From Scandinavian mythology, these dwarfs were formed by the gods from maggots in the flesh of Ymir the giant. They were less powerful than the gods, but smarter than humans. In appearance they had dark skin, long beards, green eyes, powerful stocky bodies, short legs and crow's feet. Each of them had a magic cloak or cap which could make them invisible. If daylight hit them, they turned into stone. They lived underground where they mined gold and other metals, and used these metals to make beautiful jewelry, swords and magical objects. Because of this, they were very wealthy, and would pay large ransoms for their freedom if captured by a mortal.

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