Marthammor Duin (Mar-tham-more doo-ihn)[1] was the young, neutral good dwarven god of wanderers and patron of dwarves who had left the clanholds to explore the world. He was also known as Finder-of-Trails, Watcher over Wanderers and the Watchful Eye, and was sometimes considered to be an exarch of Moradin.[4]

He approached life with a gnome-like demeanor, curious to see what lay beyond the horizon and always willing to trade stories of travels. His was the rare spirit of dwarven exploration, and the spark of curiosity his followers associated with bursts of lightning.[1]


Marthammor's clergy were known as the volamtar ("blazers of fresh trails"). They represented one of the most widely recognized dwarven churches of the surface wide, particularly in the North. Volamtar marked wilderness trails near dwarven strongholds to make the path of those that might follow from the clanholds easier. They patrolled trade routes and game trails between human and dwarven enclaves, healing the injured and clearing these areas of dangerous predators.[1]

In urban areas, they set up temples with the aim of strengthening dwarven populations through healing, religious ceremonies and exchange of information. Sometimes they attempted to gain minor political positions to influence the government of non-dwarven cities.[1]

They prayed for their spells in the morning and celebrated numerous holidays throughout the year, including each festival day and the following nine days of each festival. Years featuring Shieldmeet saw much celebration, with the public, including non-dwarves, being invited to attend.[1]

Volamtar frequently also specialized as divine champions and fighters, while those in the wilderness often had some ranger skills.[1]

Marthammor had an aspect named Muamman Duathal, god of wanderers and expatriates; this aspect had a considerably smaller clergy than Marthammor, but Nanteuil of Daggerford was a fairly well-known follower.[citation needed]


Other members of the dwarven pantheon saw Marthammor's behavior as 'antics' and hoped his interest in the world above would soon pass. Moradin was grateful that at least his youngest son was more disciplined than Dugmaren, one of Marthammor's greatest friends.[1]

He hated the gods of orcs, goblins and giants and held special enmity for the hill giant god Grolantor.[1]


Further ReadingEdit


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 Eric L. Boyd, Erik Mona (May 2002). Faiths and Pantheons. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 120–121. ISBN 0-7869-2759-3.
  2. Kim Mohan ed. (2015). Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 22,105,134. ISBN 978-0786965809.
  3. Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford (2014). Player's Handbook 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 60–63. ISBN 978-0-7869-6560-1.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Bruce R. Cordell, Ed Greenwood, Chris Sims (August 2008). Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 63,78,81. ISBN 978-0-7869-4924-3.


The Morndinsamman
The dwarven pantheon
Intermediate Deities
Berronar TruesilverClangeddin SilverbeardDumathoinSharindlar
Dugmaren BrightmantleMarthammor DuinThard HarrVergadain
Dead Powers
Deep DuerraGorm GulthynHaela BrightaxeLaduguer

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