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

Find out which Tolkien-tastic apps, books, games, movies, and TV shows are appropriate for every age.

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the hobbit and lord of the rings age by age guide

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

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 guide makes it easy for you to treat your kids to the stories and spin-offs when they're ready. Keep in mind that all kids are different, so consider your child's ability to handle peril and conflict before journeying into this enchanting, complex world.

Age 4–6

Even preschoolers can enjoy Hobbit-inspired shows.


Age 7–9

A great age to officially enter Middle-earth together.


Read: The Hobbit

Age 10–11

Preteen-friendly entertainment that's less intense than the LOTR trilogy.



Age 12

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




Age 13–17

If your teens have read the books and watched the movies, they can probably handle these action-packed games.


Age 18+: Not for kids

Extreme violence makes these games better suited for adults.


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