\'\'\'Author\'s Introduction\'\'\' As with most cities and large towns, Tharbad had a problem with beggars. Disease, war and worsening economic conditions force many to rely upon the generosity of people more fortunate than themselves. The large numbers of travelers, merchants and benevolent Dúnedain ensure that many who would otherwise starve on the streets or freeze to death in winter live to see another day. However, not all that receive the pity and charity of these generous people are so deserving. For some, begging is a profession, and at the top of this profession stands the Beggar-king.