Short ending to this fifth book. One more awaits.
As Pippin passes out, he hears calls that the eagles have arrived. Unclear on the importance of this, if any exists, Pippin accepts his fate.
So the eagles, who play a major role in The Hobbit, are actually pretty minor characters here in Lord of the Rings. Their king, Gwaihir, has been an ally of Gandalf’s, but Pippin fails to see any reason why they might be helping now. He only remembers Bilbo’s old stories about them, and he’s really too far gone now to know any better than that.
If nothing else, this serves as a little bit of hope, since we’re clearly jumping away from this battle now. It would certainly be dreadful to leave with Pippin being crushed and accepting death. We have eagles!
Days Until The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: 12
No one dies today.
“And his thought fled far away and his eyes saw no more.”