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Viggo Mortensen Announces His “Lord of the Rings” Horses Have Passed Away

Viggo Mortensen Announces His “Lord of the Rings” Horses Have Passed Away

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Famous horse lover Viggo Mortensen has revealed that two horses he bought after filming the Lord of the Rings have died.

Mortensen, who played Aragorn in the movies, purchased two horses he rode while filming as well as one other from the set.

The Danish-American actor bought the three horses after they were put up for sale once filming was over. He grew close to two of the horses, Kenny and Uraeus, while riding them in the films.

In addition, he bought a grey horse that Arwen rides in The Fellowship Of The Ring.

Mortensen bought Uraeus, a bay Dutch Warmblood, and Kenny, a chestnut Thoroughbred, for himself.

The two horses went to live with a vet in New Zealand, with the actor visiting them on a regular basis.

Viggo Mortesen horse and Lord of the Rings

He purchased the grey horse, an Andalusian named Florian, for a stunt woman with who he became friends during the production of the beloved series.

“I knew how much she liked that horse, so I bought it for her. That one is still around, but the other two have passed away. They were of a certain age already when we were shooting and that’s 20 years ago now,” Mortensen told NME news.

The vet who cared for Mortensen’s horses, Ray Lenaghan, is married to Jane Abbott, the stunt woman who owns Florian. The couple actually met on set during the filming of the movies.

Mortensen broke the news of the passing of his horses in a recent interview. However, not all of the interview was grim.

Mortensen also spent time reflecting on filming the movies, including a particular scene that was cut out.

Horse from Lord of the Rings

Though the news of Mortensen’s horses passing is sad, their legacy lives on in one of the most famous film series.

Thanks to the actor, Kenny and Uraeus had a wonderful life after starring in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Below is a wonderful short behind-the-scenes documentary of the horses during the filming of Lord of the Rings:

Livingstone Latham III

Sunday 8th of August 2021

Just wonderful, I love horses have had special ones my whole life since I was 6 years old and now 65, thank you for caring for them and for the show!!!

Debbi Early-DePriest

Saturday 7th of August 2021

Very Special


Saturday 6th of March 2021

This is beautiful and incredible and captivating and funny!

Cheryl Maher

Saturday 12th of December 2020

I thoroughly enjoyed watching this video and the tribute it paid to the fabulous horses, riders, trainers and actors. Lord of the Rings films remain top of my list.


Saturday 12th of December 2020

Glad to hear that whisker trimming is soon to be banned