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Great Eagles

Gwaihir and his kind

Huge Eagles of Middle-earth, far larger than normal examples of their kind, who were capable of bearing the weight of a Man and spoke the Common Tongue. Said to have been proud but noble, they were the descendants of the ancient Eagle Thorondor, whose wingspan extended to some 180 feet (or a little over fifty metres). Though the Great Eagles of the Third Age don't appear to reached Thorondor's vast size, they were still immense. Greatest of them all at the time of the War of the Ring was Gwaihir the Windlord, who aided Gandalf and his allies in the final overthrow of Sauron.

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