11 May 2012

365 Days of Middle-earth ~ Day 315: Gwaihir

Gwaihir rescuing Frodo and Sam

Gwaihir the Windlord was the Lord of the Great Eagles of the Misty Mountains, descended from Thorondor. He befriended Gandalf after the wizard healed a poisoned wound (likely caused by an Orc-arrow), and the Eagle-lord repaid this debt on several occasions throughout the Third Age: he and his eagles rescued Gandalf and Thorin and Company from Orcs; Gwaihir and his Eagles played a crucial role in the Battle of the Five Armies ; and on three occasions, he aided Gandalf during the time of the War of the Ring: freeing him from Isengard, rescuing him from the peak of Zirakzigil following his battle with the Balrog, and finally rescuing Sam and Frodo from the slopes of Orodruin. In addition to these deeds, Gwaihir and his eagles also served as messengers and spies to both Gandalf and Radagast.