Poll: What is the plural of 'dwarf'?

What is the plural of 'dwarf'?

Dwarfs
Dwarves
Either could be used.

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  • Added: October 2006

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Comments:

Patsey

I prefer "dwarfs". That is the correct grammar! Tolkien enthusuasts prefer "dwarves"

Charlotte

i think that "dwarfves" is correct NOT dwarfs isis uncorrect english

sarah

really? we're going to listen to the comments of one who uses the term "uncorrect english"?

DANIEL OCHS

It is "Snow White and the seven DWARVES". But when referring to real life "little people" they prefer the word DWARFS.

Dan

No, it is 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs'. Tolkien used 'Dwarves' to differentiate his 'dwarf' race from the likes of snow White's companions.

Yohann

Actually, the real plural is "dwarfs" but Tolkien, the Lord Of the Ring's writter use "dwarves" and precises that the historical plural is "dwarrows". But I think either could be used.

jodi

According to the New World Encyclopedia the correct historical plural is Dwarrow. In common language either dwarfs or dwarves is acceptable

Ste Passant

Dwarves does seem the more 'eloquent' form; Dwarfs seems clumsier somehow.
Has now got me wondering about Smurves now though. Surely a group of small blue people are Smurfs?

laina spradling

I think any one could work. They are both right so why sweat choosing the right answer

vivecosse

For those referencing Tolkein, here is his own definition taken from the Author's Note in The Hobbit:
"In English the only correct plural of dwarf is dwarfs, and the adjective is dwarfish. In this story dwarves and dwarvish are used, but only when speaking of the ancient people to whom Thorin Oakenshield and his companions belonged."

vivecosse

Embarrassed! I managed to misspell Tolkien!!!

Esther

Yes, an his colleague CS Lewis preferred "dwarfs"

W

I bet he did!

chris

Dwarfs, of course. Roof becomes roofs, but hoof becomes hooves, you have to know these things.

Georgie

It's dwarfs, dwarfs, dwarfs!

Daniel

We are some dwarfs and we're digging a hole, diggy diggy hole, diggy diggy hole! For you yognauts out there

Mike Hatchard

I prefer 'Dwarves' simply because it looks right. Even if Facebook underlines in red (rather arrogantly in my opinion).

Irfan Aki Babar

I prefer Dwarfs.....It's correct....According to Wren & Martin book of Crammer.

Dylan

There's a rule about it. Dwarfs or dwarves were both accurate. . . .

Muh'd sagir

Am i correct my answer about plural of dwarf, is dwarves

Muhd sagir

The correct answer is dwarves plural of dwarf.

LUKEY

Dwarfs is the correct way as it is said in the English dictionary but I prefer to say dwarves

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