Two dwarfs as depicted in a 19th-century edition of the Poetic Edda. In Germanic mythology, a dwarf is a being that dwells in mountains and in the earth, and is variously associated with wisdom, smithing, mining, and crafting. Dwarfs are often also described as short and ugly, The Poetic Edda poem Völuspá details that the dwarfs were the product of the primordial blood of the being Brimir and the bones of Bláinn.
Though gaily ye may laugh, In grief ye shall be left, For, mocking maids, this ring Ye ask shall never be yours. (Arthur Rackham, from Siegfried & The twilight of the gods, by Richard Wagner, London, 1911.)