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The Calnar Dwarves are the name of the dwarves that live in the land of Thorin, located in the Khalkist Mountains. The Calnar Dwarves had a festival that began each year at the summer solstice called Balladine, a festival of trade where the dwarves would host the human tribes of Golash and Chandera and historically even the elves of Silvanesti.

The Calnar Dwarves were known for their inventiveness, metal working, and wealth. They tended to be black of hair and the men wore their beards clipped short and back swept as if they were walking into a wind. This is a style many maintained as some Calnar Dwarves made the transition to being Hylar Dwarves by exiling themselves from Thorin after the invasion led by Grayfen Ember-Eye.

The chieftan of the Calnar at the time of the invasion was Colin Stonetooth, who did not take proper precautions to defend his people from the human threat, and stepped down from leadership of the Calnar, leaving for the promise of Kal-Thax to the Southwest. Colin's second son, Tolon Farsight, took control of the ruins of Thorin and the city under the mountain and the Calnar that remained. Due to Tolon's distrust of humans, he decided that eventhough trade would necessarily have to continue, but never again would the Calnar issue an invitation to Balladine.


The Calnar were located in Thorin (which is near present day Thoradin ). They were a peaceful group of mining dwarves who had trade relations open with human settlements. These settlements traded with the Dwarves during Balladine. Balladine was a festival that allowed humans to come and trade. During the last Balladine a human, Grafen Ember-Eye, led the human traders and attacked the Calnar out of jealously. The Calnar were forced to fight back (look to the left as they called a time of crisis noting that every tool has two sides, one for trade and one for war). The Calnar were able to defeat the human invasion. After the battle was over Colin Stonetooth split the Thorin into those who wished to stay and live under the reign of Tolon the Muse and those who were to seek out Everbardin. The Calnar under the leadership of Colin Stonetooth, left Thorin and traveled to Kal-Thax. Upon leaving Thorin, Colin Stonetooth adopted the name the humans called his people the Hylar, which means the Highest.

List of Calnar Dwarves[]


  • The Covenant of the Forge, pgs. 1-110
  • A World in Stone, pgs. 27, 33
  • Songs of the Loremaster, pgs. 37-41

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