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A lute was a stringed instrument with a neck and a wooden soundboard which was often oval or shaped as a teardrop. Lutes were often used by bards of the Realms.[1][3]


Lutes typically had a round back, so they rested easily on the player's stomach. They were also popular instruments to be played in courts and were known to be played as far north as Sundabar.[2]

Several types of double-stringed lutes built by Calishite craftsmen were available for purchase through Aurora's Whole Realms Catalogue.[2]

Notable lutesEdit

Doss lute 
One of the seven Instruments of the Bards. Superior magical lutes, capable of channeling spells when played.[4]


See AlsoEdit


External LinksEdit

Lute article at Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford (2014). Player's Handbook 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 52,154. ISBN 978-0-7869-6560-1.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Jeff Grubb, Julia Martin, Steven E. Schend et al (1992). Aurora's Whole Realms Catalogue. (TSR, Inc), p. 21. ISBN 0-5607-6327-2.
  3. Kim Mohan ed. (2015). Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 124. ISBN 978-0786965809.
  4. Wizards RPG Team (2014). Dungeon Master's Guide 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 176. ISBN 978-0786965622.

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