It took a one-of-a-kind horse to play Shadowfax, Gandalf’s mount in the Lord of the Rings films, The Two Towers and Return of the King. Shadowfax is chief of the Mearas, capable of understanding human speech, fearless, and faster than any other horse in Middle-earth. But Blanco was up to the challenge. He even carried actor Ian McKellen faithfully, as the text required, without bridle.
When Lord of the Rings filming finished, Blanco traveled to the United States with his new trainer and owner Cynthia Royal. After many rewarding years together, Blanco pasted away in her loving care last month at the age of 25. The world lost a great horse, and Royal lost a dear friend.
At the same time artist Kathy Morawski was working on a stone-like plaque inspired by the Lord of the Rings, which featured a magnificent carved white horse. When Royal discovered Morawski’s finished plaque, called Lord of the Horses, on Facebook, she asked to have it for herself as a tribute to Blanco. Soon more requests for this tribute piece came pouring in!
In response to the demand, Morawski is offering limited edition, original works of art like the plaque that now hangs on Royal’s tribute wall for Blanco. Twenty percent of the proceeds from sales will be donated to Blanco’s veterinary expense fund. If you would like the donation to be made in your name, you will also receive an 8.5” x 11” full color frame-able print of Blanco and his owner/trainer Cynthia Royal along with the plaque. Simply message Morawski with this request.
In remembrance of Blanco, also enjoy Cynthia Royal’s video tribute to the outstanding steed, which we previously shared in Down To The Wire.