A Canaith mandolin (ka-NAYTH[3]) was a masterwork magic mandolin and one of the Instruments of the Bards.[2][1]


Canaith mandolins were 8-string mandolins.[2] Like other Instruments of the Bards, they could only be used properly by bards, and could be dangerous if anyone else attempted to play or even carry them.[2][1]


Bards wielding a Canaith mandolin had their charming abilities greatly amplified by their magic.[1]

Like all Instruments of the Bards, these mandolins had the capability of storing spells. A bard playing a Canaith mandolin could invoke the spells Fly, Invisibility, Levitate, Protection from evil and good, Cure wounds, Dispel magic and Protection from lightning each once a day, until the instrument recharged its magic at the next dawn.[1]


The first Canaith mandolins were created by a legendary bard in the Moonshae Isles named Falataer. He used them to test and reward the students of the Canaith level of his bardic college,[2] which came to be regarded individually as a legendary bard college in its own right.[1]

Over time, other bards have copied the original design, while retaining the original name in Falataer's honor.[2]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford, Christopher Perkins, James Wyatt (2014). Dungeon Master's Guide 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 176. ISBN 978-0786965622.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Sean K. Reynolds, Duane Maxwell, Angel McCoy (August 2001). Magic of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 160–161. ISBN 0-7869-1964-7.
  3. Frank Mentzer (January 1985). “Ay pronunseeAYshun gyd”. In Kim Mohan ed. Dragon #93 (TSR, Inc.), p. 25.