Martin Ravenwicke was born in the Man-town of Dale during a relatively prosperous period in the towns history, following the slaying of Smaug the Golden and the subsequent Battle of the Five Armies. His father, Barind Ravenwicke, was descended from a long line of hunters and woodsmen from the Northlands. These skills were passed on to Martin from a very early age, and while he became a master of all that he was taught, in the area of archery he truly excelled.
He spent his youth hunting and trapping in the wilds around Lonely Mountain, which often brought him into contact with Dwarves. Martin developed something of a reputation with the Dwarves of Lonely Mountain during this period in his life, often joining scouting parties and twice rescuing lost contingents of Dwarves unfortunate enough to get caught in the sometimes-severe weather in the area. He is considered a Dwarf-Friend, sometimes referred to by the Dwarves as Khazad Giluk or "Dwarf of the Green."
As years went by Martin found himself in the wilds less often for the purposes hunting and trapping. Rather, the majority of his time was spent scouting for the Dwarves in the lands to the south, and around the borders of Mirkwood the Great to the west for movements of ever-increasing numbers of orcs, goblins, and other vile servants of The Enemy. Although many of the men of Dale refused to accept it, war was coming and the Dwarves knew it.
When Dale was finally attacked by an army of Easterlings sent by Sauron himself, the dwarves were prepared. Most of the townsfolk of Dale managed to escape the army, fleeing to the relative safety of Lonely Mountain through the Front Gate. Martin was scouting the enemies southern flank at the time of the attack, and was cut-off from Lonely Mountain. He was forced to flee and traveled to the ranger stronghold of Esteldin. It was here that he met a curious Hobbit named Boffo, who invited him to join the Servants of the Secret Fire, a group of like-minded heroes intent on bringing a final end to the Dark Lord's reign.