I was just watching Nostalgia Critic’s 11 Dumbest Lord of The Rings Moments and guess what was number one.
No, really… Guess.
Have you guessed it?
I’m too unwell to go into the fact that this is not a movie moment, unlike the rest. There is no moment in the movie where Gandalf goes “Hm, should I use those giant eagle things maybe?” and then decides “Naaah, tiny Hobbits, it worked last time.” Regardless, people love to bitch and moan about this and the movie/book’s defenders go on and on about why that couldn’t happen. Or that maybe what Gandalf meant by “Fly, you fools.” was exactly that and the rest of the group just didn’t get it. Here’s the greatest reason why using the eagles is not a good idea…
IT’S FUCKING BORING.
A long while ago OM made a post on HarsH REaLiTy about how the characters would often get from one place to another without logical explanation of how they got there. Which I thought was amusing considering how damn long those books/movies are without showing the character painstakingly climbing every mountain. This is the exact opposite of the eagle thing. LoTR isn’t there to solve a problem in five minutes, it’s there to send you on a journey. Who wants to read five pages of a Hobbit getting on a eagle and flying safely to his destination? I mean, does no one else see a problem with that particular reasoning? Yes, maybe the criticism is more along the lines of ‘they should have considered it’ or ‘they should have explained why’, but then I ask you: Why? Why should Gandalf have explained his reasons? He’s a goddamn wizard, he doesn’t have to explain himself to you! >.>
Really, people, the eagle thing, let’s just drop it, mkay?