This week Lange and Nathan begin their review of the new Dwarfs Armybook. Will this new book allow the stunty bastards to join in with the rest of the game in the magic phase or will they still be stuck at the kiddie table? Will they now be able to take the same magic items as everyone else or will Dwarven runes still dominate most army lists? Also, the weekly listener poll settles a debate between the hosts! Listen and Enjoy!!
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“Dwarfs” is actually the correct pluralization of “dwarf.” “Dwarves” has only gained popularity as a result of Tolkien, who pluralized the noun in what he described as “just a piece of private bad grammar, rather shocking in a philologist; but I shall have to go with it.” He actually preferred the “historical” pluralization “dwarrow,” but opted for “dwarves” instead to maintain symmetry with elf/elves (the correct plural form, because language is weird).
I’d guess that GW’s chocie of pluralization was just an editorial choice, rather than a legal one, since neither term is really distinctive-enough to support a trademark claim. It’s one thing to claim an established connection between the term “Space Marine” and the Games Workshop brand, and an entirely different thing to claim such an ownership of either “dwarfs” or “dwarves.”
Oh good, someone already wrote that. I was just about to explain that, and prompt a new retaliatory album by Shots Fired.
Is the Cask of Dreams a Dwarf magic item?