Deus Ex Machina..is it a good thing or a bad thing? People say the ending to The Lord of The Rings is kind of Deus Ex Machina, because the eagles show up and rescue Frodo. I don't find that moment bad at all. I find it very comforting. I remember thinking that was the end..and then there came the eagles led by Gandalf. It would make perfect sense that during the battle, the eagles joined the fight and afterwards they searched for survivors. What people like to ask is, Why couldn't they just fly to Mordor in first place? I think there's a reason, but I'm not quite sure. But I do know that it felt right; that the eagles coming in to rescue Frodo and Sam was a good thing. So is Deux Ex Machina bad? or is it good? (on a side note..does anyone know why Gwaihir and the other eagles couldn't just fly Frodo into Mordor? Was it because Sauron was in power?) Please and thanks!