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The seven houses of the Khazad by Artigas The seven houses of the Khazad by Artigas

The seven houses of the Khazad.
An enduring theme in my mind that intrigued me from the first time I read Tolkien’s work.
I have been developing this idea for years now and it is with great satisfaction that I present you my take on the seven clans of the dwarf kind.
There is hardly any information to be found on the books though, so I had to ground my designs on what could be guessed from their names and the sparse information you have from canon material and also by loosely comparing their rough geographical location on ME with real word maps and cultures and of course filling the gaps with a lot of guess work and plain imagination.
I imagine them as portrayed here to be somewhere on the second age, and wanted to give hints of their cultural traits and location through their looks.
The guide I wrote myself and followed for their tribes is, as follows from left to right:


Stiffbeards: Renowned Craftsman, they make their homes in ice caves on the vast frozen lands up north starting around the ice bay of Forochel and all the way down in between the mountains of Angmar  and the grey mountains (Ered Mithrim). Very secretive and peaceful, they avoid taking part on any troubles from the outside world at any costs. 

Stonefoots: They are the barbaric branch of Durin’s folk, best known as great gem cutters, miners and delvers, and are regarded as being quite hostile and hard to deal with.
They dwell on the southern part of  the Orocani on east, near the pinewoods and shores of the sea of Rûn.

Broadbeams: Great merchants from Zirakbhund (Mallost) and later Mount Dolmed in the Ered Luin.  Founders of the great city of Belegost (Gabilgathol)  and known for their wealth and prosperity, their great fortresses and for their formidable Dragon-Warriors. They are also considered the greatest armourers the dwarves had ever produced and were the creators of the fearsome Dwarf-Masks. Most prominent among the Broadbeams was King Azaghâl who wounded Glaurung the Dragon.

Longbeards: Noble rulers, originally from Mt. Gundabad and Later Moria.
Regal, rich and traditional, they are the righteous heirs of Durin and rulers of the dwarfkind.
The Longbeards are held as a sacred lineage by the other clans and command great power.

Firebeards: Fierce, warlike and proud, Firebeards came from Nogrod (Tumunzahar) in the Blue Mountains. Supreme metalworkers and weaponsmiths, they are said to have invented maille and also hailed as the greatest Bladesmiths among Dwarves, the greatest Dwarf-smith Gamil Zirak Telchar and Garmur having been Firebeards.

Ironfists: Very proud and fierce warriors of noble descent from far up north on the Orocani and near the gulf left by the now extinct sea of Helcar. Renowned for their warrior’s prowess and their incredible weapons and armour. They are said to be the first to unveil the secrets of Iron and Steel.They are very warlike and greedy though, and are accounted to have been involved in many wars against other clans, particularly to the Longbeards, to whom they bear a grudge and who they consider to be their rivals.

Blacklocks: Great architects and Jewell makers that made their homes in the Mountains of Shadow’s (Ered Glamhoth) farthest easternmost part, among the remnants of Hildórien. They were the first to develop civilization and are very rich and proud. They are also accused of being the “black sheep” of durin’s folk and of being greedy and selfish, as well as of worse things as dealing with orcs and even Mordor.

I did an extensive research for that, specially maps, but they are very confusing and sometimes contradictory or incomplete, so any critics from my lore master friends are most welcome.
Cheers

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Raulvitor Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2017
You have made such good job here!
I just can say thank you!
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Artigas Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2017
Cheers Mate.
Eh nois.
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IndiGimli Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2017
Awesome!!!!
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Artigas Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2017
Thanks!
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IndiGimli Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2017
Love 
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ACEnBEAKY Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2017
The far left looks like a mongol/hun. The far right looks like Babylonian, Assyrian, Persian, Sumerian, etc. 
Everything in between looks some kind of Norse of Celtic, perhaps a mix, with some vague roman influence. 
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Artigas Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2017
Close enough.
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vooxxy Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2017
This is so awesome good work!
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Artigas Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2017
Cheers mate!
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SirGodspeed Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2017
Brilliant work. You had to dig into non-canon or questionable canon stuff for this, but it works well. :)
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Lewont Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2017
Great job!
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Artigas Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2017
Thanks friend. Its the dark art of the Dwarven lore.
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Zeonista Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2017
Excellent representation of the Seven Houses. Good building of some RPG-style archetypes in the descriptions. May have to use 'em in a future RPG setting. Players will come by and say "that is some fine Dwarf backgrounds there". I will say "they are from a good source". ;) 
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Artigas Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2017
Thanks my friend.
I am a big RPG fan myself, please do it and I will be happy.
What do you play? MERP I suppose? Maybe even Rolemaster?
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Zeonista Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2017
I have made my own kitbashed set of Rolemaster rules adapted for MERP. it has frequently been my choice of RPG rules for gaming in Middle-Earth. In the last couple of years I have found & developed a liking for the The One Ring game made by Cubicle 7. Am wanting to get a gaming group together for it some time....  
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Artigas Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2017
Ah cool. I dont know the One ring one but will check it out.
Cheers
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Zeonista Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2017
I will be giving it a demo session at the bi-weekly gathering Saturday. The current game is on hold due to missing players, so it seems like a good time to try out something new. And I can run a Middle-Earth setting game in my sleep. 
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Artigas Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2017
Sounds good man. Whereabouts in the US are you located?
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noahcat Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2017
Now these are dwarves! Unlike the Tokyo Hotel boys from the Hobbit movies.
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Artigas Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2017
Hahahah that made me grin.
Cheers
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noahcat Featured By Owner Edited Jun 30, 2017
Ever thought about making pictures of other cultures of Middle-earth? Elves, different Easterling or Southron cultures?

By the way, I think "Durin's Folk" refers to Longbeards, not Dwarves in general. Might be wrong though.
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Artigas Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2017
No. Never thought of it.
Yeah maybe you are right but maybe not.
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MrSpartin Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
One of the coolest things I've read and seen lately.
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Artigas Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2017
Thanks a lot.
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TheBedrockEmerald Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very clever of using the spelling "maille" I'm just going to say mail for simplicity reasons

this one is a little nit picky 

Chain and mail mean the same thing so saying ChainMail can be translated to ChainChain or MailMail, so really saying chainmail makes little sense 

for example lie and mislead pretty much mean the same thing and you wouldn't say "I LieMislead someone"
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Artigas Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2017
Thanks I appreciatte that.
You are right and I was aware of that but I just can't help but use the word that got popular in recent years.
Maybe I should champion the actual correct term from now on.
Cheers
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Murgus Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
AWESOME!!!!
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Artigas Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2017
Cheers
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AngelaCross Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2017  Professional General Artist
Very well done! Thank you for including the lore.
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Artigas Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2017
No Problem Angela :D
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DoomsDain Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2017
And not a single fucking sword on a one of them :)  makes me smile
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ElrondPeredhel Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2017
Sure the favorite weapon of Dwarves is the axe but they do use swords pretty often (from Thorin to the warriors of the Iron Hills). It is not uncommon among Dwarves.
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DoomsDain Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2017
its annoying to behold nontheless. Swords are so overdone to such an extreme degree anyone who can use anything else absolutely should.
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ElrondPeredhel Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2017
Not so sure when it comes to Dwarves who are so often associated only with axes (and occasionaly hammers).
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Artigas Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2017
Look again. Ironfist has one. I love the concept of dwarfs having messers and seaxes or falchiones.
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DoomsDain Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2017
Oh you mean that butter knife? I mean sure i guess he could use that as a sword if he lost his other weapon :D
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Artigas Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2017
I would like to see you saying that to his face. 
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KaprosuchusDragon Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
BTW that stonefist looks like some fellas ive seen both in Norway and Sweden 
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Artigas Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2017
Oh really? Indigenous people you mean? Or just regular Joes at Wallmart?
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KaprosuchusDragon Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well they where swedish and  norwegians most likely so probably Indigenous im Norwegian myself. The people ive seen that looks most like him are bikers
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Artigas Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2017
Oh cool. So its a feasible look. Cheers my Swedish friend. 
PS: Are Trolls real? :P
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KaprosuchusDragon Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
why do you call me Swedish i just said i was Norwegian.

And yes. yes they are
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Artigas Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2017
hahha to piss you off. Sorry slip of the tongue.
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KaprosuchusDragon Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No Problem man :)
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Auginator Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2017
amazing didn't know about the other dwarf clans I only knew about the longbeards. the stonefoots, broadbeams, firebeards and the Ironfists seem pretty cool though
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Artigas Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2017
Its particularly satisfying to know that my work somehow helped to promote Tolkien's masterpiece. 
This comment made my day.
Cheers
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