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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.
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. After T.A. 2941 Gwaihir became King of All Birds.
Since the name contains gwaew, it's unknown why its form is Gwaihir, and not *Gwaehir.
Portrayal in Adaptations
- Gandalf whispers "Gwaihir" repeatedly to the moth that arrives at Isengard. Later, Gwaihir rescues Gandalf from Isengard, and carries him to safety.
- 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.
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