A shawm[4] or shaum[1] was a double-reed instrument similar to an oboe.[1] It was available for purchase through Aurora's Whole Realms Catalogue.[3]


Its sound was loud, shrill and buzzing.[4] If played well, the sound of a shawm was clear and melancholic, reminiscent of migrating geese.[3]

Shawms were common among gnomes of Faerûn,[1] who had developed versions of shawms powered by bellows.[5] They were also used in Zakhara.[4]



External LinksEdit

Shawm article at Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 22. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  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. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Jeff Grubb, Julia Martin, Steven E. Schend et al (1992). Aurora's Whole Realms Catalogue. (TSR, Inc), p. 25. ISBN 0-5607-6327-2.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Lisa Smedman (February 1994). “Magic to a Different Beat”. In Kim Mohan ed. Dragon #202 (TSR, Inc.), pp. 10–14.
  5. Kim Mohan ed. (2015). Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 124. ISBN 978-0786965809.