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Bruenor is a sample character appearing in the Player's Handbook (5e) (2014). His player is named Bob.

Appearance and personality[]

Bruenor is a male mountain dwarf fighter. He has a red beard adorned with gold rings. He wears heavy chain mail armor mixed with scale pauldrons and metal gauntlets and golden lion shoulder pauldrons, a horned helmet with one horn broken. He carries a battleaxe and several throwing handaxes, and a wooden shield decorated with the symbol of a a mug of ale.[1]

Bruenor is caring and sensitive, but hides this behind a gruff demeanor. He has a soft spot for orphans and wayward souls, and is often overly generous in his decisions to grant mercy to opponents. He is occasionally forgetful.

Bruenor is of lawful good alignment. He believes in fairness, and that no individual is above the law.


Bruenor is strong and in excellent health.


Bruenor was born a dwarven noble of the Mithral Hall. At a young age, his clan was driven out of their homeland by a shadow dragon. He grew up in the remote villages of Icewind Dale, where he worked as a blacksmith. Bruenor's goal is to recover his homeland for his people.

Creative origins[]

Bruenor appears to be based on Bruenor Battlehammer, a 9th-level dwarf fighter appearing in Forgotten Realms novels by R.A. Salvatore. He is a companion of Drizzt Do'Urden.[2]. This suggests that Bruenor's creator, "Bob", to be a reference to his author, R.A. (Robert Anthony) Salvatore. However, Bruenor was created during the AD&D era, rather than 5th edition.


  1. Player's Handbook (5e) (2014), p.11-15.
  2. FR7 Hall of Heroes (1989), p.10-13.