The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - 2013

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - 2013
Movie Info

Rating: PG-13


Age-appropriateness: violent battle sequences, scary images, involves dark magic and spells


Overview: The dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, continue their quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from Smaug. Bilbo Baggins is in possession of a mysterious and magical ring. Along their journey, Bilbo and the dwarves must show great courage as they travel. Many characters are also confronted with the negative repercussions of greed and evil.


Themes: adventure, greed, evil, courage, teamwork, leadership, selfishness, prophecy, wealth, ambition, pride, revenge, selfishness

The Quick 3

Ask these quick questions to hit the major themes of the film.

1. Courage. Can you think of a time where you had to show courage?

  • When Bilbo was about to tell Gandalf that he found the ring in the goblin tunnels, he instead chooses to say that he found his "courage". Balin would go on to say that the "courage of Hobbits" never ceases to amaze him. Courage is being brave enough to make good choices, even when you’re afraid.


2. Greed. Have you ever felt greedy? What causes people to care more about money and toys more than other people?

  • Thror, and many of the dwarfs, loved gold and jewels to an unhealthy degree. They pursued more and more gold as an obsession. They greed lead them into dangerous territory. Smaug was incredibly greedy, caring only for the gold and jewels that he stole from the dwarves. Greed is having a selfish desire for money and toys.


3. Evil. What type of evil in the world do you think you have to watch out for?

  • Gandalf was fearful that his enemy, Sauron, would gain strength and do his evil deeds. Gandalf fought hard to protect Middle-Earth from this primary enemy. We, too, have an enemy in this world that has bad intentions towards people. Gandalf is taking action, much like what we see encouraged in 1 Peter 5:8: "Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour."

  • For more, check out this article on How to Talk to Your Kids About Satan/Evil.

After The Movie Discussion Guide

Follow this 5-10 minute discussion guide to drive an in-depth conversation.

1. Thror, and many of the dwarfs, loved gold and jewels to an unhealthy degree. They pursued more and more gold as an obsession. They greed lead them into dangerous territory. Smaug was incredibly greedy, caring only for the gold and jewels that he stole from the dwarves. Greed is having a selfish desire for money and toys. Have you ever felt greedy? What causes people to care more about money and toys more than other people?


2. The ring began to take over Bilbo, making him selfish and protective of his new piece of jewelry. The ring had a way of deceiving the person that had it, making them think about only one thing: the ring itself. The ring-bearer often found themselves entirely self-focused and hungry for more and more power. Selfishness is caring more about yourself than you care about others. Have you ever been so caught up in something that you started to care more for it than you cared about your friends?


3. There was a well-known prophecy that spoke of Thorin returning to the mountain to reclaim Erebor before Durin's Day. There are many prophecies (over three hundred) in the Bible that were written about Jesus way before he was born – and they all came true! The ONLY way the Bible was able to predict so many things about Jesus is because it’s all true and Jesus is God. If you’d like to check out a few of these fulfilled prophecies, read Isaiah 7:14 (virgin birth), Micah 5:2 (born in Bethlehem), and Malachi 3:1 (coming to the temple). If Jesus fulfilled all of the prophecies about the coming Messiah, what does that tell you about Jesus?


4. Gandalf was fearful that his enemy, Sauron, would gain strength and do his evil deeds. Gandalf fought hard to protect Middle-Earth from this primary enemy. We, too, have an enemy in this world that has bad intentions towards people. Gandalf is taking action, much like what we see encouraged in 1 Peter 5:8: "Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour." What type of evil in the world do you think you have to watch out for?


5. In Lake Town, the Master and Alfrid ruled the people. However, they didn't actually care about the people. They were only concerned about maintaining their authority and status as rulers. All of the decisions they made was to protect themselves, not to care for what's best for the people. Jesus had an entire different view of leadership. In Matthew 23:11-12, He said, "The greatest among you must be a servant. But those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted." What are the differences between the leadership of Jesus and that of the Master of Lake Town?


6. Throughout the story, there are dark spells, magic, and sorcery. Which parts of the movie did you think were real, and which parts were pretend?

Minute By Minute Guide

Use this break down of the entire movie in addition to the “After the Movie” discussion guide. Great for repeat viewings.

:05 Gandalf encourages Thorin to take back his homeland of Erebor. Erebor was taken over by a fire-breathing dragon named Smaug. Why do you think getting back home is so important to Thorin and the other dwarves?


:13 An evil spirit manifested in a black cloud (the Necromancer), promises Azog that "death is coming to all". It's sometimes difficult to think about the fact that we will all eventually die. But in Jesus, we have a great hope. Because once our bodies die on this earth, we will be with Jesus forever in heaven, where there will be no sin! 2 Samuel 14:14 says, "All of us must die eventually. Our lives are like water spilled out on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. But God does not just sweep life away; instead, he devises ways to bring us back when we have been separated from him." Is there anything about death that scares you? For someone whop believes in Jesus, how can dying become a thing of hope?


:20 When Bilbo was about to tell Gandalf that he found the ring in the goblin tunnels, he instead chooses to say that he found his "courage". Balin would go on to say that the "courage of Hobbits" never ceases to amaze him. Courage is being brave enough to make good choices, even when you’re afraid.  Can you think of a time where you had to show courage?


:34 The Elves and the dwarves did not get along. They have long histories of fighting one another. There are lots of examples in the Bible of groups of people that didn't get along. And yet Jesus came to unite everyone, from every nation - even people who are really different! In Galatians 3:28 talks about unity when it says, "There is no longer Jew or Gentile slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus." Is there any group of people that you don't get along with? How might you be able to overcome your differences and be united?


:43 Kili and Tauriel talk about the good memories in their lives and the things that bring them hope and joy. What are some of your favorite memories that bring you hope and joy?


:53 While they were in the rapids, fighting against the orcs, the dwarves all worked together in order to win. They looked out for one another, shared weapons, and used each other's strengths in order to accomplish something they wouldn't have been able to do alone. What's the best team that you've ever been a part of? What made that team so special?


1:02 Thranduil, king of the elves, talks about the nature of evil. He says evil festers and spreads in the dark. Jesus gives us hope, because he's already defeated evil. When He rose from the grave, Jesus showed us that He is more powerful that evil and death itself. Jesus is the "light of the world", and no evil or darkness is more powerful than Him. John 1:5 says, "The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it." Even though there's lots of evil and darkness in the world, how do you feel knowing that Jesus is more powerful and gives us hope that there will one day be no evil?


1:20 Tauriel questions the actions of her king. She says that the king would rather hide away and protect his own kingdom while the rest of the world crumbled against evil. Hebrews 13:16 says, "And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God." Have you ever seen someone who needed help, but you chose not to help them so that you could protect yourself? How can you do good and share with those in need, even if it comes with a cost to you?


1:39 Bilbo refused to give up, even when it seemed like all hope was lost. He continued to try to solve the puzzle to get into the hidden door into the mountain. How quickly do you give up when you encounter a really difficult problem? How can you stick with it and try new ways to solve that problem, refusing to give up?


1:58 Smaug goes on and on about how powerful he is and how no one can defeat him. He thinks very highly of himself and has a very poor view of everyone else. He doesn't care who he hurts, as long as he gets what he wants. Pride is feeling that you are the best and most important. Have you ever felt prideful about yourself? When you feel prideful, what types of behaviors are likely to follow?


2:29 The Dwarves were trying to get revenge with Smaug. He had hurt them and their friends badly, as well as taken away their home. So in return, they wanted to get even. When someone hurts you, do you want to get revenge on them and hurt them back? What might be a more loving response?