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Once you've had dwarf... by hibbary Once you've had dwarf... by hibbary
A silly continuation of:

Dwarves seem to have earned a reputation for being brutish and rough which I hotly contest. Yes, they're fierce warriors and like to bash and hack the shit out of enemies, but they're also metal smiths and let me tell you, metal smithing is the FIDDLIEST FUCKING THING ON THE PLANET. Until you've spent hours precariously balancing a ring on a firebrick, poking a tiny prong setting into place, applying flux and a microscopic piece of solder, and then fighting to keep it all exactly as you placed it until the solder melts, you cannot understand what otherworldly patience and finesse dwarves must possess. Even blacksmithing requires a lot of minute and careful maneuverings as well as some serious bashing power. Stout stature might suggest otherwise, but immense strength is very useful for delicate work because your body doesn't get tired so easily and slip up. Smithing also requires an unusual attention to detail because one tiny little setback might mean a hundred hours of cleanup.

That is why, whether dwarves are cutting gems, settings stones, making knives, or massaging elves, they are probably the most gentle, careful, detail-sensitive people in Middle Earth.

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:icongrey-tipped-wings:
Grey-tipped-Wings Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Can I color this? With all due credit and linking sent your way of course...
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:iconhibbary:
hibbary Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
Sure! :)  You are welcome to color anything in my gallery so long as it's not a commission for someone else.
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Grey-tipped-Wings Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you~!
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Faetouched Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Man, as someone who's done woodcarving, various crafting and attempted smithing, you have to be so precise and gentle it isn't even fricken funny, anyone who says Dwarves are heavy-handed brutes has clearly never so much as touched a set of smelting tongs before!
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Minuya Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
Hahaha oh my god, this made me laugh so hard...
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JosephCollins Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My god.  This is pure, unadultrated awesome.
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Samciu Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And here I am, reading comic about dwarves' massage instead of learning theory of our massage.

Still I love it :heart: It makes me laugh really hard whenever I see it XD
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Neinka Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
Aww i just knew it would end like this :)
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bryosgirl Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Best part is, that is exactly how I would expect it to play out! XD
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NordicLynx Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, this is great :)
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MaggieCandy Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
Legolas's face in the second to the last panel is just EPIC!!! =D

Have you ever considered being an animator?
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:iconhibbary:
hibbary Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yeah, way back in the day that's just what I wanted to do. Then 3D and flash crap began to take the place of traditional animation and I just wasn't interested anymore. : /
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MaggieCandy Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
Oh that's too bad. :(

But hey there's always comics! :)
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Satsuki98 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was thinking that he would gave him a nightmare. xD
Dude, I love your work. ouo
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:icongundambaby:
Gundambaby Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
rolling on the floor, literally - thank you for this brilliant laugh :D!
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taroschain Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
Very funny comic, and I agree with you that dwarves would logically have the ability to be gentle and precise.

Legolas' ears remind me of a dog with how expressive they seem. XD
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Isen-Vinter Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
i adore your art and your explanation...
now i want a fanfiction to that theme XD
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TGunnor Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OOOoooOohh my god I can't stop cracking up over this series of pictures! I love your cartoony style, it's splendid!
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Purestrongpoem Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Legolas face was hilarious.
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AnonGirl88 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
I agree so much, I've never liked dwarves being called clumsy. They are master crafters darn it!
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:iconhibbary:
hibbary Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
I know, right? You really can't be a clumsy master metalsmith. It just doesn't work.
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laraanita Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
D'aaww :D
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VeissWynd Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I was afraid of scrolling down cause I'm at work. I don't regret it!!
I'll need some more of these when I get home!!!
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Kycheronian101 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha! That's funny!! It's great! :)
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Cutie-chanXD Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Ya know, it kinda makes some logical sense here. Dwarves work all day in the mines, so you have to assume they would have perfected the art of easing sore muscles and getting kinks out of backs.
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Ashen-Phoenix Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I had never given this aspect of dwarfdom much thought, but after seeing this comic and the extensive notes you've so thoughtfully supplied, my opinion has been vastly changed for the better.
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1nkl1ng Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
:) I love your logic, and the comic is great! Educational and funny ftw.
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zevranarainai1 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
Bahahahaha I love this!!! The way you drew Legolas' expressions of nervousness and fear was hilarious, oh, and your Gimli is awesome!
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KayByrde Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
LOL his face!!! I'd be a bit afraid too. Awesome job! :)
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clacier Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my god... :rofl:

I find it rather frustrating to be massaged by someone who's afraid to use their hands. XD
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Hedonistbyheart Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
haha I love how melted Legolas looks in the last panel and your point about the finesse required of dwarves in their work puts things into an interesting perspective:) Your lines are so smooth too and your character-designs are very appealing, it's truly lovely:D
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ryuu1818 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012   General Artist
ahahhahaha i love the pains of small metals 83 (hides box of unfinished jewelries) ............83
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scirius14 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
I love this! Also that had to be the best description of metal-working I have ever seen XD and I agree completely, I did a short jewelry making course back in highschool and that stuff requires the coordination and patience of a saint.
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meow-woof Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That is so true! I actually just finished the Hobbit! Well, sort of... I got back about an hour ago. XD It was great, and there is actually a scene early on that proves this theory!!! <3
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andrielisilien Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
hehe, I agree with you; Dwarves are notorious for their works of craftsmanship in the finest detail. I would imagine their strength being intense but controlled. Very funny comic :XD:
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Rookwall Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
I want them both to give me a massage...is that wrong?
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MaxPaineVolumn Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
So do I ;)
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Tarotshama Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
These are very funny :D
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JulianGreystoke Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
Love!
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HallowedShellsArt Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Their expressions. :lol:!
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TangerineVampire Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Student Filmographer
I love this so much. Legolas and Gimli's friendship is the most special to me in The Lord of the Rings. <3
And you have a really good point about Dwarves. I never thought about it like that, but that's so true. They'd have to be so detail-oriented!
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Hildarius Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
These comics are fantastic! I love how you keep going with the relationship between Gimli and Legolas :D
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thetravelingbard Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
O my gosh I love these comics, they are all so hilarious! more more! Eeee, and Gimli is such a dainty back rubber, he even has his pinky fingers lifted up all posh like.
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SilverWolf915 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
lmao omg thats funny! who knew a big, burly dwarf could give a relaxing massage w/o breaking bones! xD
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Lyrak Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
As someone who lives with a blacksmith (well, apprentice but still) who can fight and is built like a friggin grizzly, I approve of the artist comments on this one. Sounds right to me. ;)
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DawnSentinel Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
This reminds me of some chiropractors I've had. One was into the modern way of doing it, only cracking a few places on the spine. The other was like a barbarian. I want to hear my spine crack!
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Babnoba Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha h ah ah ah ah ahah ahahahah ahahahah
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Areku23 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Look at those hands!

They could rip an Elephant apart!
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trulyquixotical Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
I've never taken an official class for it, but I've taken up wire-wrapped jewelry for a club at school and that is a small hell on its own when trying to do details. Dwarves are badasses man.
And if we forget about the metal, how about all the *stone* work they do? That also takes some precision planning and attention to detail. You don't get to mess up if what you're doing is literally going to be carved in stone forever.
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hibbary Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yesss stone work and also gem cutting.
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