I had a couple of story / lore related questions after my recent read through.
Oliphant vs. Mumakil
When Sam and Frodo reach Ithilien, they oversee the Haradrim and Sam stares in wonder at the sight of an Oliphant. In the battle of Pellenor fields they seem to always refer the them as Mumikil on the field of battle.
Would Oliphant refer to a non war-hardened animal, where Mumikil contained the driver and the mounted soldiers on its back? Is it more, depends on who you ask... like hobbit vs. halfling?
Gwaihir and Gandalf
After the battle at the black gate, Gandalf asks Gwaihir to help him one last time and mentions that he had twice before. After reading through the appendicies I found an exerpt mentioning Gwaihir retrieving Gandalf from Zirakzigil, I don't remember seeing that before.
The quote is as follows.. "Twice you have borne me, Gwaihir my friend" Is there one below not counted in that statement?
1) In The Hobbit - From the tree tops in Out of the frying pan into the fire, it isn't by name but it is the "Lord of the Eagles" (I think that name belongs to Gwaihir)
2) FOTR - Othranc rescue
3) Zirakzigil - After defeating the balrog, but was on Galadriel's request
4) Cormallen - To rescue Frodo and Sam
Just wondering, thanks everyone!!