, due to be released in December 2012.
Cali Madincea of New Line Cinema said
, "The look of the Icelandic horse, which grows a thick coat in the winter, was one of the things that attracted the attention of the producers. Another important aspect of the Icelandic horse is its endurance and strength; they can carry someone weighing up to 120 kilos."
She added that the tölt
, the gait particular to the breed, played a part in the decision as well."This soft gait moves them right along, which helps an actor in full armour stay close to Gandalf, who's riding a large horse."
A horse trainer in New Zealand, as part of his duties, did have to teach the actors how to ride an Icelandic horse in a tölt, as it does take considerable practice for the rider to move with the gait.The Hobbit
is set to be released as a two-part prequel to Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings
trilogy in December 2012 and December 2013.
Thirteen Icelandic horses were used in the upcoming Peter Jackson film