Once he suffered from a poisoned wound, and was healed by Gandalf and thenceforth they became friends.
During the Quest for Erebor, they saved Thorin and Company as they flew from the Goblin-town and brought them to the eyrie; later they played a crucial role in the Battle of the Five Armies (T.A. 2941). After this he became King of All Birds and wore a golden crown.
It is often thought that the Great Eagle is the same individual as Gwaihir. Among several points which separate the two, the Great Eagle is mentioned to wear a crown after The Hobbit but no crown is mentioned with Gwaihir in The Lord of the Rings.
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|Maiar||Arien · Eönwë · Ilmarë · Melian · Ossë · Salmar · Tilion · Uinen|
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