You just aren't used to the rant Dotsie
I'm a normal fan too who happens to like sharpening my claws on the lore nazis that infest Tolkien fan sites and like to think they know better than the author did about a STORY that they seem to think has to be treated as gospel truth...
OK - it goes like this PJ did a mostly brilliant job with the 1st instalment in getting the more important bits of the book translated reasonably well onto the big screen aside from giving Liv (Arwen) Tyler a sword and powers she didn't have, in a bit she wasn't in... this had to be done else she would have appeared on screen approx 3 times for as many seconds and probably wouldn't have bothered to turn up to the Sindarin (ELvish) lessons PJ invited all the principals to or indeed rehearsals as all Arwen does in canon in the actual book is look pretty and not say a single word.
So - Hollywood prob #1 No really meaty female roles whatsoever (except for Eowyn) but no one'll notice that one of the great heroes of Elven lore Glorfindel (who was the test run for Gandalf and the Balrog) gets chopped out in #1 film so Liv has something to do...
#2 film Lots of faffing about some of which was quite interesting to fans (Gandalf fighting Balrog at the roots of the Silvertine and then on top of the mountain) but mostly not and most certainly not
having all of the Rohirrim from Edoras decamping to Helms Deep as
a) Eowyn never went near the place
b) she went in the opposite direction
to Dunharrow with all the women and non-combatant men
c)there was no warg attack (bloody big rodent-looking wolves) and bust-up involving Aragorn getting a bit beaten up and run off a cliff, or indeed hallucinating about Ms Arwen whilst being licked by his horse and then chased back to Helm's Deep by the Uruk Hai.
d) No Elves from Lorien whatsoever in that Battle - they were having fun with the Mirkwood Elves fighting Orcs in western Mirkwood at the time) but someone thought Haldir had 'gay attraction' (and Craig Parker conveniently came out when the movie did...
) and thought it'd be a good idea to get him killed very 'poignantly' right after Legolam went shield-boarding so the necessary gravitas was restored to the battle inside the Keep of the Hornburg
#3 film - Pellennor too long by far as already noted also
a) Frodo and Sam were nowhere near Osgiliath and Faramir released them in Ithilien not long after they taken Gollum prisoner - if they'd taken Frodo to Osgiliath (the ruined city on the river in Gondor) then the poor little sod would never have got to Mt. Doom in time to chuck the ring away as that would have added about 100 miles to the trek
b) Legolam was on foot miles (well away from the bloody Oliphaunts )attacking the much more urgent attack at the city gates and within the city after the enemy had broken in.
c) the ending was a complete and utter travesty forced on Jackson by the production team (and why he's now the production team on The Hobbit) so there was a 'proper' happy ending...
which meant that the poor Hobbit heroes were robbed of their hour of glory when they evicted Saruman from Bag End and kicked out all the orcs and 'half-orcs' from the Shire, thus taking any credence and nobility from the dear little pixie people and convincing a generation of (mostly American) youth that the Hobbits did nothing but lounge around drinking, stuffing their faces and smoking pipes the live long day.....
These are small crimes against literature for the sake of the 'look' of a genre that could be argued as fairly low key in the pursuit of big box office and making the lead actors look good as often as possible. I don't hate any of the films - they're almost art in some places with the sets and in the casting too a lot of the time - Craig Parker was an excellent Haldir and didn't deserve the stupid mawkish slo-mo death scene. But it was more than he'd have done if they stuck to the book, so good on him for screwing some extra dosh and possibly preventing Ms Arwen's agent from suggesting that perhaps she DID fight at Helm's Deep as well and oh - oooo! wouldn't she look a bit prettier than Legolam doing the shiled boarding part? *throws up
But this is Hollywood and at least they let Jackson stick to the book mostly which is more than they did for Pride and Prejudice (the Greer Garson version
). And at least Disney gave up the screen rights way back in the 70's - can you imagine a singing Nazgul!