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What’s a “Dwerro?”

Old English dweorhdweorg (West Saxon), duerg (Mercian), “very short human being,” from Proto-Germanic dweraz (cognates: Old Frisian dwerch, Old Saxon dwerg, Old High German twerg, German Zwerg, Old Norse dvergr), perhaps from PIE dhwergwhos “something tiny,” but with no established cognates outside Germanic.  The mythological sense is 1770, from German (it seems never to have developed independently in English).

-From the Etymology of “Dwarf”

While “dwarf” has come to be a synonym for “diminutive”, in Norse and Teutonic mythology the dwarves were renown as expert craftspeople who handed their wisdom down from one generation to the next. Author and linguist JRR Tolkien noted that the plural dwarves was a piece of “bad grammar” the “real ‘historical’ plural of dwarf is dwarrow or dwerrows.

Like the dwarves of mythological and pop culture folklore, “dwerro” seeks to pursue both excellent craftsmanship and passing that knowledge onto others.