Jan 28 2013, 10:45pm
Maybe they should have been more involved, but Tolkien made them a rescue force of last resort, like the cavalry riding over the hill when all seems lost. We speculate a lot on his reasoning (as Elizabeth pointed out, it's a hot topic for everyone http://newboards.theonering.net/...rum.cgi?post=536726;).
One perspective is that the Valar/gods don't get directly involved in fights anymore. That's what wizards are for. The eagles represent the Vala of the Air, Manwe, and he exercises a lot of self-restraint while waiting for wizards to inspire people to fight for themselves.
(This post was edited by dernwyn on Jan 29 2013, 12:24am)