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This isn't just about LotR, but PJ's general pattern of iconoclastic cynicism-- i.e. deriding traditional values and original intentions with his own crude Philistine defacement as a show of disdain and triumph.
This stands behind the anti-hero tone of his various works; in King Kong as well as LotR, heroes and villains alike become pathetic twits (Jack Black is a living example there, as in his on LotR parody), while female roles are expanded and altered to wear the pants.
King Kong followed the model of the 70's version, in which values were stood on their head ala "Shrek," with similar in-your-face preachiness and condescension.

We've seen (or heard of) similar iconoclasm in art via Robert Maplethorpe, i.e. desecrating values and related icons for some alleged artistic merit; however the difference is that those images were original, while Jackson's films is clearly someone else's work, and deliberately destroys the intended meaning.
In both films, the main characters win only by sheer deus ex machina, after every value which would have saved them.

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