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"Tolkien actually wrote an explanation for The Hobbit himself, unlike LOTR. The Eagles agree to help Gandalf because they owe him a favor, despite not being particularly interested in the dwarves? quest. However, they were afraid of the men of the Vales of Anduin, who shot arrows at the Eagles to keep them from stealing livestock. Therefore the Eagles only took the Company a short distance.
The situation is muddled in Peter Jackson?s film version because PJ removes all Eagle dialogue, though this may change in the Extended Edition. The final scene is also a bit misleading about how much distance is still to go before they reach the Lonely Mountain. At least half of the Company?s journey is still ahead of them, far longer than Gandalf could ask the Eagles to fly as a personal favor."
Apr 7 - 06:30 PM
Thoroughly Entertain Me Or Die
stop asking completely logical questions.
Dec 31 - 10:01 PM
easy...because if the eagles woud go anywhere near that mountain,the dragon woud kill them,we have seen that in the movie he hears even a little bird knocking on the wall,im pretty sure he woud have heard a bunch of giant eagles.
Dec 31 - 01:31 AM
And why didn't they just use the eagles in Lord of the Rings? I've always wondered.
The eagles even flew all the way to Mordor in the Return of the King, to help the good guys in front of the black gate. But then again, all movies are illogical. And also, why does Gandalf never use his cooler powers? Who knows.
Dec 30 - 10:23 PM
The flying Nazgul would kill them. If you paid attention to the last movie or end of film 2 you'd notice a bunch of flying nasties all around Mordor.
Dec 31 - 04:31 AM
The Eagles only helped after the One Ring was destroyed. Only after that they were sure they could help in the Battle of the Black Gate without worrying much. The all wizards, when they were sent by the "gods", they were not allowed to use their maximum powers and they could only use them in times of great urgency. Gandalf uses his powers more in the books than in the movies because Peter Jackson does not like the effects that magical powers have in movies.
Dec 31 - 03:43 PM
The books explain that the Eagles are their own masters & can never be tamed to do the bidding of man. They only aid those who are against the forces of darkness in the darkest of times to serve as a balance between good & evil. I kinda wish PJ had addressed this in the movies somehow so that they don't seem like some lazy deus ex machina. Perhaps he will in the next two movies at some point.
Dec 30 - 07:52 PM