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A qanun (qah-NOON) was a Zakharan stringed instrument similar to the zither found elsewhere on al-Toril.[1]


A qanun was a trapezoidal box consisting of 24-36 courses. Each course encompassed 3 wound strings made from gut. The strings on an extremely valuable qanun could be made from enchanted silk. A set of hooked rings were used to entice sound from the strings.[1]


The qanun was a larger instrument but remained fairly portable. It was a common site among the bazaars and suqs of the Land of Fate.[1]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Jeff Grubb (February 1993). “Sounds of Wonder & Delight”. In Roger E. Moore ed. Dragon #190 (TSR, Inc.), pp. 84–88.

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