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 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.
- Roäc does not explicitly appear. However, just prior to the final confrontation with the Elven Army assembled before the gates, a raven is seen flying away from the gate of Erebor, then just before Dáin's Army of Dwarves arrives, the raven is seen flying back to Thorin at the gate. This visually implies that Thorin sent a message with this raven, though it is not explained in dialogue, and the raven itself does not talk.
 See also
- ↑ 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 29 March 2015)
- ↑ 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