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"The Carrock" by Alan Lee
General Information
LocationIn the river Anduin, Rhovanion
DescriptionLarge rock with steps to the base
EventsT.A. 2941 - Thorin and Company reach the Carrock
GalleryImages of the Carrock

The Carrock was a stony eyot in the upper reaches of the River Anduin, to the north of the Old Ford.[1] The river looped around the rock although there was a ford of stones (probably the Ford of Carrock) to the eastern bank, while there was a swirling channel under its western cliff. At the base was a little cave with adjacent steps that led to a flat space upon the top.[2]


Anduin apparently had several such eyots, which Beorn called carrocks, but he referred to that particular one as "the Carrock" being closer to his home. Beorn built stairs reaching to its top, and sometimes would be seen climbing to the top in the form of a bear to look at the Moon or the Misty Mountains.[2]

In T.A. 2941,[3] Thorin and Company were placed on the summit by the Eagles. They bathed and rested at the cave.

According to Bilbo's account of his journey, Radagast the Brown's home, Rhosgobel, was near the Carrock.[2]


Like Chetwood, the name Carrock appears to be a compound of two words of the same meaning: Old English carr, Welsh carreg "rock, stone" + English rock.[4]

Other versions of the legendarium

J.R.R. Tolkien experimented with a number of names before he settled upon the Carrock — he first considered Sorneldin, then Sinrock, then Lamrock before making his final choice.[5]

Portrayal in adaptations

2012: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey:

After the Eagles take Thorin and Company to the Carrock, Thorin and Bilbo reconcile after Thorin's heavy resentment against Bilbo. Contrary to the books, Erebor is clearly visible from the rock.

2014: The Lord of the Rings Online:

The Carrock is located in the "Vales of Anduin" region, where one can access the Eagles' Eyrie via Great Eagle. A secret cave located in the base of The Carrock, can only be accessed by the kin of Beorn and Grimbeorn.

See also


Route of Thorin and Company
Bag End · Green Dragon · The Shire · Lone-lands · Last Bridge · Trollshaws · Trolls' cave · Rivendell · High Pass · Front Porch · Goblin-town · Goblin-gate · Eagle's Eyrie · Carrock · Beorn's Hall · Wilderland · Forest Gate · Elf-path · Mirkwood · Elvenking's Halls · Forest River · Lake-town · Long Lake · River Running · Desolation of the Dragon · Ravenhill · Back Door · Lonely Mountain · Great Hall of Thráin