5 Best (& 5 Worst) Lord Of The Rings Extended Edition Scenes

Extra Sean Bean is always a bonus.

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Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy is undoubtedly one of the most lovingly crafted sagas in film history, from The Fellowship of the Ring's epic sweeping prologue through Middle Earth to the emotional farewell at the end of The Return of the King. However, one debate has raged on within the fandom: theatrical edition or extended edition?

Jackson weighed in on this debate, noting "I did the extended versions for the fans...we had thirty to forty minutes of footage that fans of the books might be interested in." With nearly three hours of entirely new scenes or expanded versions of existing scenes, the extended edition is a bigger beast but one that does outstay its welcome at times.

In this sprawling extra slice of Middle Earth, characters who were previously only allowed a few minutes of screen time and subplots that were previously rushed are given more time to breathe. However, alongside some much needed backstory the extended edition also sees a lot of unnecessary filler that even some of the most die-hard fans struggle to justify...


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