Lord of the Rings Theatrical VS. Extended: Differences and Which One Is Better

Lord of the Rings Theatrical VS. Extended: Differences and Which One Is Better

Lord of the Rings Extended Edition is a lengthy version of the Lord of the Rings Film Trilogy by Peter Jackson. The creation of the extended edition was pretty meaningful, you can figure out the real and in-depth meanings of the trilogy when you know all the parts of the story in the extended versions. They give you a complete and understandable outlook of the movies.

As far as The Fellowship of the Ring is concerned, there was more to see about Hobbit that wasn’t shown in the theatrical version. We could only go through real adventures in the extended version. The same was the case in the theatrical edition of the part, The Two Towers.

For the part The Return of the King, I would say that the fight between the Gandalf and Witch King was much more interesting to watch in the Lords of the Ring Extended Edition.

Read the complete article to know more about the Lords of the Rings Theatrical and Extended Editions.

Lord of the Rings Theatrical Editions Runtime

The run time for the Lord of the Rings theatrical edition of each movie is given below:

  1. Lords of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

The total length of Theatrical Release (in minutes) 178 min

The total length of Theatrical Release (in hours) 2 hr, 58 min

  1. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

The total length of Theatrical Release (in minutes) 179 min

The total length of Theatrical Release (in hours) 2 hr, 59 min

  1. Lords of the Rings: The Return of the King

The total length of Theatrical Release (in minutes) 200 min

The total length of Theatrical Release (in hours) 3 hr, 20 min

Lord of the Rings Extended Editions Runtime

Lord of the Rings Extended Editions runtime for each movie is given below. The run time includes the part of the movie and credits, music, opening sequence, etc.

  1. Lords of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Opening Production Credit/ Tile sequence 43 sec

Length of Movie 3 hr, 20 min

Movie Credits 7 min, 41 sec

End of Song (After Credits) 3 min, 57 sec

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The total length of Extended-Release (in minutes) 208 min

The total length of Extended-Release (in hours) 3 hr, 28 min, 24 sec

  1. Lords of the Rings: The Two Towers

Opening Sequence (Repeated with New Music) 43 sec

Length of Movie 3 hr, 24 min, 12 sec

Movie Credits 8 min, 56 sec

End of Song (After Credits) 3 min, 18 sec 

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The total length of Extended-Release (in minutes) 223 min

The total length of Extended-Release (in hours) 3 hr, 43 min, 51 sec

  1. Lords of the Rings: The Return of the King

Opening Sequence (Repeated with New Music) 43 sec

Length of Movie 4 hr, 53 sec

Movie Credits (with Complete Song) 11 min, 08 sec 

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The total length of Extended-Release (in minutes) 251 min

The total length of Extended-Release (in hours) 4 hr, 12 min, 44 sec

Differences between Lord of the Rings Theatrical and Extended 

Lord of the Rings Theatrical VS. Extended: Differences and Which One Is Better

Lord of the Rings Theatrical and Extended Edition has many differences to start with. I have listed below all the additional and extended scenes that make a huge difference in the storyline and enhance the experience between the two editions. In between, some other differences are of the sound effects and the special effects.

The major difference between the Lord of the Rings Theatrical vs. Extended Edition is the time duration of every feature of the movie, storytelling, and pace. Each character is also portrayed in detail. Moreover, another difference also includes the fan club credits of the two versions – Theatrical and Extended Edition.

Let’s take a glance over it!

Extended Scenes

Lord of the Rings Extended Edition had many new scenes that are not a part of the Lord of the Ring Theatrical Edition. However, some scenes in the Extended Edition (from the LOTR Theatrical Edition) are just simply extended by adding more time and content.

So, let’s face those disappeared scenes that are now been added or extended in the Lords of the Rings Extended Edition:

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2002)

  • Prologue: One Ring To Rule Them All (Extended)
  • Concerning Hobbits (Added)
  • The Shire (Extended)
  • Very Old Friends (Extended)
  • A Long-Expected Party (Extended)
  • At The Green Dragon (Added)
  • The Passing Of The Elves (Added)
  • The Nazgul (Extended)
  • The Midgewater Marshes (Added)
  • Flight To The Ford (Extended)
  • The Sword That Was Broken (Extended)
  • The Council Of Elrond (Extended)
  • Gilraen’s Memorial (Added)
  • The Departure Of The Fellowship (Added)
  • The Ring Goes South (Extended)
  • The Pass Of Caradhras (Extended)
  • Moria (Extended)
  • A Journey In The Dark (Extended)
  • Balin’s Tomb (Extended)
  • Lothlorien (Extended)
  • Caras Galadhon (Extended)
  • The Mirror of Galadriel (Extended)
  • Farewell To Lorein (Extended)
  • The Great River (Extended)
  • The Breaking Of The Fellowship (Extended)
  • Boromir’s Last Stand (Extended)
  • The Departure Of Boromir (Extended)
  • Fan Club Credits (Added)

Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2003)

Lord of the Rings Theatrical VS. Extended: Differences and Which One Is Better
  • Elven Rope (Added)
  • The Taming Of Smeagol (Extended)
  • The Uruk-Hai (Extended)
  • The Burning Of The Westfold (Extended)
  • Massacre At The Fords Of Isen (Added)
  • The Banishment Of Eomer (Extended)
  • Night Camp At Fangorn (Extended)
  • The Passage Of The Marshes (Extended)
  • The White Rider (Extended)
  • The Song Of The EntWives (Added)
  • The Heir Of Numenor (Added)
  • Ent Draft (Added)
  • The King Of The Golden Hall (Extended)
  • The Funeral Of Theodred (Added)
  • Brego (Added)
  • The Ring Of Barahir (Added)
  • A Daughter Of Kings (Extended)
  • Of Herbs And Stewed Rabbit (Extended)
  • Dwarf Women (Extended)
  • One Of The Dunedain (Added)
  • The Evenstar (Extended)
  • Helm’s Deep (Extended)
  • The Window On The West (Extended)
  • Sons Of The Steward (Added)
  • The Forbidden Pool (Extended)
  • The Glittering Caves (Extended)
  • “Don’t Be Hasty Master Meriadoc!” (Added)
  • Last March Of The Ents (Extended)
  • Fangorn Comes To Helm’s Deep (Added)
  • The Final Tally (Added)
  • Flotsam And Jetsam (Added)
  • Farewell To Faramir (Added)
  • Fan Club Credits (Added)

Lord of the Rings: The Return Of The King (2004)

  • The Finding Of The Ring (Extended)
  • The Road To Isengard (Extended)
  • The Voice Of Saruman (Added)
  • Return To Edoras (Extended)
  • Eowyn’s Dream (Added)
  • Minas Tirith (Extended)
  • The Decline Of Gondor (Added)
  • Crossroads Of The Fallen King (Added)
  • Sam’s Warning (Added)
  • The Paths Of The Dead (Extended)
  • The Siege Of Gondor
  • The Corsairs Of Umbara (Added)
  • Merry’s Simple Courage (Added)
  • The Tomb Of The Stewards (Extended)
  • The Witch-King’s Hour (Added)
  • The Pyre Of Denethor (Extended)
  • The Battle Of The Pelennor Fields 
  • The Houses Of Healing (Added)
  • The Last Debate (Extended)
  • Aragorn Masters The Palantir (Added)
  • The Mouth Of Sauron (Added)
  • Mount Doom (Extended)
  • Fan Club Credits (Added)

1. The Fellowship of the Ring Theatrical vs. Extended Edition

Lord of the Rings Theatrical VS. Extended: Differences and Which One Is Better

Theatrical Edition

In the Lords of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, the runtime isn’t much different in both versions. However, we cannot deny the fact that the theatrical edition does not enchant the audience in the way it was supposed to be.

Extended Edition

In the Extended Edition of The Fellowship of the Rings, a clear difference you can notice is of the introduction, reorganization, and lengthening of the Bags end. Also, the movie has extended about 20 scenes plus adding 5 new scenes.

2. The Two Towers Theatrical vs. Extended Edition

Theatrical Edition

The theatrical edition of the Lords of the Rings: The Two Towers was released in the year 2003, followed by the Extended Edition back in November 2003. The runtime of The Two Towers is 179 minutes (2hrs, 59min).

Extended Edition

The addition to the film The Two Towers is the glittering caves scene that took place around the Helm’s deep. This one was my all-time favorite scene. Whereas some other scenes include the great story of Mary and the Pippin when they got separated from the fellowship, Smeagol joining with Frodo and Sam, and lastly, a scene where the elves’ gift for Sam was used.

3. The Return of the King Theatrical vs. Extended Edition

Theatrical Edition

Lords of the Rings: The Return of the King was my least favorite movie from the trilogy. This is because there is a scene that (in a natural way) ended up without completing the story. Do you remember Saruman from the theatrical edition? His story was left incomplete once he got captive in the Tower of the Isengard. Luckily, I had read the book before, which saved me from any misconceptions.

 Extended Edition

The Lord of the Rings fandom always loves to watch more in their movies. So, extending 11 scenes from the theatrical edition and adding 11 new ones was a good idea. We all appreciate it though! To give you a little idea, some of these scenes included prominent characters like Saruman (death scene) Sauron (Interaction scene), and King of Angmar (the great white face-off with Gandalf).

Lord of the Rings Theatrical VS. Extended: Which One Is Better

Lord of the Rings Theatrical VS. Extended: Differences and Which One Is Better

The diehard fans of Lord of the Rings are more likely to be fascinated more by its Extended Edition because it certainly offers a lot to watch in a greater runtime. But still, there are some pros to the Theatrical Edition which makes it better, if not the best!

Theatrical Edition

In the Theatrical Edition, you won’t see any undesired scenes. They were naturally cut out making it shorter. We can’t deny the fact that the Theatrical Edition is clearer in storytelling.

Extended Edition

Extended Edition proves to be the next level addiction because it is closer to the novel’s story and adds more time for us to watch our favorite characters in the LOTR trilogy. 

Lord of the Rings Theatrical VS. Extended Blu-Ray Set: Which One Is Better

Lord of the Rings Theatrical and Extended Edition is available in Blu-ray sets. However, which one is better can be judged by what each set can do.

Theatrical Blu-Ray Set

Lord of the Rings Theatrical Blu-Ray Set has three blu-ray discs of the theatrical remaster edition of the trilogy (The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King). Each disc has the Theatrical Edition of the movie. There are some drawbacks of the theatrical edition Blu-ray set. First of all, it does not give you the next-level enjoyment that you get with the remastered edition. However, the design and look are an absolute beauty that represents a bulk of content in one set that offers a good home-theatre experience.

Extended Edition Blu-Ray Set

Extended Edition Blu-ray set box is so far the best experience for a lifetime. With the Extended Edition, you get a full-cinema view with aesthetic color display, powerful sound system, and relaxing ambiance to watch the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. EE Blu-ray displays the high-quality motion picture and so preferred all and once!

The best thing about the Extended Edition Blu-Ray Set is that the data is not contained in a single disc. The EEs are equivocally divided into two discs and this is incredibly convenient! So far Extended Edition Blu-Ray Set is a clear-cut winner!

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