When we last saw our heroes, they had traveled the Old Forest Road and spent several weeks enjoying the sights of Lake-Town (Esgaroth). Upon one fine mid-summer morning they were in the markets, buying traveling gear of fine make. As they were leaving, they chanced to hear a conversation between a dwarf and one of the passers-by. It seems the dwarf, Nár, had traveled to Erabor (the Lonely Mountain) with a great many other dwarves of the Iron Hills after the defeat of Smaug. He left a brother, Svior, in one of the dwarven-towns there and greatly desires to hear news of his people. His job in the mountain smithing-halls prevents him from making the trip himself, but he has prepared a small bundle of gifts for his brother. Caranthir and Halmir (our heroes!) can see that the bundle contains an ordinary-looking axe of dwarf-make and a variety or trinkets and childrens’ toys.