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I asked a particular question on the Tolkien Society Facebook page, in the hope of getting some interesting answers. But since that didn’t really happen, nor did it instigate a thought-provoking discussion, I’m re-posting the question here on this blog, hoping to evoke some comments and ideas from you all!
I’m in the process of reading The Fall of Gondolin and I’m intrigued by the fact that Thorondor and the other Great Eagles, the ever-watchful and vigilant creatures around the Hidden City, fail to notice and warn Turgon of the approaching attack.
The Silmarillion, ‘The Sketch of the Mythology’ and the Earliest Text (in The Fall of Gondolin), all seem to introduce Thorondor’s presence only after the attack has long begun, to help aid the escapees during Glorfindel’s duel with the Balrog. Yet, a few pages before the battle, we are told that as Gondolin’s approached, “Tidings were brought by Thorondor”.
The only explanation I can provide, is the fact that the Eagles resided in the Crissaegrim (thus to the south of the Encircling Mountains), whilst Morgoth’s hosts came from the North. Still, it does not seem a very strong argument, considering how the Eagles are described as being on constant watch around the Mountains, and still failed to witness the approach of such a vast army …
So I ask again … is this some kind of Tolkienesque loophole? Am I missing something? Am I looking too much into this little detail?
Thoughts, ideas, comments welcome! 🙂