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40 Little-Known Facts About Aragorn from Lord of the Rings

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Viggo Mortensen Used a Real Steel Sword

Aragorn Sword 2

New Line Cinema

While most of the actors in the films chose to use rubber blades for safety, Viggo Mortensen decided to throw caution to the wind. He used a steel sword and performed all of his own stunts. That decision likely stemmed from Viggo’s desire to be as in character as possible throughout the filming.

Using a real steel sword allowed him to feel the exhaustion that Aragorn might feel during battle. Of course, it also probably made scenes where the sword was used a little more dangerous. Even so, no price is too high to create a sense of realism in high fantasy.

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