I bought the book, Kingdom of the Dwarfs [Aff link], by Robb Walsh [Now a food writer and critic in Texas. Made me hungry for some good BBQ….] and illustrated by David Wenzel, back in the 1980’s. The copyright date is 1980, so I’m not sure what year I bought it. I know it was before I graduated high school, so sometime between 1980 and 1983.
I keep it with my RPG materials. I was trying to think of something to post about, and I remembered this book. I have not read it probably since I first read it after I got it home three plus decades ago.
I have looked at the art since then, and marveled at the skill of the artist, and wished I could do the same. Perhaps with intentional practice and some art classes I might do better than my present attempts.
I strongly identify with dwarves for some reason. I really liked the dwarf character from The Sword of Shannara [Aff link].
Oddly enough, my favorite character is a half-elf. Although I play a dwarf in my Wednesday night online AD&D game.
The Wikipedia article about David Wenzel calls this a children’s book. As I recall, it was in the fantasy/science fiction section of the bookstore, so it was not marketed or sold in that store like a children’s book. I don’t think the theme is of a children’s book.
I remembered the basic story, but of course, the details eluded me. So I read it again.
It is a fast read. The text is mostly a set up of the book and then brief blurbs to set the scene for the art. The art tells a very detailed story.
Now I’m in the mood to detail the dwarven realms in my campaign. There’s never enough time to do it all!
If you want to build a dwarven kingdom or lost kingdom, this is a great source book!