Is 'Rings of Power' suitable for your kids to watch? Here's how to decode 'Lord of the Ring's prequel's maturity rating
'The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power' may not have the graphic sex that its competition 'House of the Dragon', but the age rating might still be a cause of concern for parents looking to stream Amazon's series. Prime Video recently gave the fantasy series a 13+ maturity rating meaning the show may be a bit too much for children under 13.
Per the MPFA, the rating letter denotes the level of content. The description reads, "Parents Strongly Cautioned, Some Material May Be Inappropriate for Children Under 13." This may include the content may comprise of stronger language, bloody violence or sexual situations, and drug use. That said,'The Rings of Power' does contain some violence leading to the rating. For those who watched the first two episodes, parents will be careful when it comes to making sure the content is viewable for their children when Episode 3 drops.
Executive producer Patrick McKay previously explained that 'The Rings of Power' is suitable for children over the age of 11. Speaking to Vanity Fair, he explained the goal was "to make a show for everyone, for kids who are 11, 12, and 13, even though sometimes they might have to pull the blanket up over their eyes if it’s a little too scary." He also added: "We talked about the tone in Tolkien’s books."
"This is material that is sometimes scary—and sometimes very intense, sometimes quite political, sometimes quite sophisticated—but it’s also heartwarming and life-affirming and optimistic. It’s about friendship and it’s about brotherhood and underdogs overcoming great darkness.’ The show stars Morfydd Clark and Robert Amarayo as elves Galadriel and Elrond during the Second Age of Middle-Earth. As far as ratings go, 'The Rings of Power' holds a rating of 6.1 on IMDb and 84% on Rotten Tomatoes at the time of writing.
Episodes 1 and 2 of 'The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power' are available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video.