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7 The Shorter Farāmarznāme

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The shorter Farāmarznāme tells how, at the request of a vassal king, Farāmarz restores the peace in India. Evidence within the poem indicates that the story of Farāmarz's campaign in India was based on a story narrated by Āzādsarw. His poem, for instance, contains some notable resemblances to certain aspects of Ferdowsi's Shāhnāme. This appears in the poet's complaints about his old age in the beginning of the poem and the episode in which Farāmarz fights against the dragon, as well as in its presentation of riddles or its more general use of andarz. By including the theme of andarz, especially in the episodes relating to a prince's testament and Farāmarz's conversation with a Brahman, the Farāmarznāme manifests resemblances to different stories about Eskandar and to Asadi's Garshāspnāme. The poem further seems to have originally included an episode about Farāmarz's dealings with Cheypāl.

Keywords: Farāmarznāme; Āzādsarw; andarz; Cheypāl; Farāmarz's campaign; Garshāspnāme



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