'Lord of the Rings' Gandalf's Steed Shadowfax Euthanized

4/12/2014 2:56 PM PDT

Gandalf's Horse Shadowfax Dead -- 'Lord of the Rings' Star Dies ... After Being Euthanized

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Gandalf's glorious steed Shadowfax from the "Lord of the Rings" flicks just took a permanent trip to the big glue shire in the sky -- after the horse got too sick and had to be put down.

Shadowfax's owner Cynthia says the horse -- real name Blanco -- suddenly fell ill at home and was rushed to a horse hospital ... but after a few days, things took a turn for the worst.

The veterinarian asked Cynthia if she wanted to put the horse to sleep ... so she asked Shadowfax for approval -- and the owner says the horse gave her a look that meant yes.

Cynthia gave vets the OK -- and they put her down.