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The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings Age-by-Age Guide

Find out which Hobbit and Lord of the Rings apps, books, games, movies, and TV shows are appropriate for every age.

Topics: Recommendations

If your kids are looking for an epic fantasy adventure, J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are good places to start. Generations have been drawn to Frodo's heroic quest, which has spawned dozens of books, TV shows, and video games.

There may be One Ring to rule them all, but not every piece of The Hobbit and LOTR entertainment is appropriate for all ages. This age-by-age guide allows kids to enjoy the stories and spin-offs when they're ready. Keep in mind that all kids are different, so assess your child's ability to handle peril and conflict before you see the movies and TV shows or play the apps and games.

Age 4–6: Even preschoolers can enjoy Hobbit-inspired shows.

Age 7–9: A great age to watch and read together.

Age 10–11: Tween-friendly entertainment that's less violent and scary than the LOTR trilogy.

Age 12: Expect more action and violence in Tolkien's books and the adaptations.

Age 13 and up: If your teens have read the books and watched the movies, they can probably handle anything in these games.

Not for kids: Extreme violence makes these games better suited for adults.

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