Quote Originally Posted by -Grimgorironhide- View Post
Just thought i'd point out that the elves fighting at helms deep never actually happened in the books, those scenes were film only.

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No, in the books elves don't join Aragorn and Theoden till just after Helm's Deep.

I believe that Gwaihir mentions somewhere in the books that he was only able to carry Gandalf for a limited distance, so if you factor in the eagles needing to land and rest it may not have been that much faster or safer, not to mention the fact that they had no way to contact the eagles, in the books it is pretty much random chance when Gwaihir shows up.

Yeah, if they had a cell phone number for Gwaihir during the council at Rivendell I think they would have considered the option, but they didn't.