Originally Posted by DKDetective
I don't know how much Jackson loves the source material because practically none of the added material is actually from the appendices or Tolkien. The movie is so horrendously unfaithful to the books. The thing I've always disliked Jackson for is that he makes changes, but not in service of the themes or spirit of the source material. Typically, the changes undermines those things. Before TDKR, Nolan typically was the opposite, his changes to story or characters arguably served the the spirit or themes of the source material.
Well that is definitely a different situation.
I've never read the original series. I was basing that off of the reports about the added appendices.
But as you say, I agree, all changes to any source material should be in the spirit of character and theme.