Is The Hobbit OK for My Kids?
Bilbo and battling burglars
The Hobbit Redeems Bad Role Models. “At the same time,” Jones continues, “though Bilbo struggles at times with a touch of Tookishness, yearning for wealth and adventure, in the end, he shows mercy to the evil creature Gollum and seeks peace instead of personal gain. When the dwarves' greed threatens war, Bilbo gives away a particularly precious stone in an attempt to bring elves, men, and dwarves together. In the end, Bilbo's redemptive actions cause the dwarven leader to admit that "if more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world."