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In many campaign settings for the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game, the Morndinsamman, the dwarven pantheon of gods, consists of the leader, Moradin, as well as Abbathor, Berronar Truesilver, Clanggedin Silverbeard, Dugmaren Brightmantle, Dumathoin, Muamman Duathal, and Vergadain. Other dwarven gods (such as Hanseath, Mya, Roknar, Tharmekhûl, Thautam, and Valkauna from the Races of Stone supplement) may be present in different campaign settings.
- 1 Publication history
- 2 Abbathor
- 3 Berronar Truesilver
- 4 Clanggedin Silverbeard
- 5 Deep Duerra
- 6 Dugmaren Brightmantle
- 7 Dumathoin
- 8 Gorm Gulthyn
- 9 Haela Brightaxe
- 10 Hanseath
- 11 Laduguer
- 12 Marthammor Duin
- 13 Moradin
- 14 Muamman Duathal
- 15 Mya
- 16 Roknar
- 17 Sharindlar
- 18 Thard Harr
- 19 Tharmekhûl
- 20 Thautam
- 21 Ulaa
- 22 Valkauna
- 23 Vergadain
- 24 References
- 25 Additional reading
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 1st edition (1977-1988)
Moradin was created by James M. Ward for the Deities and Demigods Cyclopedia (1980). Vergadain, Dumathoin, Abbathor, Berronar, and Clanggedin Silverbeard appeared in Roger E. Moore's Dragon article, "The Gods of the Dwarves", and appeared again in the original Unearthed Arcana (1985).
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd edition (1989-1999)
The dwarven pantheon of the Forgotten Realms appeared in Dwarves Deep (1990), consisting of Moradin, Clanggedin Silverbeard, Sharindlar, Vergadain, Dumathoin, Abbathor, Berronar Truesilver, Marthammor Duin, Gorm Gulthyn, Haela Brightaxe, and Thard Harr.
The dwarven pantheon was detailed in the book Monster Mythology (1992), including details about their priesthoods. This version of the pantheon consisted of Moradin, Berronar Truesilver, Clanggedin Silverbeard, Dugmaren Brightmantle, Dumathoin, Muamman Duathal, Vergadain, Abbathor, and the dwarf hero Gnarldan Steelshield. The role of these dwarvish powers in the cosmology of the Planescape campaign setting was described in On Hallowed Ground (1996).
The members of the dwarven pantheon received very detailed descriptions for their roles in the Forgotten Realms in Demihuman Deities (1998), including Abbathor, Berronar Truesilver, Clanggedin Silverbeard, Deep Duerra, Dugmaren Brightmantle, Dumathoin, Gorm Gulthyn, Haela Brightaxe, Laduguer, Marthammor Duin, Moradin, Sharindlar, Thard Harr, and Vergadain.
Dungeons & Dragons 3rd edition (2000-2007)
The dwarven pantheon's role in the Forgotten Realms is revisited in Faiths and Pantheons (2002), which describes Abbathor, Berronar Truesilver, Clanggedin Silverbeard, Deep Duerra, Dugmaren Brightmantle, Dumathoin, Gorm Gulthyn, Haela Brightaxe, Laduguer, Marthammor Duin, Moradin, Sharindlar, Thard Harr, and Vergadain.
Moradin appears again in the 3.5 revised Players Handbook (2003). His priesthood is detailed for this edition in Complete Divine (2004). The dwarven deities Moradin, Hanseath, Laduguer, Mya, Roknar, Thammekhûl, and Valkauna appeared in Races of Stone (2004).
Dungeons & Dragons 4th edition (2008-2013)
Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition (2014-)
Moradin appears as one of the deities described in the Player's Handbook for this edition (2014).
Abbathor (AB-ba-thor) is the dwarven deity of greed. His holy symbol is a jeweled dagger. Abbathor manifests as a very large dwarf, fat and piggy-eyed. He wears leather and furs made from those non-dwarves who have opposed him in the past. He is the only evil power in the dwarven pantheon of Morndinsamman, but is tolerated and supports the other deities in conflicts. Designated of being of intermediate power and with neutral evil alignment, his home plane is the Gray Waste of Hades.
|Title(s)||The Revered Mother; the Mother Goddess; Matron of Home and Hearth; Mother of Safety, Truth, and Home|
|Home plane||Seven Mounting Heavens of Celestia|
|Portfolio||Safety, truth, home, healing|
|Domains||Good, Healing, Law, Protection (also Dwarf and Family in Forgotten Realms)|
Berronar Truesilver is the dwarf deity of safety, truth, home, and healing. She shares a realm with Moradin, Erackinor, on the plane of Mount Celestia. She acts as Moradin's consort. She is an intermediate deity that is of the Lawful Good alignment. Berronar appears as a powerful female dwarf with a beard braided into four rows, wearing chain mail and a silver helm.
Berronar Truesilver was first detailed in Roger E. Moore's article "The Dwarven Point of View," in Dragon #58 (TSR, 1982) in which she was just called Berronar. In Dragon #92 (December 1984), Gary Gygax indicated this as one of the deities legal for the Greyhawk setting. She also appeared in the original Unearthed Arcana (1985).
Berronar Truesilver was first detailed as part of the dwarven pantheon in the Forgotten Realms in Dwarves Deep (1990). She was detailed in the book Monster Mythology (1992), including details about her priesthood. Her role in the cosmology of the Planescape campaign setting was described in On Hallowed Ground (1996). She received a very detailed description for his role in the Forgotten Realms in Demihuman Deities (1998). She is described as one of the good deities that celestials can serve in the supplement Warriors of Heaven (1999). Berronar Truesilver's role in the Forgotten Realms is revisited in Faiths and Pantheons (2002). Her priesthood is detailed for 3rd edition in Complete Divine (2004).
Clanggedin Silverbeard is the dwarf deity of battle. Clanggedin's realm is named Mount Clanggedin after himself, located on the plane of Arcadia. Clangeddin appears as a craggy, middle-aged, bald, silver-bearded dwarf in chain mail. He is usually armed with paired battle axes, and appears powerful and always smiling. He an intermediate deity of the Lawful Good alignment with the domains of Good, Law, Strength, War and Dwarf.
Deep Duerra is the Goddess of duergar, psionics, conquest, expansion and is listed as a dead power.
Dugmaren Brightmantle is the dwarf deity of scholarship, discovery, and invention. Dugmaren shares the Dwarven Mountain on the Outlands with Dumathoin and Vergadain. Dugmaren appears as an elderly dwarf with sparkling blue eyes. He is slightly hunched over and he wears the bright blue cloak that is his namesake. He irritates his father by wandering away from his projects before he completes them or before he finds a use for the knowledge he has collected. He is of the Chaotic Good alignment, his domains are Chaos, Good, Knowledge and is worshiped by dwarves and some gnomes who are scholars, inventors, engineers, or tinkers.
Dumathoin (DOO-muh-THOE-in) is the patron of mountain dwarves, and the dwarf deity of mining and underground exploration. He is also the protector of the dwarven dead. His holy symbol is a cut, faceted gem inside of a mountain. He is an intermediate deity of Neutral alignment with the domains of Earth, Knowledge, Protection and also Cavern, Craft, Dwarf, and Metal in Forgotten Realms.
Dumathoin is described as a gigantic male dwarf with a barrel chest. His hair and beard are sculpted gray stone, and his skin is earth-brown in color. His eyes are silvery flame. He carries a two-handed mattock made from solidified magma. Dumathoin never speaks and instead communicates with gestures and the occasional grunt or sigh. Dumathoin is a rival of his brother Abbathor and shares the Dwarven Mountain on the Outlands with Dugmaren and Vergadain.
Gorm Gulthyn (L): God of guardian of all dwarves, defense, watchfulness; is now a dead power.
Haela Brightaxe (D): Goddess of luck in battle, joy of battle, dwarven fighters; is now a dead power.
Hanseath is the dwarven deity of war, carousing, and alcohol. He is a lesser deity of Chaotic Neutral alignment and his domains are Chaos, Strength, Travel, War.
Known as the Bearded One for the thick hair that obscures most of his face, Hanseath represents the festive side of dwarven culture. Brewers hold him in high regard, as do dwarf barbarians and any dwarf who charges headlong into battle heedless of the odds.
|Title(s)||The Exile, the Gray Protector, Master of Crate, the Slave Driver, the Taskmaster, the Harsh|
|Home plane||Infernal Battlefield of Acheron|
|Alignment||Lawful Evil (LN tendencies)|
|Portfolio||Crafts, magic, protection|
|Domains||Evil, Law, Magic, Protection (also Craft, Dwarf, and Metal in Forgotten Realms)|
|Superior||formerly Moradin, currently none|
Laduguer (// LAAH-duh-gwur) is the evil deity of the duergar, the Underdark-dwelling cousins of dwarves. He is an intermediate deity of the Lawful Evil alignment with the domains of Evil, Law, Magic, Protection and also Craft, Dwarf, and Metal in Forgotten Realms settings. Laduguer appears as a tall, gaunt duergar with skin that can change between gray and brown to match the nearby rock. He is bald and perpetually frowning. He was in the Morndinsamman, but he exiled himself over a point of honor. His realm, Hammergrim, is located on the plane of Acheron
Laduguer was first detailed in the book Monster Mythology (1992), including details about his priesthood. His role in the cosmology of the Planescape campaign setting was described in On Hallowed Ground (1996). He received a very detailed description for his role in the Forgotten Realms in Demihuman Deities (1998). Laduguer was described in Defenders of the Faith (2000). Laduguer's role in the Forgotten Realms is revisited in Faiths and Pantheons (2002).
Marthammor Duin (Mar-tham-more doo-ihn), is the dwarven deity of Travel and Protection in the Forgotten Realms campaign setting. He is also known as the Finder of Trails, the Watcher over Wanderers, the Watchful Eye, and the Wanderer. He is the patron of dwarves who have left the clanholds to explore the world. His holy symbol is an upright mace in front of a fur-trimmed leather boot.
Moradin is the chief deity in the dwarven pantheon in the Dungeons & Dragons game and is a member of the default D&D pantheon. Moradin's domains are Creation, Earth, Good, Law, and Protection. He is the creator deity of the first dwarves out of earthen materials in the Dungeons & Dragons lore. Moradin is the head of the dwarven pantheon. He is married to Berronar Truesilver and lives with her in Erackinor, on the plane of Mount Celestia.
Muamman Duathal (Moo-AM-man Doo-AH-thuhl) is the dwarf deity of wanderers and expatriates. He is also the dwarven god of lightning, which he uses as an omen. His symbol is an upright mace over a single leather boot trimmed with fur, or a mace clutched by a pair of gauntleted fists. He is a lesser deity of the Neutral Good alignment and has the domains of Good, Protection, Travel Muamman appears as a weathered, nondescript dwarf dressed in plain clothes, usually green. He is thin, with a beard of deep black. He wields Glowhammer, a mace that glows as if were still cooling from being forged. Often, he carries a weathered staff. Muamman's realm is the Cavern of Rest in the ever-shifting subterranean layer of Nidavellir on the plane of Ysgard.
Mya is a greater goddess of clan, family and wisdom.:18
Roknar is a lesser god of greed, intrigue, lies and earth.:19
Sharindlar (I): Goddess of healing, mercy, romantic love, fertility, dancing, courtship, the moon
Thard Harr (L): God of wild dwarves, jungle survival, hunting
Tharmekhûl is a god of the forge, fire and warfare.:19
Thautam is an intermediate god of magic and darkness.:20
In the World of Greyhawk campaign setting, Ulaa is the goddess of Hills, Mountains, and Gemstones. Her holy symbol is a mountain with a ruby heart; she places rubies in the earth as gifts to miners, who do her husband's work. Ulaa is depicted as a dwarven woman with gnomish facial features. She wields a mighty hammer called Skullringer. Ulaa's realm in the Outlands is called the Iron Hills. She also spends time in the Seven Heavens. Her husband, Bleredd, is said to dwell with the gnomish gods in Bytopia.
Valkauna is an intermediate goddess of oaths, death and birth.:21
Vergadain (VUR-guh-dain) is the dwarf deity of Wealth and Luck. He is an intermediate deity of the Neutral alignment; his domains are Luck, Trickery and also Dwarf and Trade in Forgotten Realms. Vergadain appears as a tall dwarf dressed in the brown and yellow garb of a merchant; often his clothes are tattered and dusty from his long travels. Underneath this, he wears armor and often carries musical instruments (Vergadain has a great singing voice and is said to be a great poet), disguises, and sacks of treasure protected with poisonous snakes and vermin. His boots contain concealed weapons such as knives or garrotes, or hidden places or both. He shares the Dwarven Mountain on the Outlands with Dugmaren and Dumathoin.
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