I am currently playing a Lawful Good Hill Dwarf Cleric in a DnD 5e campaign. The campaign is Princes of Apocalypse and I do not find information about how they interact with other races. They seem to hate goblins and orcs and they seldom make friendship with shortlived races but I have not found anything more in depth.

For example in my group there is a Firbolg druid from Volo's guide. I do not know exactly how to roleplay my relationship with him apart from being suspicious.

So my actual question is where can I find information on natural dwarf enemies and how to react to other races in general? Is there some useful guides out there, or lore in other books? (Maybe in previous editions, if 5e is incomplete.)

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    \$\begingroup\$ This information is setting-specific, so you should specify it. \$\endgroup\$ – Szega Jun 11 '18 at 11:35
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    \$\begingroup\$ Hello and welcome! If you have time you can take the tour to find out more about the site. This question seems a bit broad as it is right now. If you have a specific setting you are playing and to avoid the question being based on opinion you could ask something like "Where can I find more about how dwarves interact with other races in <setting>". Also you specified dnd 5e but since the question is more setting dependent you may also accept material from previous editions related to that setting if you want. \$\endgroup\$ – Sdjz Jun 11 '18 at 11:43
  • \$\begingroup\$ I think this can be reopened since the Firbolg in Volo's is specified in the question. Horsy, is lore from other editions of D&D acceptable in your answer, or does it have to be specific to 5e D&D? I ask because we've had a variety of lore questions here that accept some previous edition lore where 5e is incomplete in that area ... if lore from other editions is OK, please edit that into your question. \$\endgroup\$ – KorvinStarmast Jun 12 '18 at 13:46
  • \$\begingroup\$ Yeah they are totally valid, thank you for editing. \$\endgroup\$ – Horsy Jun 12 '18 at 13:58

The Princes of the Apocalypse adventure takes place in the Forgotten Realms by default, so I'm going to base my answer on that setting. If your DM has significantly changed that default, some of the following may not apply.

The 5th edition Player's Handbook has a sidebar for each of the common races with a brief description of the common attitude of that race towards each of the other basic races. This helps in the case of elves, halflings, and humans, but not firbolgs.

The Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide has a section on each of the races from the PH, and may give some insight into the general attitude of dwarves, but the book focuses less on interracial interaction and probably won't help much.

Volo's Guide to Monsters is the only 5e source of information about firbolgs that we have. Unfortunately, the firbolg section only mentions elves and gnomes, if I remember correctly, and makes no reference to dwarves.

Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes has an entire chapter about dwarves, including significant treatment of dwarven attitudes and outlooks. While it doesn't detail their views on every race, it could provide enough foundational material to let you make significantly more informed guesses.

As for pre-5e materials, I'm afraid I'm only personally familiar with one novel that has a firbolg, one of the Cleric Quintet novels by R. A. Salvatore. In it, the protagonist and his two dwarven friends run into a firbolg. The dwarves have an inkling of dislike for the firbolg due to the race's relation to giants, but they remind themselves that firbolgs had also sided with dwarves in the past against evil giants, and so were willing to look past the lineage and treat him about the same as they would a human.

It is important to note that while dwarves have been portrayed fairly consistently in Forgotten Realms materials for some time, firbolgs underwent significant changes in 5e compared to older editions, and looking at old material for specific interracial preconceptions may be less useful than extrapolating details from current general information on 5e lore, such as that found in Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes.

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    \$\begingroup\$ This touches on what I view as the right answer - specifically MToF has enough information on 'How Dwarves Think' that after reading that through you should be able to put yourself in the mind of a Dwarf and judge each individual you encounter based on those values. \$\endgroup\$ – Ethan The Brave Jun 12 '18 at 19:24

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