Dwarves are stout and ruddy. All genders tend to grow quite a bit of facial and body hair to keep warm in the winter climate. They live to be about 350 years old and reach maturity at 20.
Dwarves originated from elves that had been called further north by the fey. Those who remained influenced by the fey became dark elves, and those that continued north were met by Morkith's influence. They were pressured closer and closer to the earth, earning them their short stature. Upon reaching Dwarve's Landing, the earth split and they were separated from their way home.