A dulcimer was a stringed instrument known in the Realms.[3] The Zakharan version was known as a santur.[4]


The dulcimer had strings stretched over a sounding board, which was typically trapezoidal in shape. The strings would be plucked or struck with a hammer. The santur was similar in appearance to the qanun.[4]

They were also popular instruments in Damara, where they provided hearthside entertainment.[1]

A dulcimer typically cost 25 gp and weighed 10 lb (4.5 kg).[5][2] Dulcimers produced by Damaran craftsmen were available for purchase through Aurora's Whole Realms Catalogue.[1]



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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Jeff Grubb, Julia Martin, Steven E. Schend et al (1992). Aurora's Whole Realms Catalogue. (TSR, Inc), p. 21. ISBN 0-5607-6327-2.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford (2014). Player's Handbook 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 154. ISBN 978-0-7869-6560-1.
  3. Ed Greenwood (July 1987). “Music of the Forgotten Realms”. In Roger E. Moore ed. Dragon #123 (TSR, Inc.), p. 13.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Jeff Grubb (February 1993). “Sounds of Wonder & Delight”. In Roger E. Moore ed. Dragon #190 (TSR, Inc.), p. 84.
  5. Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford (June 2015). D&D Basic Rules, Player's Basic Rules Version 0.3. TRPG Resources. Wizards of the Coast. p. 51. Retrieved on 2015-06-27.