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A title given to the Lord of the Eagles of the northern Misty Mountains. He was instrumental in aiding the Quest of Erebor, rescuing Gandalf and the Dwarves from marauding Goblins and Wargs, and later bringing his fellow Eagles to turn the tide in the decisive Battle of Five Armies. He and his people dwelt on the Eyrie, a tall pinnacle of rock emerging from the plains somewhat eastward of the Misty Mountains themselves.

The Great Eagle was a bird of considerable importance, and indeed we're told that he went on to become the King of All Birds and bear a golden crown. His title of 'Great Eagle' reflects his heritage from the Great Eagles of the First Age, especially their Lord, the immense Eagle known as Thorondor. The Great Eagle may indeed have been a direct descendant of Thorondor (both carried the title 'Lord of Eagles') though details of his history remain somewhat unclear.


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