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Roc - Mythical Creatures GuideA roc or rukh (from Persian رخ rokh, asserted by Louis Charles Casartelli to be an abbreviated form of Persian(simurgh) is an enormous legendary bird of prey, often white, reputed to have been able to carry off and eat elephants. Although, many aspiring scholars and teachers have proven this thought wrong; these birds are no larger than the ancient pterodactyl, which was about two times as large as the common bald eagle.

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The roc had its origins, according to Rudolph Wittkower, in the fight between the Indian solar bird Garuda and the chthonic serpent Nāga, a word that A. de Gubernatis asserted signified 'elephant' as well as 'snake' The mytheme of Garuda carrying off an elephant that was battling a tortoise appears in two Sanskrit epics, the Mahabharata (I.1353) and the Ramayana (III.39). The roc appears in Arabic geographies and natural history, popularized in Arabian fairy tales and sailors' folklore. Ibn Battuta (iv. 305ff) tells of a mountain hovering in air over the China Seas, which was the roc.

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Anonymous mythical bird 1 Mar 26 2013, 11:48 AM EDT by Anonymous
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Do you know any mythical bird stories?
Any about the mythical bird Roc?
If so tell me!
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mystical_bite ????? 0 Nov 19 2011, 2:56 PM EST by mystical_bite
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Is there an associated worm-like creature with this bird of prey? If so, please reply to me.
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Anonymous Literary Reference 0 May 23 2011, 12:20 PM EDT by Anonymous
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In the book Dragon Rider (2004) by Cornelia Funke, there's a chapter where the main character is captured by a Roc bird. Any other references to rocs in modern literature?
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