A lute was a stringed instrument with a neck and a wooden soundboard, which was often ovoid or shaped as a teardrop. Lutes were often used by bards of the Realms.[1][5]

Description[edit | edit source]

Lutes typically had a round back, so they rested easily on the player's stomach. Doubled strings could be used to emit a fuller sound, and these were easily tuned by pegs.[2]

Availability[edit | edit source]

Several types of doubled-string lutes built by craftsmen in Calimshan were available for purchase through Aurora's Whole Realms Catalogue.[2]

Halambar Lutes & Harps in Waterdeep was a well-known musical instrument shop that sold lutes. Kriios Halambar's lutes produced a distinctive mellow sound recognized all along the Sword Coast.[6]

Notable Lutes[edit | edit source]

A tortle happily playing a lute.

Notable Users[edit | edit source]

Groups[edit | edit source]

  • Lutes were popular instruments for minstrels playing in royal courts and were known to be played as far north as Sundabar.[2]

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Video Games
Warriors of Waterdeep

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References[edit | edit source]

  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 2.4 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. Robert A. Nelson (January 1987). “Dungeoneer's Shopping Guide”. In Roger E. Moore ed. Dragon #117 (TSR, Inc.), p. 22.
  4. Jeremy Crawford, Mike Mearls, James Wyatt (March 2009). Player's Handbook 2. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 197. ISBN 0-7869-5016-4.
  5. Kim Mohan ed. (2015). Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 124. ISBN 978-0786965809.
  6. Ed Greenwood (January 1993). Volo's Guide to Waterdeep. (TSR, Inc.), pp. 16–17. ISBN 1-56076-335-3.
  7. Ludia (May 2019). Designed by Stephen David Wark, et al. Warriors of Waterdeep. Ludia.
  8. Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford, Christopher Perkins, James Wyatt (2014). Dungeon Master's Guide 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 176. ISBN 978-0786965622.
  9. Tim Beach (July 1990). “The New Rogues Gallery: Adagio Jones and The Goodwinds”. In Jean Rabe ed. Polyhedron #54 (TSR, Inc.), pp. 8–9.
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