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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

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 to the eastern bank. At the base was a little cave with adjacent steps that led to a flat space upon the top.[2]

[edit] History

The stairs had been built by Beorn who 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]

[edit] Etymology

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]

[edit] 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]

[edit] Portrayal in Adaptions

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.

[edit] See also


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Map of Wilderland"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Queer Lodgings"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
  4. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 207
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, John D. Rateliff (ed.), The History of The Hobbit, Mr. Baggins, The Second Phase, "Medwed", note 12, p. 246
Route of Thorin and Company
Bag End · Green Dragon · The Shire · Lone-lands · Last Bridge · Trollshaws · Troll's 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