When I read LotR I totally pictured Gimli as hot. So there.
Tolkien never canonically stated that the Dwarves weren’t hot.
He did canonically state that elves were quite butch, but everyone ignored that one entirely. ;o
(Some better Tolkien fan than I can probably pull the exact wording of the quote where he talks about how he described his elves as manly but everyone’s of quite another mind.)
(Meanwhile, when I read LotR, I accepted Legolas/Gimli as clearly canon.)
Wait wait wait… Elves were supposed to be BUTCH??
edit: since this convo was originally about drawves, have a younger lookin gimli.
o god i love butchelf and handsomedwarf