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Icelandic Horses to Play in The Hobbit

Icelandic horses will play a big part in The Hobbit, the upcoming film directed by Peter Jackson, based on the eponymous story by J.R.R. Tolkien. Shooting is currently taking place in New Zealand.


Icelandic horses. Photo by Geir Ólafsson.

“The look of the Icelandic horse, which grows a thick fur in the winter months, was one of the aspects filmmakers took notice of,” said Cali Madincea at New Line Cinema, the film’s production company, according to Fréttabladid.

“Another important quality of the Icelandic horse is its endurance and strength; it can carry people weighing up to 120 kilos,” Madincea explained, adding that the tölt had also charmed them.

“This soft gait guarantees a quick progress, which helps actors wearing full armor in keeping up with Gandalf who rides a large horse,” Madincea concluded.

The film, which follows up on the success of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, is scheduled to premiere in December 2012.

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