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Roc

by Micha F. Lindemans
In Arabian legends, the Roc are gigantic birds, often referred to as 'the Great', and capable of carrying off elephants for food. They are found in various stories of 'The Thousand and One Nights', and are also mentioned to by Marco Polo on his travels. Their eggs, according to Sinbad the Sailor, could measure up to 50 paces in circumference.

The Rocs are probably based on the Elephant-bird, which lived on Madagascar.


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    Rukh

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