A brief aside: I’ve been “reading” Lord of the Rings now going on eight months. Woah. And I’m only on page 261. In that time, I have read four other books. The Hunger Games series of three books, which I mentioned earlier, I read over the fall and winter. Today I finished reading Ender’s Game.
Yes, I read things that don’t include “game” in the title. I’m sure I’ll pick something without “game” in the title next time.
What I’m getting at, anyway, is that perspective is crazy. I can read Lord of the Rings at the pace of one page a day for THREE YEARS-ish, and I can also read a 300-some page book at my normal pace in a week or so. This boggles my mind.
Oh right, we still have to talk about that book about the rings, and the lord, and the whole end of days scenario! Let’s do that!
So, Gandalf is trapped on top of Orthanc. Frodo realizes that he thinks he saw Gandalf pacing on the tower in a dream! How quaint. In the meantime, Gandalf is worried sick, but comes to understand that Radagast must not have known that Saruman had evil intentions. Sure enough, the eagle Gwaihir comes to deliver a message to Gandalf, just as he had asked Radagast to do. As the guards are not on the lookout for an eagle, Gwaihir comes to Gandalf unhindered. Gandalf seizes the opportunity to have Gwaihir bear him away. He will carry him as far as Edoras, the capital of Rohan.
-Gwaihir the Windlord: King of all eagles! Do you need a better explanation than that?
-Edoras: Capital of the kingdom of Rohan. Situated on a hill in the craziest wind-tunnel in New Zealand…er, Middle-earth.
Did anyone place bets on how long it would take for Edoras to come up? You should have taken the under.
In other news, GWAIHIR. EAGLES. YEAH. Welcome to the biggest debatable plothole in all of this book. If the eagles can carry anyone anywhere they want to go, why not just fly the ring into Mordor and drop it into Mount Doom?
We will certainly get into that debate later, but I honestly think that part of the reason that this argument is broken is here on this page. Gandalf asks Gwaihir how far he can take him. “Many leagues,” Gwaihir replies, “but not to the ends of the earth. I was sent to bear tidings not burdens.” So yes, right there, Gwaihir admits that he has no physical problem carrying anyone for any great distance. However, he isn’t a taxi. He agreed to deliver a message, and just so happened to be able to save Gandalf. He won’t go much further above the call of duty.
Could the eagles fly the ring to Mordor? Yes. Would they do it? Based on this, I would say no. They would not agree to it.
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Is story-telling time at the Council coming to a close? Maybe…
“‘And I was glad,…'”