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A descendant of [[Thorondor]], it is said that Gwaihir was his vassal in the [[First Age]] and, with his brother [[Landroval]], helped rescue [[Beren]] and [[Lúthien]] from [[Angband]].<ref name=P1>{{WJ|P1}} p. 68</ref> In the [[Third Age]] he was the greatest and the swiftest of the Eagles of the North.
 
A descendant of [[Thorondor]], it is said that Gwaihir was his vassal in the [[First Age]] and, with his brother [[Landroval]], helped rescue [[Beren]] and [[Lúthien]] from [[Angband]].<ref name=P1>{{WJ|P1}} p. 68</ref> In the [[Third Age]] he was the greatest and the swiftest of the Eagles of the North.
  
During the [[War of the Ring]], [[Radagast]] sought help of his old friends. The Eagles set off and gathered news: [[wolves]] and [[Orcs]] gathering and mustering, the movements of the [[Nazgûl|Nine Riders]], and the escape of [[Gollum]] from [[Mirkwood]].
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During the [[War of the Ring]], [[Radagast]] sought help of his old friends. The Eagles set off and gathered news: [[wolves]] and [[Orcs]] gathering and mustering, the movements of the [[Nine Riders]], and the escape of [[Gollum]] from [[Mirkwood]].
 
[[File:Stephen Hickman - Escape from Orthanc.jpg|thumb|left|Stephen Hickman - ''Escape from Orthanc'']]
 
[[File:Stephen Hickman - Escape from Orthanc.jpg|thumb|left|Stephen Hickman - ''Escape from Orthanc'']]
 
As instructed by Gandalf, Radagast sent Gwaihir to bear the news to him at [[Isengard]], but Gandalf was at that time imprisoned at the pinnacle of [[Orthanc]]. On an autumn night, Gandalf saw the Eagle flying towards him and so Gwaihir rescued the Wizard. But Gwaihir couldn't carry him far, so Gwaihir left him at [[Edoras]] in order to find a steed.<ref>{{FR|Council}}</ref>  
 
As instructed by Gandalf, Radagast sent Gwaihir to bear the news to him at [[Isengard]], but Gandalf was at that time imprisoned at the pinnacle of [[Orthanc]]. On an autumn night, Gandalf saw the Eagle flying towards him and so Gwaihir rescued the Wizard. But Gwaihir couldn't carry him far, so Gwaihir left him at [[Edoras]] in order to find a steed.<ref>{{FR|Council}}</ref>  

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