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'''Gwaihir''' was the Lord of the [[Eagles]] of [[Middle-earth]] at the time of the [[War of the Ring]].  
 
'''Gwaihir''' was the Lord of the [[Eagles]] of [[Middle-earth]] at the time of the [[War of the Ring]].  
 
==History==
 
==History==
Gwaihir was the Lord of the Eagles and resided in the eyrie of the [[Misty Mountains]]. Once he suffered from a poisoned wound, and was healed by [[Gandalf]] and thenceforth they became friends. He and his people served Gandalf and [[Radagast]] as spies and messengers.
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A descendant of [[Thorondor]], it is said that Gwaihir was his vassal in the [[First Age]] and helped him rescue [[Beren]] and [[Luthien]] from [[Angband]].
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In the [[Third Age]], he was the Lord of the Eagles and resided in the eyrie of the [[Misty Mountains]]. He was the greatest and the swiftest of the Eagles of the North.
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Once he suffered from a poisoned wound, and was healed by [[Gandalf]] and thenceforth they became friends. He and his people served Gandalf and [[Radagast]] as spies and messengers.
 
[[Image:Darrell Sweet - The Lord of the Eagles.jpg|thumb|left|The adventurers finally escape the dangers of the Misty Mountains.]]
 
[[Image:Darrell Sweet - The Lord of the Eagles.jpg|thumb|left|The adventurers finally escape the dangers of the Misty Mountains.]]
 
During the [[Quest for Erebor]], they saved [[Thorin and Company]] as they flew from the [[Goblin-town]] and brought them to the eyrie<ref>{{H|6}}</ref>; later they played a crucial role in the [[Battle of the Five Armies]]<ref>{{H|17}}</ref>. After {{TA|2941}} Gwaihir became [[King of All Birds]].
 
During the [[Quest for Erebor]], they saved [[Thorin and Company]] as they flew from the [[Goblin-town]] and brought them to the eyrie<ref>{{H|6}}</ref>; later they played a crucial role in the [[Battle of the Five Armies]]<ref>{{H|17}}</ref>. After {{TA|2941}} Gwaihir became [[King of All Birds]].
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When the Eagles heard about [[Gollum]]'s escape from [[Mirkwood]], Gwaihir was sent to bear the news to [[Isengard]], as they had been told by [[Radagast]].
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[[File:Stephen Hickman - Escape from Orthanc.jpg|thumb|Stephen Hickman: Escape from Orthanc]]
 
[[File:Stephen Hickman - Escape from Orthanc.jpg|thumb|Stephen Hickman: Escape from Orthanc]]
During the [[War of the Ring]], he rescued [[Gandalf]] from the pinnacle of [[Orthanc]] while trapped by [[Saruman]], and later from the peak of [[Celebdil]] after the [[Battle of the Peak]];
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During the [[War of the Ring]], he noticed [[Gandalf]] on the pinnacle of [[Orthanc]] while trapped by [[Saruman]] and carried him to [[Edoras]]<ref>{{FR|Council}}</ref>. Later he was sent by [[Galadriel]] to find Gandalf; he found him on the peak of [[Celebdil]] after the [[Battle of the Peak]], and carried him to [[Lothlórien]]<ref>{{TT|Rider}}</ref>
  
Gwaihir with [[Landroval]] brought [[Frodo Baggins|Frodo]] and [[Samwise Gamgee|Sam]] out of [[Mordor]] after the destruction of the [[One Ring]].
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Gwaihir and [[Landroval]] helped the [[Free Peoples]] in the [[Battle of the Morannon]] during which they brought [[Frodo Baggins|Frodo]] and [[Samwise Gamgee|Sam]] out of [[Mordor]] after the destruction of the [[One Ring]]<ref>{{RK|Doom}}</ref>.
  
 
==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
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It's possible that the name is influenced from some Sindarin dialect, perhaps [[Silvan]] from the [[Elves of Mirkwood]]. [[Ilkorin]] is an [[Elvish]] language where ''ai'' represents Sindarin ''ae''.
 
It's possible that the name is influenced from some Sindarin dialect, perhaps [[Silvan]] from the [[Elves of Mirkwood]]. [[Ilkorin]] is an [[Elvish]] language where ''ai'' represents Sindarin ''ae''.
 
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==Other versions==
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Eagles named "Gwaihir" and "Landroval" (or, in even earlier texts, "Gwaewar" and "Lhandroval") appeared in early ''[[Silmarillion]]'', as vassals of Thorondor who helped to bear [[Beren]] and [[Lúthien]] from [[Angband]]<ref>{{WJ|P1}} p. 68</ref>. These references were removed by [[Christopher Tolkien]] to escape the seeming discrepancy with ''The Lord of the Rings'', although later he admitted that he was not sure about his father's intentions.<ref>{{LR|Quenta}} Chs. 12–15, p. 301–3</ref>
 
==Portrayal in Adaptations==
 
==Portrayal in Adaptations==
 
'''2001: ''[[The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring]]'':'''
 
'''2001: ''[[The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring]]'':'''

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Gwaihir was the Lord of the Eagles of Middle-earth at the time of the War of the Ring.

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History

A descendant of Thorondor, it is said that Gwaihir was his vassal in the First Age and helped him rescue Beren and Luthien from Angband.

In the Third Age, he was the Lord of the Eagles and resided in the eyrie of the Misty Mountains. He was the greatest and the swiftest of the Eagles of the North.

Once he suffered from a poisoned wound, and was healed by Gandalf and thenceforth they became friends. He and his people served Gandalf and Radagast as spies and messengers.

The adventurers finally escape the dangers of the Misty Mountains.

During the Quest for Erebor, they saved Thorin and Company as they flew from the Goblin-town and brought them to the eyrie[1]; later they played a crucial role in the Battle of the Five Armies[2]. After T.A. 2941 Gwaihir became King of All Birds.

When the Eagles heard about Gollum's escape from Mirkwood, Gwaihir was sent to bear the news to Isengard, as they had been told by Radagast.

Stephen Hickman: Escape from Orthanc

During the War of the Ring, he noticed Gandalf on the pinnacle of Orthanc while trapped by Saruman and carried him to Edoras[3]. Later he was sent by Galadriel to find Gandalf; he found him on the peak of Celebdil after the Battle of the Peak, and carried him to Lothlórien[4]

Gwaihir and Landroval helped the Free Peoples in the Battle of the Morannon during which they brought Frodo and Sam out of Mordor after the destruction of the One Ring[5].

Etymology

Gwaihir comes from the Sindarin gwaew "wind" + hîr "lord". His name could be translated "Windlord".

Since the name contains gwaew, it's unknown why its form is Gwaihir, and not *Gwaehir.

It's possible that the name is influenced from some Sindarin dialect, perhaps Silvan from the Elves of Mirkwood. Ilkorin is an Elvish language where ai represents Sindarin ae.

Other versions

Eagles named "Gwaihir" and "Landroval" (or, in even earlier texts, "Gwaewar" and "Lhandroval") appeared in early Silmarillion, as vassals of Thorondor who helped to bear Beren and Lúthien from Angband[6]. These references were removed by Christopher Tolkien to escape the seeming discrepancy with The Lord of the Rings, although later he admitted that he was not sure about his father's intentions.[7]

Portrayal in Adaptations

2001: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring:

Gandalf whispers "Gwaihir" repeatedly to the moth that arrives at Isengard. Later, Gwaihir rescues Gandalf from Isengard, and carries him to safety.

2003: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King:

Gwaihir and his Eagles come to aid at the Battle of the Morannon. They attack the Nazgûl and their fell beasts. After the battle is won and the One Ring destroyed, Gwaihir along with Gandalf and a second Eagle rescue Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee from the rocks of Mount Doom.

See Also


Ainur
Valar
Lords:  Manwë · Ulmo · Aulë · Oromë · Mandos · Irmo · Tulkas
Queens:  Varda · Yavanna · Nienna · Estë · Vairë · Vána · Nessa
Former:  Melkor
Associated Maiar
Manwë Eönwë · Olórin Varda Ilmarë · Olórin · Arien
Ulmo Ossë · Uinen · Salmar Yavanna Aiwendil
Aulë Mairon · Curumo Estë Melian
Oromë Tilion · Alatar · Pallando Vána
Other Maiar
Balrogs Gothmog · Durin's Bane · Lungorthin
Wizards Saruman · Gandalf · Radagast · Blue Wizards (Rómestámo · Morinehtar)
Topics
Music · Valarin · Almaren · Valinor · Valmar · Second Music

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Out of the Frying-Pan into the Fire"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "The Clouds Burst"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Council of Elrond"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Mount Doom"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part One. The Grey Annals" p. 68
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Two: Valinor and Middle-earth before The Lord of the Rings, VI. Quenta Silmarillion" Chs. 12–15, p. 301–3