Dunters, a.k.a. red caps

Dunters, sometimes known as red caps, are somewhat like orcs but have . . . worse teeth, if that’s possible. 

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Dunter holding musket – by Luka Cakic

They are technologically more savvy than orcs, although they copy rather than invent. They also have powerful females who will at least rule a fortified manor with an iron hand even if they don’t typically join war parties.

Probably the best-known depiction of a dunter commonly found online is from the 1978 book Faeries by Alan Lee and Brian Froud. I feel bad for these guys because their illustration is so seldom attributed:

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From the fine 1978 book Faeries by Alan Lee and Brian Froud!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is also a dunter to be seen on a beer label, but he’s gone bourgeois on us:

dunter-label-nick-harris

 

 

 

 

 

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