May 23, 2018

The Seven Labors of Rostam

According to the original epic lore in Ferdowsi's Shahnameh, Rostam must face seven labors in order to save the king and his men. In this post, I intend to give you a brief introduction to first four labors.

  1. Sheer: The King of the Beasts: Sheer is essentially a werelion (half human, half lion) and he takes his enemies out by raw power and force. He is incredibly powerful.

  2. The Intolerable Heat of the Desert: Rostam must pass through a hellish desert which can boil the blood in your vein. This is more of a spiritual labor but yet it is as deadly as the other labors.

  3. Azhdahaa: The Red Dragon: Azhdahaa is a huge fire-breathing horned dragon. He does not possess wings but he is extremely wily. He can smash his enemies with his tail, rend them with his claws, melt them with his fire or swallow them in a snap of a finger.

  4. Woman of Jadoo: The Witch: She is the most enigmatic witch among all the witches of the world. There is insufficient information about her but Woman of Jadoo is known for her tricks and misleading plans.