Is The Hobbit OK for My Kids?
Bilbo and battling burglars
The Hobbit Lionizes Bad Role Models. One parental complaint about The Hobbit is that its hero, Bilbo Baggins, is not a positive Christian role model. In response, Dr. Jones says, “As for Bilbo's character, yes, he's a burglar and a bit of a trickster, much like Jacob in the book of Genesis. But that's precisely the point: The hobbit becomes a hero not because his ethics or efforts are so pristine but because a greater power has chosen to work through him. This benevolent providence that works in spite of Bilbo's character is made clear as prophecies are fulfilled in Bilbo’s adventure.”