I was looking to see if the dwarves wording was copywritten and came across this interesting page. Enjoy :P
Yes...Tolkien, as an Oxford professor in languages had no option but to distance himself from the Dwarfs term used everywhere in children literature.
Funny enough, Games Workshop alwats insisted in the term Dwarfs instead of Dwarves. In fact, that term is use in the 1985 edition of the "Heroes for Wargames" I have.
I always use the term dwarfs when talking about Warhammer Lore, but switch to Tolkien's dwarves when talking about Fantasy in general.
I always thought it made more sense to use dwarves than dwarfs since words that end in "f" change to "ves" when in plural form.
Example: elf - elves, calf - calves, staff - staves, leaf - leaves, etc.
Agreed. Dwarves makes more sense and I think Tolkien was right but in Warhammer is part of the Lore pretty much. So I am flexible on that!
Is it really lore because that's how people have spelled it, though? Think about it. Just because that's the plural form they used doesn't mean it's correct :O I think it's more of a proper noun problem and not a lore problem.
What do you think?