I wanted to stary a fantasy related debate and this is something that I had been wondering. Dwarves: Are they stereotyped because of what Tolkeins started with LOTR and because they were taken from mythology's idea of the Scottish Vikings, or are they stereotyped because we just can't imagine them to be any other way? Everyone knows what I mean - when we're talking fantasy and we're talking dwarf, it's a short, stout, armoured little fellow with a long beard [his pride and joy] and he's got a hearty scottish accent and a love for beer and being underground. Why does this have to be so? I'd like to point out some movements away from the stereotype - in Dragonlance there are Gully dwarves, and Kender with whom you'll find no relation to the stereotype other than how small they are, because that's necessary due to the meaning of the word 'dwarf' - and yet these creatures are only related to the dwarves, there are still versions of the stereotype in the story. Can anyone else name versions of a dwarf that aren't like the stereotype? and also point out the stereotypes that exist. I know WoW has a version of the dwarf that has a god awful accent and all the other features of a typical fantasy dwarf. Also does anyone think that this is done similarly with elves in fantasy?