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Dates
Born III 2788; survived until at least III 2941
Location
Ravenhill, an outlying hill of Erebor the Lonely Mountain
Species
Pronunciation
ro'-ak
Meaning
Unknown1
Titles
Chief of the great ravens of the Mountain

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Roäc

The old raven of Ravenhill

Carc
Roäc

The chief of the ravens of Ravenhill near Erebor, a descendant of those that had remained on the hill even after Smaug had driven out their old allies, the Dwarves. Roäc was a very ancient bird indeed: his father Carc had seen Smaug descend on the mountain, and Roäc was no less than one hundred and fifty-three years old ('out of the egg', as he put it) when he met Thorin and Bilbo on the Quest of Erebor. It was Roäc who told the adventurers that Smaug was dead, and who arranged for messages to be passed between Thorin and Dáin Ironfoot in preparation for the troubles that followed.


Notes

1

Roäc's name, and that of his father Carc, seem to have been designed to recall the croaking sounds made by real ravens. That is by no means to suggest that they had no meaning (they quite possibly they did in the ravens' own language) but we have no hint as to what that meaning might have been.

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Carc

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