Thanks for the reassurance HH
Nice one spotting that about the eagles
And I always wondered why the Valar let Melkor out of his prison in the first place (in "The Silmirillian").
I think I've covered my flaw up further, by having a twist that the hero's quest is just a dummy to let the bad guys recover the plans, leaving somebody else free to deliver a copy of them unlooked for.
hmm - maybe there''s some more milage in that one too - unless this idea itself is a big plot-flaw...?
I mean, imagine if Luke's quest was one of many, with 20-30 other messangers showing up at the rebel-base long before he does.