As for lore saying they didn't go to war, neither did females from other races. As I said above, LOTRO is created for a 21st century audience, and the books were written starting in the 1930's; a much less progressive time.
As for close non-Dwarven friends, no, not even then. Not unless she told them (or they chanced to see her unclothed), and even then they'd still be completely unable to spot other female Dwarves based on her example.
No, Tolkien said specifically that Dwarven women did not go to war, that being one way to tell a female Dwarf apart. He said nothing so specific about the other races (naturally not, with the likes of Eowyn about), allowing for exceptions.As for lore saying they didn't go to war, neither did females from other races. As I said above, LOTRO is created for a 21st century audience, and the books were written starting in the 1930's; a much less progressive time.
What it boils down to is that Dwarves weren't like everybody else. Talk of the game and 'progressive' times is quite irrelevant as despite being obviously modern otherwise (to a foolish degree, if anything) the game actually respects the lore difficulties with female Dwarves, and rightly so.
Male Dwarves definitely know the difference, I found a Female Dwarf Axe in Kazarhdum, it had curves a playful spick and a built in comb that High born Lady Dwarf would cary, I show it to a Male Dwarf in the 21 hall who referred me to a Historian Dwarf in Orc Watch, Who confirm that it was indeed a Lady Dwarf Axe and send me to find the Woman's Housing building in Moira Idid find it and was presented for it with a Lady Dwarf Sword as a mementos of the discovery.
Bizarrely, there should be no Dwarves at all anymore. Aule only created seven dwarves, all of which were male. Since he created no others, they wouldn't have been able to reproduce. Of course, you'd have to assume that Eru decided to make some females (and probably a few extra males) too, since the original Dwarves became lord of their own clans which would not be possible otherwise.
Jurassic Park" Life Finds aWay"
Two little notes on this subject:
1. I believe that dwarf women DO have beards, as far as I can deduce from the books (including others than LotR). I don't know if they're beard are as long or thick as male dwarves' beards, but the difference between a young dwarf male and a dwarf woman would be hard to tell anyway.
2. In the books, it is stated that there are, in fact, VERY FEW dwarf women. Therefore I believe that not only they are not spoken of anywhere in the stories (except for Dis of course, the mother of Fili and Kili), but the stories contain no female dwarfs whatsoever. All the people who say they think Gimli might be a female dwarf or other dwarves in the stories might be female dwarves are just talking plain rubbish to me :P
The Road goes ever on and on, down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone, and I must follow, if I can.
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