Barrels Out of Bond - Chapter IX
After a dangerous encounter with giant spiders in the Mirkwood forest, Bilbo and his dwarven companions encounter Wood-elves. The dwarves all end up captured, but Bilbo slips on the Ring which makes him invisible. He slips away from his companion’s elven captors and follows them to the palace of the Elvenking. Bilbo hid alone in the palace for nearly two weeks before finding Thorin, the leader of dwarves, and then eventually the rest of them. In his wanderings around the palace, Bilbo discovered a stream that flowed through, and out of, the Elvenking’s palace. When Bilbo realizes that this stream is used to float barrels of wine to nearby Lake-Town, his plan for escape begins to unfold. Using the invisibility granted to him by his ring, Bilbo steals the jailcell keys from a sleeping guard, frees all the dwarves, and hides them in barrels. In a matter of moments, the dwarves and Bilbo are floating down the stream on their way to Lake-Town.