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MPAA Rated PG-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images

Sex & Nudity

Violence & Gore

  • Many lengthy battle scenes, without much blood splatter but some slashing and dismembering.
  • Azog the Orc has had his forearm cut off in one of the flashbacks. Later in the movie he is shown wearing a primitive prosthesis - a construction of hooks attached to the stump by piercing the flesh.
  • A severed head is brandished and thrown.
  • An extremely large pile of corpses is shown as the aftermath of a battle.
  • A non-human character's belly is sliced open with a sword. He says something humorous then his throat is sliced as the scene cuts
  • A few heads are (non-gorily) cut off on-screen.
  • A non-human character is stabbed through the throat and thrown to be eaten (offscreen but heard) by wolf-like animals.
  • A non-human character is killed by repeated smashing in the head with a rock, seen from a distance.
  • It is implied that degenerated humanoid characters such as trolls or the creature Gollum might eat other human-like creatures like hobbits, dwarves or goblins.
  • A giant wolf-like animal is killed by stabbing with a sword.
  • A non-human character is killed by repeated stabbing and slashing with a sword.


  • "Balls" is said once, however, it is said for laughs.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Many characters smoke pipes full of "pipeweed". Reference is made to the calming effects of "pipeweed" (Tolkien was clear on the fact that pipeweed is tobacco, not cannabis although the expression on a characters face after having a puff may contradict that).
  • Ale and wine is drunk with a meal.
  • A character is described as crazy because he eats too many forest mushrooms, probably a reference to "shrooms".

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Gollum's appearance may scare younger viewers, especially when he screams in close-up.
  • Characters are almost thrown from a mountainside path and crushed by rocks.
  • There are some very emotional scenes between characters, especially Bilbo and Thorin.


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Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Many lengthy intense battle scenes featuring scary-looking goblins, orcs, and wargs (wolf-like creatures). In the last half of the movie the main characters spend nearly all of their time being chased by, or in combat with, these creatures, and the cumulative effect may be too much for some younger viewers.
  • There are quite a few scenes where a character or an animal is close to death or looks dead and someone cries in pain because of that. For instance when characters are separated during a rock avalanche, when Thorin passes out during the battle or when an animal-loving wizard Radagast tries to save a little hedgehog suffering from an unknown disease.

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