Clanggedin Silverbeard

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Clanggedin Silverbeard
Game background
Title(s) The Father of Battle, Lord of the Twin Axes, the Giantkiller, the Goblinbane, the Wyrmslayer, the Rock of Battle
Home plane Peaceable Kingdoms of Arcadia
Power level Intermediate
Alignment Lawful Good
Portfolio Battle
Domains Good, Law, Strength, War (also Dwarf in Forgotten Realms)
Superior Moradin
Design details

In many campaign settings for the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game, Clanggedin Silverbeard is the dwarf deity of battle. He is a member of the dwarven pantheon. He is called the Father of Battle, and his area of influence is war, especially as a way of life. Clangeddin's holy symbol is depicted by two crossed battleaxes.

Publication history[edit]

Clanggedin Silverbeard was first detailed in Roger E. Moore's article "The Dwarven Point of View," in Dragon #58 (TSR, 1982).[1] In Dragon #92 (December 1984), Gary Gygax indicated this as one of the deities legal for the Greyhawk setting.[2] He also appeared in the original Unearthed Arcana (1985).[3]

Clanggedin Silverbeard was first detailed as part of the dwarven pantheon in the Forgotten Realms in Dwarves Deep (1990).[4] He was detailed in the book Monster Mythology (1992), including details about his priesthood.[5] His role in the cosmology of the Planescape campaign setting was described in On Hallowed Ground (1996).[6] He received a very detailed description for his role in the Forgotten Realms in Demihuman Deities (1998).[7] He is described as one of the good deities that celestials can serve in the supplement Warriors of Heaven (1999).[8]

Clanggedin Silverbeard's role in the Forgotten Realms is revisited in Faiths and Pantheons (2002).[9] His priesthood is detailed for 3rd edition in Complete Divine (2004).[10]


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.


In many campaign settings, 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 may be present in different campaign settings.

Clangeddin sponsored the ascension of Gendwar Argrim to hero-deity status.


Clanggedin's realm is named Mount Clanggedin after himself, located on the plane of Arcadia.




Clangeddin's priests wear silver war helms and chain mail. In battle his priests wear dwarven plate armor.


Clangeddin is worshipped before and during battle, and weapons are sacrificed to him in honor.


  1. ^ Moore, Roger E. "The Dwarven Point of View." Dragon #58 (TSR, 1982)
  2. ^ Gygax, Gary (December 1984). "From the Sorcerer's Scroll: Clerics live by other rules". Dragon (Lake Geneva WI: TSR) (92): 22. ]
  3. ^ Gygax, Gary. Unearthed Arcana (TSR, 1985)
  4. ^ Greenwood, Ed. Dwarves Deep (TSR, 1990)
  5. ^ Sargent, Carl. Monster Mythology (TSR, 1992)
  6. ^ McComb, Colin. On Hallowed Ground (TSR, 1996)
  7. ^ Boyd, Eric L. Demihuman Deities (TSR, 1998)
  8. ^ Perkins, Christopher. Warriors of Heaven (TSR, 1999)
  9. ^ Boyd, Eric L, and Erik Mona. Faiths and Pantheons (Wizards of the Coast, 2002).
  10. ^ Noonan, David. Complete Divine (Wizards of the Coast, 2004)

Additional reading[edit]

  • Conforti, Steven, ed. Living Greyhawk Official Listing of Deities for Use in the Campaign, version 2.0. Renton, WA: Wizards of the Coast, 2005. Available online: [1]
  • Living Greyhawk Journal no. 3 - "Gods of Oerth"