By the Barony of Cynnabar on 2019-08-07
Everybody agrees that there is no one on earth in whom
generosity is as universally well developed as Haroun ibn-
Ditir ibn-Ullr. This man has a natural talent for dancing to
the rhythm of the tambourine. There is no better singer
anywhere in the world, no person more polished and
eloquent, and no one less given to insulting language. No
other man can surpass him in bodily strength and physical
toughness. He is courageous, energetic, and generous,
which are the virtues of nobility, and also good-tempered
and with little propensity to evil. He is always cheerful,
smiling, and devoid of malice, which is a sign of noble
On account of these and other virtues do We, Ermenrich
and Kasha, Baron and Baroness of Cynnabar, wish to
make it known to all that he counts himself among Our
people. Thus We grant to him Our Award of the Elephants
Heart. Let none countermand Our words.
Adapted from Abū ʿUthman ʿAmr ibn Baḥr al-Kinānī al-Baṣrī, called al-Jāḥiẓ (776-868),
“On the Zanj” from The Essays (c. 860). Translated by J. S. Arkenberg.
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