King Alvis

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The giant statue of King Alvis before it was destroyed under orders of the Red Axe.

King Alvis was a king of Keldagrim, the capital of the Dwarven Realm. He passed away roughly 500 years ago, but remains amongst the dwarves' most significant historical figures. His legacy is honoured by a statue on the River Kelda, which is relevant in The Giant Dwarf quest.

History[edit | edit source]

Although the exact length of King Alvis's rule is unknown, it is known that he ruled the city roughly 500 years ago, during the latter part of the Fourth Age. At the time, Keldagrim was still sealed off from the world, as it had been since the cataclysmic God Wars. Food was always in short supply. Therefore, King Alvis was an even more important figure to the dwarves than a modern ruler.

At some point towards the end of his reign, King Alvis founded the Mining Consortium, a collection of eight powerful dwarven companies that would serve the monarchy. However, the Consortium quickly grew in wealth and power. By the time of King Alvis's death, the monarchy had lost nearly all of its power, and no successor was ever selected. King Alvis was, as a result, the last king of Keldagrim.

Alvis's statue[edit | edit source]

King Alvis is generally a popular historical figure. Indeed, the colossal statue of Alvis that the dwarves have constructed on the River Kelda is amongst the largest in the world.

During The Giant Dwarf, the player's ship crashes into the statue, destroying it entirely. The player then works to rebuild the statue. At the end of the quest, it is decided that, since the Age of Kings is long over, the face of a mining director will be put atop the statue instead.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

The character of King Alvis is probably based on Alvíss from real-world Norse mythology. Alvíss was a dwarf that was to marry Þrúðr, the daughter of Thor. However, Thor did not want this, and so told Alvíss that he must pass a series of tests to prove his wisdom because he was so short. Thor tricked Alvíss into remaining outside until the sun rose. In Norse mythology, dwarves could not be exposed to sunlight, so when the sun's rays hit Alvíss, he was turned to stone.

Predecessor Title Successor
Unknown (eventually King Gozdaron) King of Keldagrim and the Dwarven Realm The Mining Consortium