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6 Texts of the Farāmarznāme

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This chapter shows that how the different versions of the Farāmarznāme have been presented both in relation to other later epics and to the Shāhnāme itself, in order to shed light on how the epic has been treated in the manuscript tradition. It surveys seven different versions of the shorter Farāmarznāme and another seven of the longer Farāmarznāme have been, a total of fourteen texts. The shorter Farāmarznāme tells the story of Farāmarz leading an army to India, in order to help King Nowshād fight against five enemies, which consist of a demon, a talking wolf, a dragon, a herd of rhinoceroses, and a rebellious king called Keyd. In the longer Farāmarznāme, Farāmarz first fights against three rebellious kings on the Indian mainland and then sails around the western islands and travels to the lands of the East.

Keywords: Farāmarznāme; Shāhnāme; Nowshād



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