There were battle-axes and war hammers,but all with that certain feminine touch: one war axe, apparently capable of cleaving a backbone lengthwise, was beautifully engraved with flowers.
Terry Pratchett, Unseen Academicals
The name comes from the title of a quest in Moria in the Lord of the Rings Online game, where the player finds “a female dwarf’s axe. The delicate carvings and the feminine curve to the steel are unmistakable”.
This quest was a real revelation for those who enjoy to explore the Dwarven side of the lore in game and Tolkien’s world, and it makes a good case for the argument that “in times of great need” female dwarves also took weapons into their arms to fight alongside their kin without having to disguise as male warriors in order to do so (as Éowyn of Rohan had to do in the Return of the King, despite being a recognized female warrior as a shieldmaiden).
Anybody who is inspired by playing female dwarves in LOTRO or exploring Tolkien’s lore considering them is welcome to contribute! Contact by commenting on this site or via e-mail schursch(at)gmail(dot)com