Bruenor Battlehammer gave the throne to his cousin. Connerad Brawnanvil gave it to his general. What is the official way for dwarves kings to give their throne? There isn't one.
Or rather, so many different things have happened, down the years, that no succession is firm.
Key for dwarves: a king's eldest child can't succeed without clan support, so a dolt or bully or just unpopular offspring isn't guaranteed a crown.#Realmslore
— Ed Greenwood (@TheEdVerse) January 29, 2020
Thanks. That’s what I guessed to plan my campaign. If a king would die without child and without naming his successor, next king would be “kind of elected”? Kind of elected is a good way to put it. No voting, USUALLY, but consensus of clan members due to popular/majority support (and support of key elders) of one potential successor over another. Some clans have in the past split over successions.#Realmslore
— Ed Greenwood (@TheEdVerse) January 30, 2020