So your meaning of petty is correct.For Mîm came of Dwarves that were banished in ancient days from the great Dwarf-cities of the east, and long before the return of Morgoth they wandered westward into Beleriand; but they became diminished in stature and in smith-craft, and they took to lives of stealth, walking with bowed shoulders and furtive steps. Before the Dwarves of Nogrod and Belegost came west over the mountains the Elves of Beleriand knew not what these others were, and they hunted them, and slew them; but afterwards they let them alone, and they were called Noegyth Nibin, the Petty-Dwarves, in the Sindarin tongue.
:read:They loved none but themselves, and if they feared and hated the Orcs, they hated the Eldar no less, and the Exiles most of all; for the Noldor, they said, had stolen their lands and their homes. Long ere King Finrod Felagund came over the Sea, the caves of Nargothrond were discovered by them, and by them its delving was begun; ... the slow hands of the Petty-Dwarves had bored and deepened the caves through the long years that they dwelt there, untroubled by the Grey-elves of the woods. But now at last they had dwindled and died out of Middle-earth, all save Mîm and his two sons; and Mîm was old even in the reckoning of Dwarves, old and forgotten. And in his halls the smithies were idle, and the axes rusted, and their name was remembered only in ancient tales of Doriath and Nargothrond.
I really thought Mim was great! I felt very sad when hearing about his history. Could never understand though why the Noldor would have hunted his people "as animals" as they were quite obviously humanoid in appearance and seemingly against Elven nature. But you can fully understand his (Mims) bitterness towards practically anyone, as practically everyone had *uc*ed him and his people in the past. I mean it was a miracle that he liked Turin as he was indirectly responsible for his sons death.
I liked Mim too. I fell sorry for him, since he and his fellow Dwarves probably suffered a lot, and not only from those 'obviously evil' races like Orcs. Yes, he had his dark side - he betrayed Turin and his company, but they harmed him and he couldn't forget what they have done to his son. He was also a prisoner in his own house so I can see why he was so bitter. It is really frustrating that Turin's fate led to so many unnecessary evil. In my eyes Mim is just another victim of the tragedy of Turin.
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