversed it back.