Shahnameh, Rostam is the champion of champions and is involved in
numerous stories, constituting some of the most popular (and arguably some
of most masterfully created) parts of the Shahnameh. As a young child, he
slays the maddened white
of the king Manuchehr with just one blow of the
mace owned by
his grand father Sam, son of Nariman. He then tames his legendary stallion,
Haft Khan-e Rostam (Rostam's Seven Labours)
He passes through a hero's journey to save his sovereign, Key Kavus who
is captured by the demons (Divs) of Mazandaran. This journey is called "Rostam's
Seven Labours" (Persian: Haft Khan-e Rostam):
slays the Lion of Neyestan, defending Rostam while he is sleeping.
- Rostam and Rakhsh cross the Desert.
- Slaying of the Dragon.
- Rostam foils the plot of the Witch, slaying her.
- Rostam punishes the Horse Master of Mazani hero, Olad. The Horse
Master calls on his Lord, Olad. Olad then combats Rostam to avenge the
humiliation of his Horse Master. Rostam captures Olad, sparing his life
on the condition of Olad helping hoim to track down the "Div-e
Sepid" (White Demon), the chieftain of Divs.
- Rostam battles Div-e Sepid's castellan, Arjhang-e Div, slaying the
demon. He recovers the key to the stronghold of the White Demon.
- Rostam battles the Div-e Sepid in an epic battle, slays him, and
frees Key Kavus. He then installs Olad as the king of Mazandaran.
By far, the most famous and popular story of Rostam in the
Shahnameh is the one in which he kills his own son
while the two are unaware of the identity of their opponent until after
Rostam wounds his son and during their final conversation the two realize
they were father and son.
Another of Rostæm's most famous exploits was his struggle against the
dēw (modern Persian div "demon") named
had initially transmogriphied as a beautiful
ravaging the horse-herds of Persia. When the king was informed of this
on-going problem, he realizes that it is not just a zebra and it has to be
disguise to damage Iran-Shahr (Aryan Land). After thinking long about who
he wants to assign to this task, the king finally decides that nobody
other than Rostam can handle this. So he commissions Rostam to take care
of this problem. Various parts of this exploit are the subject of many
beautiful illustrations. The story is fully allegorical but at the same
time quite entertaining on the face value.
There are some interesting similarities between the legends of Rostam
and those pertaining to the great
Cúchulainn. They both defeat a forecious beast as a very young man,
slay their sons in combat, are virtually invincible in combat, and are
murdered by treachery while killing their murderer on their last breath.
Two Iranian heros, Rostam and
Labours stories with
The comic adaptation of the tales of Rostam (in English) was created by
Hyperwerks Comics and took 5 years to complete.