Wonderful start, with both humor and dissension among the Dwarves. Sharp-eyed, sharp-witted Nordri! *g* But all your Dwarves are just so delightful. (But don't tell them that - I doubt they'd be flattered by such a description.)
And of course I dearly loved: "Dúnedain are hardier than other Men," Thyrnir allowed, "but no match for a Dwarf. I will see your florin." I have to admit, those results felt good, even if Dírmaen was just barely hanging on at table and I like Thyrnir very much.
The exchanges between Men and Dwarves are so well done. Loved her eyes were shrewd as her aunt's, though must echo mffantasia and Elrûn's thoughts about Dírmaen capturing the suspicions of Dwarves - even Veylin's sister now!
Your dinner descriptions leave me famished with each reread. Wow. Love the bits in the author's notes.
And while on that topic, I adore your theory about why Dwarves find the Sea so disturbing - infrasonic hearing indeed! Fantastic conjecturing and absolutely believable! Well done.
And thank you for answering my question earlier, ill-phrased as it was - I was indeed asking about the Elves.