As someone who is a huge fan of the original works, including having read The Silmarillion multiple times, what in the actual fuck?
Shelob, daughter of Ungoliant the destroyer of the trees of Valinor, the one who betrayed Melkor to keep them for herself, a hero? One whose sole drive is to take the light and the beautiful and consume them for herself? Shelob literally represents the forces of corruption and destruction, of the destructive nature of unrestrained greed, and she’s the god damn hero?
Nope, no, hell no. Microloot boxes were bad enough. Out. No.
The first game did no great shakes to the lore of LotR either, but I could get past the themes that ran counter to the work. Because I am able to separate it from its inspiration like an adult, and view it on its own merits. This is a bridge too far for me, who is normally very forgiving of translational changes.