THE LIBRARIANS NOMLI AND VOMLI URCHAEEN

APPEARANCE - BIOGRAPHY - IMPORTANCE

The Plain Dwarves Nomli UrchaEnn (155 b.S.–23 a.S.), later called DishunHtuu (Thergerim DishunHtuu, "Incomplete-Knowledge") and Vomli UrchaEnn (155 b.S.–102 a.S.), later called ZinHthom (Thergerim ZinHthom, "Sharp-Head") were brothers and founders of “Nomli's Kavogerim Library” and “Vomli's School of Sandlife”. They lived their entire life together on the continent of Nybelmar.

Nomli and Vomli were born into a rich family but didn’t go in their father's footsteps. Instead they left home and founded a library and a school in one of the biggest Holtyrs (a Holtyr is a village or a compound in the dessert with walls around the houses, called HolHunds). With them they initially had their inheritance: some money, two burrow bachiks and about twenty books and parchments.

At Vomli's death the library contained over four thousand books and were the largest building of the Holtyr. Till this day Nomli's Kavogerim Library is one of the largest dwarf-owned libraries on Nybelmar.

Appearance. Both brothers were short even for dwarves, Nomli about two nailsbreadths taller. They had grey hair and beards and for those who do not know their nature they are very hard to separate. The only way was to look at their eyes.

Nomli, the older one of them, by five minutes, had light blue eyes that people described as searching and inquiring. Vomli's eyes were dark brown and people found them friendly and tended to open their heart to him easily.

Unlike most dwarves their hands were not hard and rough. They did not work in mines and smithies but amongst books in a library. At their death friends to them noticed that their hands looked almost fragile. Under the coats their bodies were thin for dwarves, but still more sturdy than humans.

One thing about them made other dwarves cautious. They did not wear the traditional Har-Eh (
Thergerim
Har-Eh), a sort of veil the dwarves use to cover their faces, mainly because they did not believe in the Hunyeh Hthom, the Plain Dwarves version of TolBarol or Urtengor, as much as they believed in knowledge. Therefore you could always see their grey beards moving as they walked around talking to one another.

Vomli was given a staff by their grandmother at their 90th birthday. He carried that around for the rest of his life, which also become a distinguishing mark for him. Return to the top


Biography. The UrchaEnns had been clanleaders for generations and when Feroli became pregnant the father, Ormli, saw no reason to suspect anything else than that a new leader would be born soon. But Feroli gave birth to twins and the proud father named them Nomli and Vomli. He was sure that one of them would become the new leader.

During the first years he saw his sons grow up to nice-looking dwarves. It was at 25 years of age that the parents started to suspect that the brothers weren’t the great leaders they’d hoped. They didn’t want to hunt
burrow bachiks with the other young dwarves. Instead they stayed home. Nomli read every book in the Holtyr while Vomli's thirst for hearing stories never seemed to be stilled. After his death Vomli's favourite expression was carved into the wall of his school. It read "If people want to tell you something, and you’ll listen, then you’ll learn."

At the age of 90 (65 b.S) Nomli and Vomli were old enough to find a woman and leave their home. They left home, together, without any women. For their entire life they never got married.

After some time wandering they ended up in the largest Holtyr in the area. They chose an open space still inside the walls and started to build their dream, the library. Like most dwarves, they did not rush things but took their time and made it a good work. During the years, as they got more books, they had to expand the library further and further under the sand. Beside the library they placed their HolHund.

When the dwarves had bought or had been given every book in the Holtyr, about twohundred and fifty books, Nomli started to travel to other Holtyrs and one time even as far as Kormendale (see Korweyn) to buy books. His main interest were non-fiction books, of which he wrote many himself.

Because of the fact that the Plain Dwarves serve as guides to caravans, lots of different people came to the Holtyr. Vomli always tried to talk with as many of them as possible and he made some good friends among the writers and librarians in both Lhindal (see Ehebion) and Kormendale (see Korweyn). Many of them he met only once, but he was a frequent writer of letters. From his friends both books and donations came often.  Nomli on the other hand always inquired if they had any books for sale. He seemed more interested in getting more books than reading them.

In 21 b.S. Vomli started building a school next to the library. The two buildings were later connected by a tunnel. Nomli then took charge of the library and he wrote more books himself. His most famous books were “Bachik for life” which was a book about
burrow bachiks, “Whining of Winds”, a book about the weather in the region and “Sand, sand and there is life”, a book about farming in the desert.

Vomli wrote too, but mostly novels and stories for the children. His most famous story was “King Gorsand and the Dragon”.
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Importance. The brothers are nor the most important persons in Kavogerims history, but they are important persons for the history. They were the first dwarves to start tracking down family-trees and ancestors as well as gathering information about the tribe itself. No dwarf in the continent even had the idea to build a library as big as they built. If the brothers had not existed many old stories would have been forgotten.

Their writings also became important to the dwarves in areas like military, farming and housing. The school also helped many dwarves learn the Thergerim language. Vomli chose his teachers carefully and they kept teaching in his spirit long after his death.
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