Sinbad the Sailor

Sinbad the Sailor (also known as Sinbad, from Arabic سندباد Sin - di -bad, of Persian سندباد Sand - baad ) is a narrative of the Oriental tale from the Arabian Nights, Scheherazade tells her king. In probably the oldest surviving Arabic manuscript of the collection of fairy tales from the 15th century, however, this story is not included. His name is Indo-Iranian -Persian origin and means " wind of Sindh " or " Lord of the Sindh ". With Sindh the Indus is meant existed on the long sea crossings to the Islamic countries.

The action takes place at the time of the Abbasid dynasty (especially the time of Harun al - Rashid ) and Sindbad lives in the port city of Basrah. The stories come from a variety of sources and are inspired by stories of Arab sailors. Go back with high probability to the 9th and 10th centuries.

The history

Prologue: In Baghdad, two men who live Sindbad the load carrier and Sinbad the Sailor. One day the poor Sinbad the load carrier comes to a rich merchant Sinbad the Sailor. This serves him and tells of his seven voyages.

1st trip: Sinbad ship anchored off an island. The merchants go ashore. Suddenly, the island sinks into the sea, since it has been traded on the Exchange at a big fish. Sindbad rescues on a board and gets to an island. There he met men who race horses breed by allowing mount a mare of a sea horse. Sinbad travels with them to King Mihrdjan. There he meets happy on his original ship and returns home.

2nd trip: Sindbad is forgotten on an island. He discovers an egg of the bird rock and binds his turban at the foot of the giant bird, as this has settled to breed. The bird bears Sindbad in a large valley full of snakes and diamonds. There toss merchants carcasses of the surrounding mountains down, the diamonds remain at the meat stick and then carried by eagles upward. So the merchants come to the precious stones. Sindbad rescues himself by a piece of meat binds to the chest. It is carried to the top and joins the merchants.

3rd trip: Sinbad's ship lands on the ape island. The monkeys steal from the ship. The merchants engage in a castle, where they meet a huge black with red eyes. The giant eats the captain and on the following days, two more men. Sinbad and the merchants build a raft and dazzle the sleeping giant with two skewers (see the story of Odysseus and the Cyclops Polyphemus ). The giant followed with two comrades the fugitives. Only Sinbad and two others escaped with the raft. You reach an island. A large snake eats the two remaining companions. Sindbad rescues himself by boards and other wood for the body binds, so can not eat him the snake. He is rescued by a ship than that proves that had forgotten him on his second voyage to the island.

4th trip: Sinbad ship capsizes in a storm. He is rinsed with a few comrades to the coast of an island. They meet on blacks, for their king fatten people ( a werewolf ). Sinbad escapes as the only by itself contains all food, so emaciated and become uninteresting for the blacks, can escape. He meets a group of pepper collectors and travels with them in their country. - Sinbad gives the king the knowledge of local saddle, bridle and stirrups, and is so regarded and rich. Sindbad married, but when his wife dies, he is the custom of the country, in accordance buried together with her in a cave alive. He discovered a second output, escapes and is picked up by a ship.

5 Travel: Sinbad ship lands on an island. Some merchants discover an egg of the bird rock, break it down and kill the boy. Soon the giant bird appears with his females. The merchants flee by boat, but the two birds smash it with boulders. Sindbad rescues to wreckage on the coast of an island. There he meets an old man who asks him to carry him to a certain extent. As Sinbad takes ( the sheikh of the sea) on the shoulders of the old man, this wraps her legs tightly around his neck, rising from nevermore. Sinbad manages to stun the old man with wine and kills him with a stone. - Taken from a ship, Sinbad reaches a city, and is left there again. The inhabitants of the city to spend the nights in boats on the sea, because at night monkeys bully the city. He joins coconut collectors on, so come to some profit, and finally travels with a ship home.

6 Travel: Sinbad ship capsizes off a mountain. He reached with some comrades the island. Gradually all die companions because they are hardly edible. Sindbad discovered a stream which flows under a rock. He builds a raft and its trust in the waters. Through a long cave Sinbad enters populated area. From there, he can go home.

7 Travel: Sinbad ship arrives the very end of the world, meets three huge fish and capsizes in the storm. Sindbad was able to escape to an island. He builds a boat and leaves the sea. The flow drives him close to the mountain, and then passed on a river under the mountain. On the other side there is a city. Sindbad is well received and can sell the wood of his boat at a high price. He married, trades and inherits his father. As Sindbad finds that the inhabitants grow at each new moon wings, he clings to one, and flies with this up high where he can hear the angels praising God. Sindbad exclaims: " Praise and Glory to God " Suddenly down fire from heaven, and escape from the winged ones; Sindbad is dropped on a mountain. There he met two hermits and saves a man from the jaws of a snake. Then Sindbad again encounters the winged city dwellers. You explain to him that he had almost fallen into ruin because he spoke the name of God. Together, they return to the city. There he warns his wife from further dealing with the residents because they were unbelieving genii. Sinbad takes his wife and returns home to Baghdad.


Often it is suggested that the stories go back around Sindbad on Indian or Persian predecessor, but there are other than the name of the hero of this little evidence. According to another theory, the stories come from reports of several sailors. Enno Littmann writes in the notes of his six -volume work, the adventures were mostly collected yarn from many periods and countries. Quote: ". There are sailor stories as they are probably told at all times in all ports of the world, sailors ' yarn, containing various truth and even more seal [ ... ] " Even stories from the Indian Panchatantra and the Odyssey of Homer are been incorporated. The oldest sources are Arabic. For example, portrays the history of al -Ya ʿ Qubi from the 9th century, the sea routes to India and the book Aja ib al'Hind ( wonders of India) of Buzurgh ibn Shariyar from the 10th century contains very similar stories

In the Omani city of Sohar is considered the birthplace of the legendary Sinbad.


Real Movies

Sinbad the Sailor

  • Original title: Sinbad the Sailor
  • Production date: 1947
  • Directed by: Richard Wallace
  • Starring: Douglas Fairbanks, Maureen O'Hara, Anthony Quinn, Walter Slezak, George Tobias, Jane Greer, Mike Mazurki, Sheldon Leonard
  • Sinbad the Sailor at the Internet Movie Database (English)

Sindbad's seventh trip

  • Original title: The 7th Voyage of Sinbad
  • Production date: 1958
  • Directed by: Nathan Juran
  • The 7th Voyage of Sinbad at the Internet Movie Database (English)

Captain Sindbad

  • Original Title: Captain Sindbad
  • Production date: 1963
  • Directed by: Byron Haskin
  • Starring: Guy Williams, Heidi Bruhl, Pedro Armendariz, Abraham Sofaer, Walter Barnes
  • Captain Sinbad at the Internet Movie Database (English)


  • Original title: Szindbád
  • Production date: 1971
  • Directed by: Zoltán Huszárik
  • Starring: Zoltán Latinovits, Éva Ruttkai
  • Sinbad at the Internet Movie Database (English)

Sinbad and the Caliph of Baghdad

  • Alternative title: Simbad e il Califfo di Baghdad
  • Production date: 1973
  • Director: Pietro Francisci
  • Starring: Sonia Wilson, Gigi Bonos, Leo Valeriano, Spartaco Conversi, Arturo Dominici, Franco Fantasia, Eugene Walter, Paul Oxon, Robert Malcolm
  • Simbad e il Califfo di Bagdad at the Internet Movie Database (English)

Sinbad dangerous adventures

Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger

Sindbad - the Seven Seas

  • Original title: Sinbad of the Seven Seas
  • Production date: 1989
  • Director: Enzo G. Castellari
  • Starring: Lou Ferrigno, John Steiner, Roland Wybenga, Ennio Girolami
  • Sinbad of the Seven Seas at the Internet Movie Database (English)

Sinbad - The Battle of the Black Knights

  • Production date: 1998
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Sinbad Adventure

  • Production date: 2010
  • Sinbad's Adventure at the Internet Movie Database (English)

Sinbad and the Minotaur

  • Production date: 2011
  • Sinbad and the Minotaur at the Internet Movie Database (English)

TV series

Sinbad Adventure

  • Original title: The Adventures of Sinbad
  • Production date: 1996-1998
  • Parts: 44
  • Starring: Zen Gesner, Tim Progosh, Jacqueline Collen, George Buza, Oris Erhuero, Mariah Shirley
  • The Adventures of Sinbad at the Internet Movie Database (English)


  • Original title: Sinbad
  • Production date: since 2012
  • Parts: 12
  • Starring: Elliot Knight, Marama Corlett, Elliot Cowan, Estella Daniels, Junix Inocian, Dimitri Leonidas, Tuppence Middleton
  • Sinbad at the Internet Movie Database (English)


Sinbad - Legend of the Seven Seas

  • Original Title: Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas
  • Production date: 2003
  • First published: movie
  • Sinbad - Legend of the Seven Seas at the Internet Movie Database (English)

Sindbad ( Nippon Animation, aired on ZDF )

  • Original title: Arabian Night Sinbad no Boken (Japaneseアラビア ン ナイト シンドバット の 冒険Arabian Naito Shindobatto no Boken )
  • Production date: 1975-1976
  • Parts: 42
  • Original Air Date on Japanese TV: October 1, 1975, Fuji TV
  • Original Air Date on German television: September 21, 1978 at ZDF
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Radio plays

There are several radio play versions of various recording studios and production companies such as OK, Europe, Fontana, literature and Maritim.