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Sohrab fights Gordafarid
Gordafarid in the Shahnameh of Shah Tahmasp

Gordāfarīd[1] (Persian: گردآفريد‎) is one of the heroines in the Shāhnāmeh "The Book of Kings" or "The Epic of Kings", an enormous poetic opus written by the Persian poet Hakīm Abū l-Qāsim Firdawsī Tūsī around 1000 AD. She was a champion who fought against Sohrab (another Iranian hero who was the commander of the Turanian army) and delayed the Turanian troops who were marching on Persia. She is a symbol of courage and wisdom for Iranian women.


  1. ^ Khaleghi-Motlagh, Djalal. "GORDĀFARID". Encyclopædia Iranica. Retrieved 27 February 2016.
  2. ^ Yar-shater, Ehsan (1998). The Lion and the Throne: Stories from the Shahnameh of Ferdowsi. Korea: Mage Publishers (published 1997). p. 214. ISBN 0-934211-50-7.
  • Abolqasem Ferdowsi, Dick Davis trans. (2006), Shahnameh: The Persian Book of Kings ISBN 0-670-03485-1, modern English translation (abridged), current standard. See also
  • Levy, Reuben (translator), The Epic of the Kings: Shah-Nama, the National Epic of Persia, (Mazda Publications, 1996) (abridged prose version)
  • Warner, Arthur and Edmond Warner, (translators) The Shahnama of Firdausi, 9 vols. (London: Keegan Paul, 1905–1925) (complete English verse translation)
  • Shirzad Aghaee, Nam-e kasan va ja'i-ha dar Shahnama-ye Ferdousi(Personalities and Places in the Shahnama of Ferdousi, Nyköping, Sweden, 1993. (ISBN 91-630-1959-0)