A Conversation for The Phoenix
Somer, Muse of Aged Cheese Started conversation Oct 18, 2000
My sources say that the Roc was not a form of the Phoenix but a huge bird that fed its young by lifting an elephant high in the air and dropping it. One roc was described in "Arabian Knights". Sinbad(the sailor, not the comedian) tied himself to its leg with his turban and was flown to freedom from a deserted island.
To me, that sounds like a completly different bird than the Phoenix.
Jamie of the Portacabin Posted Oct 18, 2000
Possibly the word 'Roc' was used synonymously for both mythical birds. They do after all share one thing in common - they are both bizzarely improbable magical birds.
Or perhaps something has been misinterpreted somewhere along the historical line and both legends became intertwined.
Somer, Muse of Aged Cheese Posted Oct 24, 2000
shinigami_nataku Posted Apr 22, 2004
I also believed the Roc to be a different creature. In one of Sinbad's early voyages, he found a giant egg on a beach and his men cooked and ate it. This angered the mummy Roc who attacked the sailors. If only one Phoenix ever existed at any one time, this would mean that the Roc and the Phoenix were two different things.
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