Disclaimer: today's storyline isn't actually from Tolkien. I made it up. :) It is, however, Middle-Earth canon that female dwarves have beards (from birth, even, not just from puberty) and are basically indistinguishable from male dwarves to a casual glance.
Part 24: A small oversight
Next time: Part 25: Man's Dominion
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