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 Duum’virs (3 syl.)Dwarf Alberich (in the Nibelungen Lied) 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Dwarf (The).
 
Richard Gibson, painter (1615–1690), a page of the back-stairs in the court of Charles I. He married Anne Shepherd, a dwarf also, and the King honoured the wedding with his presence. Each measured three feet ten inches.
       
“Design or chance makes others wive,
But Nature did this match contrive.”
       
Waller.
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   The Black Dwarf. A fairy of the most malignant character; a genuine northern Duergar, and once held by the dalesmen of the border as the author of all the mischief that befell their flocks and herds. Sir Walter Scott has a novel so called, in which the “black dwarf” is introduced under the aliases of Sir Edward Mauley; Elshander, the recluse; Cannie Elshie; and the Wise Wight of Mucklestane Moor.   2
 


 Duum’virs (3 syl.)Dwarf Alberich (in the Nibelungen Lied) 

 
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