The Master of Lake-Town (TA 2890 ? – TA 2941) was the original leader of Laketown when Bilbo Baggins and his companions arrived. He is described as being greedy. Contrary to popular opinion, he was not a rival or enemy of Bard the Bowman. He actually was depicted as being a close companion of Bard’s, and even allowed Bard to remain in Esgaroth while the Lakemen recovered from their ordeal with Smaug.