Details on this Dwarven legend are extremely hard to come by as most records of the events are assumed to have been destroyed in the fighting the events themselves protray, but most agree that the Dwarves appeared first with a group of Gnomes in tow from a kind of smoking tunnel in the side of one of the southern Mountains. They settled in the High Mountains and no one bothered them as they bothered nobody. In fact, it is theorized that, depending on where these hearty folk settled, they could have arrived around the same time as the Elves and simply gone unnoticed, but there is no proof for this theory. Irrespective of when they arrived, they were soon driven from the mountains by the arrival of the Orcs, and have been unable to reclaim their fabled lost mountain halls ever since. How the Orcs got there and how exactly it came to be that the Dwarves were so soundly defeated varies with the telling.