I've Read The Lord Of The Rings TwiceI read it as a kid back in the early 1970's and then I read it again about 10 years ago, before the movie came out. I have to say, Peter Jackson did a fabulous job. I know he deviated from the books on several different occasions. But then that's what film directors do. It's called creative license and I think he did a fine job of it.
I know people that have read the books like 40 times. ??? OK are we looking for the secrete of life or something. It was just a story. Yes, a good one. An epic even. But Peter Jackson's changes, I thought, were brilliant in some cases. He did a great job of remaking King Kong Too!