Quote Originally Posted by Gatsby View Post
While yes the eagles do become Deus Ex Machina, it also saves the elves from dying to a man at Helms Deep (yes they die epicly, but they didn't have to) it stops the final battle where tons of people die who again, didn't have to.
Just thought i'd point out that the elves fighting at helms deep never actually happened in the books, those scenes were film only.