I haven't read the book, but is Gandalf coming to the rescue at the last minute going to be a continual thing? Because by the third time it happened in this
movie it was already starting to seem a bit ridiculous.
Also, is there some kind of explanation in the books as to why the giant eagles don't just fly Gandalf and the gang all the way to their destination? Like maybe they aren't able to leave a certain area? Or they don't want to get too close and risk the dragon sensing them?