"Roac: The Old Raven of Ravenhill" (detail),
oil on canvas , 24"X30", photo ref Pete Z. www.SusieGordonFineArt.com
the Hobbit J.R.R. Tolkien.
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".
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.
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".