Viggo Mortensen shared how he used the sword Anduril, which remained with him after “The Lord of the Rings”

Recently, actor Viggo Mortensen had an interview with GQ Magazine where he was asked about his thoughts on the upcoming film “The Lord of the Rings: The Hunt for Gollum.”

The actor also shared an interesting anecdote related to a prop from “The Lord of the Rings”: after filming, Mortensen kept the sword Narsil (Anduril) as a memento, and for the filming of the movie “Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid,” he needed to find a suitable sword. Mortensen remembered that he had a truly beautiful sword at home but was afraid that Warner Bros. would not approve if something from “The Lord of the Rings” appeared in the film without their permission.

“We had everything for the knight scene. We found a magnificent, spirited horse, a suitable saddle, made a medieval caparison, and we had a knight’s costume. Everything was ready, but then I decided that we needed a sword. I thought that maybe it wouldn’t be a bad idea to use Aragorn’s sword, which was at my house because it was really good. But I knew I had to ask for permission because I’m sure someone would notice, even if it appeared for only a few seconds in the movie.

I asked Peter Jackson if he minded, and he said, ‘Is it important to the story?’ I said, ‘No. You probably wouldn’t even notice it, but someone might.’ He said he didn’t mind, but I would still have to ask the studio anyway. So I contacted them, and they were also fine with it. They understood that it wasn’t necessary and wouldn’t attract much attention. And they easily gave us permission.” – recalls the actor.

The premiere of the film “The Lord of the Rings: The Hunt for Gollum” is scheduled for 2026.

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