After capturing Thorin, the Wood-elves capture the rest of the Company and save them from starvation. Luckily for the Company, Bilbo evades them with help from his new ring and follows the elves in secret as they take the dwarves to their underground kingdom.

The Hobbit: Chapter 9: Barrels Out of Bond

Bilbo spends many days wandering Thranduil’s realm – then realises that it is up to him to save everyone. Still wearing the ring, he lets the whole Company in on his position and then eventually comes up with a risky plan for their escape.

Although not the most comfortable means of escape, escape they do — each dwarf stuffed in a barrel that the elves usually fill with wine for trading with the men down the river.

Does Bilbo’s personality seem different in this chapter? What could be the effects on Bilbo of wearing the ring for several days straight? How are Gandalf and Bilbo similar in this chapter? How are the Wood Elves different from the elves in Rivendell?

And why doesn’t Bilbo ever think of leaving the imprisoned dwarves
behind and going home?

Come join us this weekend in #thehalloffire as we discuss The Hobbit:
Chapter 9: Barrels Out of Bond.

Upcoming topics:

June 12 and June 13: Galadriel/Nerwen Artanis: The Lady of the Golden
Wood and Ring-bearer. June 19 and 20: Themes in Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” movies.

Now, if you have a topic you’d love to see in Hall of Fire, drop us a line! Or maybe you’d like to see one of the topics we’ve done in the past revisited.

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Past topics update:

If you haven’t visited the Hall of Fire page for a while, you might be surprised to see that we recently updated the logs for the last six months. Wander over and check out what everyone had to say for topics such as ‘Little Engimas of LoTR’, ‘Villains in RoTK’ or our fiery ‘Denethor’ chat of late last year.

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