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Lord of the Rings and Hobbit box sets on sale at Amazon, today only

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Today’s Amazon Deal of the Day is quite ... precious. DVD and Blu-Ray box sets of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies are on sale for the next few hours. The deal covers the theatrical and extended versions of both trilogies, as well as the 3D version of The Hobbit.

By far the best deal included in Amazon’s sale is the 15-disc Lord of the Rings Extended Edition on Blu-ray for $25.99. With a release price of $119.98, this box set has hovered in the $60-$70 range for the last few years. Amazon lists the run time of the Extended Edition as 681 minutes.

Starting with The Fellowship of the Ring, released in 2001, Peter Jackson’s adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic fantasy series is one of the highest-grossing film series of all time. It has been nominated for a total of 30 Academy Awards, with the third film in the trilogy, 2003’s The Return of the King, bringing home Best Picture.

Peter Jackson returned to Middle-earth in 2012, with another film trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s (much shorter) novel The Hobbit. It stars Martin Freeman as the titular hobbit, Bilbo Baggins. The extended edition of The Hobbit trilogy is on sale on Blu-ray for $37.99 (usually $99.98), while the 3D version is discounted to $75.49 (usually $104.15).