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The wood elves capture the dwarves for trespassing in their lands without permission. They would have captured Bilbo too, if not for the fact that he was wearing a magical ring that made him invisible.

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Q: Why do the wood elves capture the dwarves and not Bilbo in ''The Hobbit'?
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