Gwaihir informs Gandalf of Merry and Pippin's capture
Event Type: General
Age: 3rd Age - Ring War
Date: February 27, 3019
An event in the aftermath of the Orc-raid at Parth Galen; see that entry for an overview:
The ridge upon which the companions stood went down steeply before their feet. ... the green plains of the Rohirrim stretched away before them to the edge of sight.
'Look!' cried Legolas, pointing up into the pale sky above them. 'There is the eagle again! He is very high. He seems to be flying now away, from this land back to the North. He is going with great speed. Look!'
'No, not even my eyes can see him...,' said Aragorn. 'He must be far aloft indeed. I wonder what is his errand, if he is the same bird that I have seen before.'
The Two Towers, LoTR Book 3, Ch 2, The Riders of Rohan
'Did you find [the hobbits], and are they safe?'
'No, I did not find them,' said Gandalf. 'There was a darkness over the valleys of the Emyn Muil, and I did not know of their captivity, until the eagle told me.'
'The eagle!' said Legolas. 'I have seen an eagle high and far off: the last time was three days ago, above the Emyn Muil.'
'Yes,' said Gandalf, 'that was Gwaihir the Windlord.... I sent him before me to watch the River and gather tidings. His sight is keen, but he cannot see all that passes under hill and tree. Some things he has seen, and others I have seen myself. The Ring now has passed beyond my help....'
The Two Towers, LoTR Book 3, Ch 5, The White Rider
Elena Tiriel 18Oct05