Sohrab and Rustum... a Persian (Iran) Literature
This is the summary of the story Sohrab and Rustum by Firdausi with illustrations to make the viewers be more interested on the presentation.
The presentation began with a song entitled Tears in Heaven because the life of the author of the song is related to the story Sohrab and Rustum. This connection is about the relationship of father and son.
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Here's the beginning of the story:
The people of the province of Seistan rejoiced the birth of Rustum, the son of Zal, because when he came into the world, he was as strong as a one-year old child.
While he was yet a small boy, his father called him and said “My son, thou are now strong as an elephant and fit for all the hardships of war, though thy lips still breathe the scent of milk and thy heart turns towards boyish games and gladness. Can I thee to the war to cope with heroes?”
“I have no wish or pleasure or a life of ease,” answered Rustum. “Give me a horse and the club of Sahm, my grandfather, and I will go forth against the enemies of my country.”
Zal gave him the famous club of Sahm and told him to choose one from all the horses in his possession. As each horse passed, Rustum laid his strong hand on its back to test its power of bearing weight. But each horse sank under his powerful touch and fell to the ground. At last, he saw a strong young mare followed by a colt. He prepared his noose to take a colt (Rakush or the Lightning was its name), in spite of the warning that the mare had already killed several man who had tried to seize the young horse. With a sudden cast of the noose he held the colt fast, but the furious mare attacked him with teeth and forefeet, biting and striking in her attempt to crush his head.
Then Rustum gave his famous battle cry, half stunning the creature with his frightful sound, and striking her on the neck with his clenched first, he smote her to the ground. But Rakush proved no easy captive, and it was long before, Rustum had tamed him and could say, “now am I prepared with a horse after my own heawrt to join the field of warriors.”
One day Rustum was an honored guest at the king’s palace in a far away city. Here he saw the king’s daughter, Tamineh, whom he loved for her beauty and wisdom. So they were married, for the king was glad to make an alliance with Rustum. The people rejoiced to hear the news.