Say it aloud!  This name is a sound-play word – hinting that the Raven language is still spoken all around us and we have lost the wit to understand.

Tolkien writes in his Essay on Phonetic Symbolism about the origin of this name – and of his father’s

rook is no longer krāg or krāk or χrk from which it took its use.

  • 15.010 old Carc
  • 15.014 I am Roäc son of Carc.
  • 15.014 Carc is dead,
  • 15.021 Roäc Carc’s son.

Tolkien, J. R. R.. A Secret Vice: Tolkien on Invented Languages (Kindle Locations 1954-1955). HarperCollins Publishers. Kindle Edition.

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