Viggo Mortensen is starring in the film The Dead Don’t Hurt, a western that is hitting theaters this weekend, and though it’s set in the American frontier amid the civil war, The Lord of the Rings fans have a fun little Easter egg to look forward to when watching.

In a recent interview with GQ Magazine, Mortensen explained how Aragorn’s sword, Andúril, ended up in his most recent movie.

The actor said: “We had everything for this sequence with a knight. We had found this great, spirited horse, the right kind of saddle, and we made a medieval kind of blanket, and we had the costume for the knight.

“Everything was right, and then I said, well, we should have a sword. And I did look and there were some good ones and I thought, well, it might be kind of good to use this one that I had because it’s really good.

“But I knew I would have to ask permission because I’m sure somebody would notice it, even if you only see it for a few seconds, it’s not really essential to the scene and certainly not to the movie, it’s just something in passing that you either see or you don’t.

“So I did ask Peter Jackson if he’d be all right with it, and he said, ‘Well, is it very important in the story?’ I said, no, it’s not, actually. You hardly notice it, but somebody will, probably. He said it was okay with him but that I should ask the movie company.

“So I contacted them and they were fine with it. They realised it wasn’t essential, it wasn’t going to draw a lot of attention to itself. And they were very nice about it, and they gave us permission. That’s why we did it, just because it seemed right. It was kind of a last-minute accident.”

It’s cool that the sword got another shot in another role with Mortensen at the helm. Keep an eye out when you see The Dead Don’t Hurt, in theaters this weekend.

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Viggo Mortensen Reused Aragorn’s Sword From THE LORD OF THE RINGS in His New Movie THE DEAD DON’T HURT — GeekTyrant