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How did the dwarves procreate from Seven Fathers?

From: The Tolkien Less FAQ by William D.B. Loos

If, as has been told, only Seven Fathers of the Dwarves were created, how did the race procreate?

In the the The Silmarillion account of the making of the Dwarves, only the Seven Fathers are mentioned. In Letter no. 212 (p 287), however, Tolkien speaks of thirteen dwarves being initially created:
    "One, the eldest, alone, and six more with six mates."
Thus, it seems that Durin really did "walk alone" as Gimli's song said.

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