The rest of the dwarves are caught by the Wood-elves and taken to the Elvenking. They stay for a week and then they decide to go for the mountain. They have a new respect for Bilbo, after he saves them from the spiders and develops the castle escape plan. Greed abounds in the world. Examples of particular antagonists include the Great Goblin, the spiders of Mirkwood, and the great dragon Smaug. Bard sends the wealth to the Master of the Lake-town, and he sends the Emeralds of Girion to the Elven King. As Bilbo and the dwarves go to bed, Gandalf warns them that they must not go outside until morning.
Chapter 15: The Gathering of the Clouds Summary: During the time of Thror at the Lonely Mountain, the ravens were great friends of the dwarves. The dwarves are grateful to be freed from their cells, but they are not happy about the thought of floating in a barrel down a river. Balin and Gandalf visit him, and to his surprise he hears about how the songs and prophecies of their visit to Lake Town have come true. The dwarves are looking everywhere for the Arkenstone — which is hidden in a bundle Bilbo used as a pillow. Bilbo thus wins the riddle game by sheer luck, but Gollum decides that he wants to eat him anyway.
He tells them stories of the dangerous forest of Mirkwood, which they must pass through on their journey east. As a bear, at night, however, he kills Goblins and Wargs, and the power of darkness represented by that nighttime transformation is so threatening that Gandalf warns Bilbo and the dwarves not to go outside the house till morning. If Bilbo wins, Gollum will show Bilbo the way out of the cave. He is fierce, but also kind. Chapter 6: Out of the Frying-pan into the Fire Summary: After escaping the goblins and Gollum, Bilbo meets the dwarves and Gandalf. Gollum does not wish to contend with the sword, so he proposes a riddle game. Gandalf manipulates language to trick Beorn into housing all fourteen of them at the same time.
Beorn has been tracking the party in the form of a bear as they traveled towards the gate of the Mirkwood. Instead of enjoying his present shelter, he longs for his old home. Chapter 17: The Clouds Burst Men and elves call Thorin to the gate the next morning. Beorn is a skin-changer shape shifter who sometimes transforms into a bear. At this point, Bilbo sees an opportunity to slay Gollum, but out of pity chooses not to.
Bilbo packs the dwarves into empty barrels while the elves are occupied with a great feast. A few years later, one autumn evening, Gandalf and Balin visit Bilbo. Evidence of a great gathering of bears the night before had led Gandalf back to the woods where they had earlier encountered the Wargs, and he implies that Beorn has gone there, too. The group enters Mirkwood forest, and begins the most dangerous part of its journey. Bilbo, alone, finds out that he has the capability to rescues the dwarves with ingenuity; the help of his magic ring, and his little sword, which he names Sting. The next day, both Beorn and Gandalf are missing for the entire day. Evening comes as they pass through a grove of trees.
They make haste to the edge of Mirkwood Forest, though they've been warned multiple times not to enter it. Gollum's greatest fault is his willingness to invisibly stalk blind things. Of course, the wolves cannot carry out their attack on the town because the goblins have not shown up at the appointed hourand this is because they are mourning their leader and looking for the dwarves. Also like Thorin, the dwarves are thrown into the dungeon. However, the moment they burst into the clearing, the lights are snuffed out, and the dwarves and Bilbo can hardly find one another.
Chapter 16: A Thief in the Night Summary: Bilbo is unhappy with the current situation and he disagrees to Thorin's views. He likes the new way the dwarves are treating him and does not want to end it. A growling sound outside -- like a huge bear -- punctuates his warning. It is hard to sleep because there are myriad animals on both sides of the road. He finds additional runes on the map, giving directions for opening a door on Durin's Day, which they do not really understand.
Chapter 14: Fire and Water Summary: Smaug flies to Lake-town with one agenda — to destroy the town and people who aided his enemies. This happens every time they approach the lights, but the last time Bilbo becomes separated from the group and is put to sleep by a spider. But most of the people are saved and are on the shore. We are glad that Bilbo is a light sleeper and he is a hero for itand this is not the first time. Chapter 18: The Return Journey Bilbo wakes to find the battle is over. As soon as they show themselves to the elves under the lights, the lights go out leaving them alone in the pitch dark forest.
They reveal themselves to the Master of Lake-Town at a feast, and are welcomed; although, the elven river men exclaim they are escaped vagabonds. Finally, he escapes the mountains and goes outside. The lights go out and the Great Goblin is killed by the sword belonging to Gandalf. And so, the chapter ends with Bilbo lodged in a safe place, sleeping soundly. Chapter 9: Barrels out of Bond Summary: The wood-elves come back and imprison the rest of the gang except Bilbo as he slips on his ring and becomes invisible. Chapter 11: On the Doorstep Summary: The gang reaches the Lonely Mountain and spend days trying to find the secret door. If he wins, Gollum will show him the way out, and if he loses, Gollum will eat him.
He puts them all into the dungeon. The journey to the edge of Mirkwood takes several days and Bilbo spots the figure of a giant bear watching them in the evening. Chapter 15: The Gathering of the Clouds Bard comes out of the lake as people morn his death, and they acclaim him, but he chooses to work with the current Master of the town to deal with all the destruction. Bilbo rescues the all dwarves except Thorin as he has already been imprisoned by the wood-elves. He shouts and is knocked unconscious by a stone. He takes them to see Beorn the skin-changer, who farms a vast property some distance away. It takes him a few tries, but he manages to grab it, then he throws another rope to the other side and anchors it in some branches.