Imagine it: Peter Jackson's Middle-earth masterpiece released as a director's cut with 30 minutes of additional footage and an expanded musical score. It's enough to make a hobbit choke on his ale.
Re-edited by Jackson, who claims the scenes were cut purely for "pace and momentum", this special edition might not offer any story developments, but it does add some wonderful embellishments.
Some of the scenes are simply extended versions of those in the original while others, like Aragorn's mournful campfire song, are completely new. Our favourite is the moment when Gimli (John Rhys-Davies) falls in love with Galadriel (Cate Blanchett) and asks her for one of her hairs as a keepsake.