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An old question


Dec 13 2012, 4:13pm

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An old question [In reply to] Can't Post

It's one of those cases where things that worked well in the Hobbit because of its light hearted nature, didn't work too well in the LoTR.

The eagles could never wear the ring, but could probably carry it all the way to Mordor. They probably greatly outnumbered the Nazgul flying beasts and if they were recruited from early on, there's nothing Sauron could have done to prevent the ring from being dropped in Mount Doom, short of breeding new dragons, which he likely couldn't.

Tolkien used them sparingly like a deus ex-machina and that probably answers why they never got too involved: Because that would be terrible storytelling.
Amazing as they are, their inclusion does open room for questions which Tolkien, apparently, never felt the need to elaborate.

The closest lore friendly explanation would be: They're not beasts of burden and they can't carry anyone for too great a distance. It's considered a great honor to ride one, and the dwarves' business is not their own. Radagast is their friend, and they would come to Gandalf's aid, above all else, but not to his service.

Subject User Time
Why don't the Eagles just fly them to Erebor haarp Send a private message to haarp Dec 13 2012, 2:32pm
    Eagles aren't a taxi service chris10112 Send a private message to chris10112 Dec 13 2012, 2:37pm
    In the book, Aragalen the Green Send a private message to Aragalen the Green Dec 13 2012, 2:38pm
    Oh no. Not this again. Joe20 Send a private message to Joe20 Dec 13 2012, 2:39pm
        This is why... Eye's on Guard Send a private message to Eye's on Guard Dec 13 2012, 3:31pm
            An old question RalphDamiani Send a private message to RalphDamiani Dec 13 2012, 4:13pm
            completely agree with you Wordofmask Send a private message to Wordofmask Dec 13 2012, 4:16pm
                Deus ex-machina? HeatherEntwood Send a private message to HeatherEntwood Dec 13 2012, 5:29pm
            Exactly Mooseboy018 Send a private message to Mooseboy018 Dec 13 2012, 7:24pm
    The eagles do not trust humans. macfalk Send a private message to macfalk Dec 13 2012, 2:41pm
    Also the Eagles are there to save them from some danger. Notanelvishname Send a private message to Notanelvishname Dec 13 2012, 2:50pm
    The idea is to lengthen the journey, not shorten it. morgenstern Send a private message to morgenstern Dec 13 2012, 2:51pm
        And I guess a swarm of giant eagles The Preciousss Send a private message to The Preciousss Dec 13 2012, 2:58pm
    Is the company still with the Eagles at the end of 'AUJ'? Otaku-sempai Send a private message to Otaku-sempai Dec 13 2012, 3:50pm
    *facepalm* ... thought this would come at some point -__- // Xanaseb Send a private message to Xanaseb Dec 13 2012, 6:20pm


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