The Highland Lute

The Highland Lute (Albanian: Lahuta e Malcis) is the Albanian national epic poem, complete and published by the Albanian friar and poet Gjergj Fishta in 1937. It is written in the Gheg Albanian language, with 30 songs and over 17,000 verses, and is called by many scholars the Iliad of Albania.[1]

An English translation The Highland Lute was produced in 2005, by the Canadian scholars of Albanian literature Robert Elsie and Janice Mathie-Heck, ISBN 978-1845111182.


  1. Robert Elsie (2005). Albanian Literature: A Short History. I.B.Tauris. p. 236. ISBN 978-1-84511-031-4. Retrieved 29 May 2012.
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