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[[File:John Howe - Thorin and Roac.jpg|thumb|Sketch of Roäc and Thorin by [[John Howe]]]]
 
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'''Roäc''' was the chief of the [[ravens]] of [[Ravenhill]] near [[Lonely Mountain|Erebor]].<ref name=H15>{{H|15}}</ref>
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'''Roäc''' (b. {{TA|2788}}<ref name=H15/><ref group=note>When [[Thorin and Company]] met Roäc he told them that it was "a hundred years and three and fifty since I came out of the egg". Subtracting 153 from {{TA|2941|n}} yields 2788</ref>) was the chief of the [[ravens]] of [[Ravenhill]] near [[Lonely Mountain|Erebor]].<ref name=H15>{{H|15}}</ref>
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==History==
 
==History==
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Roäc was the son of [[Carc]], and as such "''a descendant of those'' [ravens] ''that had remained on the hill even after Smaug had driven out their old allies, the [[Dwarves]]"''.<ref>{{webcite|author=Mark Fisher|articleurl=http://www.glyphweb.com/ARDA/r/roac.html|articlename=Roäc: The old raven of Ravenhill|dated=|website=EoA}}</ref>
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While [[Thorin and Company]] and [[Bilbo Baggins]] were keeping watch on Erebor, an old [[thrushes|thrush]] summoned Roäc. When he met Thorin and Company in [[Third Age]] {{TA|2941|n}}, Roäc was marked by age, being 153 years old.<ref name=H15/>
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Being able to speak [[Westron]], the raven delivered the news that [[Smaug]] had been killed. Roäc agreed to bring a message to [[Dáin Ironfoot|Dáin II Ironfoot]] from Thorin, a call for help in guarding the treasures of Erebor in the wake of war.<ref name=H15/> However, Roäc also gave a piece of advice to Thorin, warning him that "''the treasure is likely to be your death''".<ref name=H16>{{H|16}}</ref>
  
While [[Thorin and Company]] and [[Bilbo Baggins]] were keeping watch on Erebor, an old [[thrushes|thrush]] summoned Roäc. Being able to speak [[Westron]], the raven delivered the news that [[Smaug]] had been killed. Roäc agreed to bring a message to [[Dáin Ironfoot|Dáin II Ironfoot]] from [[Thorin|Thorin]], a call for help in guarding the treasures of Erebor in the wake of war.<ref name=H15/> However, Roäc also gave a piece of advice to Thorin, warning him that "''the treasure is likely to be your death''".<ref name=H16>{{H|16}}</ref>
 
  
Roäc was the son of [[Carc]], and as such "''a descendant of those'' [ravens] ''that had remained on the hill even after Smaug had driven out their old allies, the [[Dwarves]]"''.<ref>Mark Fisher, "[http://www.glyphweb.com/ARDA/r/roac.html Roäc: The old raven of Ravenhill]" at [[Encyclopedia of Arda]] (accessed 4 December 2010)</ref> When he met Thorin and Company in [[Third Age]] {{TA|2941|n}}, Roäc was marked by age, being one hundred and fifty-three years old.<ref name=H15/> He was thus apparently born in {{TA|2788|n}}.<!-- no reference for this claim, just counting (User:Morgan) -->
 
  
 
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[[File:Mark Poole - Roäc the Raven.jpg|thumb|150px|''Roäc the Raven'' by [[Mark Poole]]]]
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|File:Mark Poole - Roäc the Raven.jpg|''Roäc the Raven'' in [[Middle-earth Collectible Card Game|MECCG]]
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'''1968: [[The Hobbit (1968 radio series)|''The Hobbit'' (1968 radio series)]]:'''
 
:Roäc comes to the Dwarves after Smaug's death. He is voiced by [[John Wyse]].
 
:Roäc comes to the Dwarves after Smaug's death. He is voiced by [[John Wyse]].
  
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'''1979: [[The Hobbit (1979 radio series)|''The Hobbit'' (1979 radio series)]]:'''
 
:"Rwaak son of Kwaak" informs the Dwarves of Smaugs demise. He is voiced by an uncredited [[Pat Franklyn]].
 
:"Rwaak son of Kwaak" informs the Dwarves of Smaugs demise. He is voiced by an uncredited [[Pat Franklyn]].
  
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==See also==
 
==See also==
 
*[[:Category:Images of Roäc|Images of Roäc]]
 
*[[:Category:Images of Roäc|Images of Roäc]]
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Latest revision as of 22:15, 23 May 2014

Sketch of Roäc and Thorin by John Howe

Roäc (b. T.A. 2788[1][note 1]) was the chief of the ravens of Ravenhill near Erebor.[1]

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[edit] History

Roäc was the son of Carc, and as such "a descendant of those [ravens] that had remained on the hill even after Smaug had driven out their old allies, the Dwarves".[2]

While Thorin and Company and Bilbo Baggins were keeping watch on Erebor, an old thrush summoned Roäc. When he met Thorin and Company in Third Age 2941, Roäc was marked by age, being 153 years old.[1]

Being able to speak Westron, the raven delivered the news that Smaug had been killed. Roäc agreed to bring a message to Dáin II Ironfoot from Thorin, a call for help in guarding the treasures of Erebor in the wake of war.[1] However, Roäc also gave a piece of advice to Thorin, warning him that "the treasure is likely to be your death".[3]


[edit] Etymology

Roäc is likely an onomatopoeic name.[4]

[edit] Inspiration

In Celtic mythology, ravens are often associated with warfare and the battleground (especially in Irish mythology). In Welsh mythology, ravens figure as the army of King Arthur's knight Owain.[5] See also: Ravens: Inspiration

In The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún, a raven and a finch speak five of the verses,[6] reminiscent of Roäc and the old thrush.

[edit] Portrayal in adaptations

Roäc in adaptations
Roäc the Raven in MECCG  

1968: The Hobbit (1968 radio series):

Roäc comes to the Dwarves after Smaug's death. He is voiced by John Wyse.

1979: The Hobbit (1979 radio series):

"Rwaak son of Kwaak" informs the Dwarves of Smaugs demise. He is voiced by an uncredited Pat Franklyn.

1982-97: Middle-earth Role Playing:

Roäc, a level 6 Raven, is given game statistics and a short description.[7]

1995-8: Middle-earth Collectible Card Game:

"Roäc the Raven" is a Diplomat Ally, playable at any site in Northern Rhovanion.

[edit] See also

Notes

  1. When Thorin and Company met Roäc he told them that it was "a hundred years and three and fifty since I came out of the egg". Subtracting 153 from 2941 yields 2788

[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "The Gathering of the Clouds"
  2. Mark Fisher, "Roäc: The old raven of Ravenhill" , Encyclopedia of Arda (accessed 17 September 2014)
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "A Thief in the Night"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien; Douglas A. Anderson, (ed.), (2002) The Annotated Hobbit: Revised and Expanded Edition, p. 316
  5. Raven in mythology: Celtic mythology at Wikipedia (accessed 4 December 2010)
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún, pp. 116-117, 214-215
  7. Ruth Sochard Pitt, Jeff O'Hare, Peter C. Fenlon, Jr. (1994), Creatures of Middle-earth (2nd edition) (#2012), pp. 26, 138