Roäc, son of Carc, was the chief of the ravens that lived on 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 II Ironfoot in preparation for the troubles that followed.
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien; Douglas A. Anderson, (ed.), (2002) The Annotated Hobbit: Revised and Expanded Edition, p. 316