Lake Town Master
Master of Lake-town is the title given to the elected leader of Esgaroth. The Master of the town when Bilbo and Thorin’s Company arrived in The Hobbit was portrayed as capable, but more than a little greedy and cowardly. His name was never given, although he earned the unpopular title “money bags” later. He was one of the few people in the town who did not eagerly welcome Bilbo and the Dwarves, fearing reprisal from the Wood Elf King.
When Lake-town was destroyed by Smaug, the Master was largely held accountable, especially since he was one of the first to flee. Bard the Bowman, who had slain the dragon, was the hero of the people but he refused to seize control, insisting on working with the Master who did all he could to shift the blame onto the Dwarves.
The Master did not fight in the Battle of Five Armies, instead, he stayed behind to direct the rebuilding of the town. Afterwards Bard gave much gold to the Master for the people of the town, but the Master fell under “dragon sickness” and kept the gold for himself, fleeing Long Lake only to die of starvation in the wastes. It was afterwards stated by Gandalf that a new Master had been elected who was more wise.