While Thorin and Company and Bilbo Baggins were keeping watch on Erebor, an old 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 II Ironfoot from Thorin, a call for help in guarding the treasures of Erebor in the wake of war. However, Roäc also gave a piece of advice to Thorin, warning him that "the treasure is likely to be your death".
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. See also: Ravens: Inspiration
Portrayal in adaptations
- Roäc comes to the Dwarves after Smaug's death. He is voiced by John Wyse.
- "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.
1995-8: Middle-earth Collectible Card Game:
- "Roäc the Raven" is a Diplomat Ally, playable at any site in Northern Rhovanion.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "The Gathering of the Clouds"
- ↑ Mark Fisher, "Roäc: The old raven of Ravenhill", Encyclopedia of Arda (accessed 25 August 2016)
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "A Thief in the Night"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien; Douglas A. Anderson, (ed.), (2002) The Annotated Hobbit: Revised and Expanded Edition, p. 316
- ↑ Raven in mythology: Celtic mythology at Wikipedia (accessed 4 December 2010)
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún, pp. 116-117, 214-215
- ↑ Ruth Sochard Pitt, Jeff O'Hare, Peter C. Fenlon, Jr. (1994), Creatures of Middle-earth (2nd edition) (#2012), pp. 26, 138