The LOTR Debate Will Be Sparked by “Rings of Power” To Rival That Of The Eagles

Did you find the eagle argument in The Lord of the Rings vexing? Just wait for “The Rings of Power” to launch on Amazon. According to the famous line from J.R.R. Tolkien’s greatest work, Frodo Baggins transports the One Ring from Bag End to Mordor (with a little help from his Sam). These two hobbits are found alive by a group of eagles led by Gwaihir the Windlord as they lay exhausted on the edge of Mount Doom. Naturally, the reason why the eagles didn’t just fly Frodo to Mordor instead of just swooping down for the return voyage was questioned.

This supposed plot hole has a dual remedy. Gwaihir and his kind are descended from the Great Eagles who were sent to Middle-earth by the Valar, the archangels of J.R.R. Tolkien’s world; however, Peter Jackson’s films skim over this fact. One does not simply ride into Mordor on their backs because they are celestial beings. The purpose of a hobbit carrying the Ring is to stay undetected by Sauron’s vigilant eye, even if Gwaihir had agreed to transport Frodo from the Shire to Mordor. Even though riding a mythical creature over Mount Doom doesn’t exactly scream delicacy, there has long been discussion about whether the birds could have done more.

The eagle issue from The Lord of the Rings might not even come close to the discussion that Amazon’s “The Rings of Power” TV series might start. “The Rings of Power” will feature flashbacks to Tolkien’s First Age, as seen in the trailer. The Valar personally traveled from Valinor to Middle-earth and flung Morgoth, Sauron’s ruler, into the Void, marking the end of this age. The Downfall of Nmenor will likely be depicted in live action in later seasons of “The Rings of Power” because Nmenor will also serve as the show’s primary location. Thanks to direct intervention from Eru Ilvatar, the God of Tolkien’s mythology, at Manw the Vala’s plea, this isle of mighty men was saved from sinking into the sea after falling under the dark influence of Sauron. A question much bigger than the pickle over eagles is raised by witnessing the Valar publicly battle Morgoth and Sauron in The Lord of the Rings’ First and Second Ages. Why weren’t the Valar or Eru Il-vatar involved in The Lord of the Rings’ battle against Sauron?

Why Did The Valar Not Participate in The Lord Of The Rings?

It is considerably more difficult to explain why the Valar didn’t fly Frodo to Mordor in The Lord of the Rings than it is to determine why the eagles didn’t carry him there. The Valar’s growing spiritual estrangement from Middle-earth is one factor in their non-interference in The Lord of the Rings. The relationship between Valinor and the mortal kingdoms was considerably closer during the First Age, but as men gained power and claimed the realm Eru intended them to inherit, the Valar gradually lost influence. Tolkien conveys the idea that the Valar are the parents of the Children of Il-vatar, gradually fading from view as their offspring get older. The Valar refused to step in voluntarily even in the First Age, and more than 6000 years later, that spiritual gap had only widened. Man’s issue was Sauron.

However, the Valar weren’t just being unreasonable; personally confronting Sauron during The Lord of the Rings might have made matters worse for Middle-earth. The Valar’s struggle against Morgoth and Eru’s destruction of Nmenor both fundamentally altered the course of history. Middle-earth in the Third Age is much more populated and home to weaker animals than in other ages, making a conflict between the Valar and Sauron cataclysmic.

Last but not least, the Valar did assist in The Lord of the Rings, sending the five Istari (who, let’s be honest, were really just Gandalf) to aid lead the people of Middle-earth to triumph without the use of overwhelming force. Tolkien would also subtly imply that other events in The Lord of the Rings, such as Bilbo discovering the One Ring and Gollum’s journey into Mount Doom, may have been inspired by the divine, but it is unclear whether this will be sufficient to quell heated debate once “The Rings of Power” shows the Valar in action.

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