Posted: Nov 22, 2019 4:07 pm
by Spearthrower
Tolkien's eagles are actually worse than deus ex machina; they're a gaping great plot-hole considering they could have just flown Frodo to Mount Doom, a diversionary battle could then have kept the Eye of Sauron busy, and Frodo could've been home in the Shire just in time for elevenses!

I think Tolkien just didn't notice the hole, which is understandable given the depth and breadth of his work, but it's a shame as there are plenty of ways to have 'plugged' this hole.