Ok, @Chaosmancer, you're not even trying to argue in good faith now. If you honestly want to claim that LotR has 20 characters? Lessee, who did you leave out? Off the top of my head - Faramir, all the hobbits in Hobbiton like Ruby and the ones that steal Bilbo's home and the farmer with the mushrooms, The Nine Ringwraiths, Gollum, the big spider thingie whose name I forget, Galadriel. And I'm not even a big Tolkien fan.
If the Sackville-Baggins and Ruby count (and the nine Ringwraiths count separately), then I need help orienting myself to what counts as important enough before I continue in doing a count on "The Swords of Lankhmar":
Going through the first three chapters -
Fafhrd and Mouser obviously count
Slinoor, Hisvet, Frix, Lukeen all get a bit of writing and at least one is major throughout iirc
Sheelba, Ningauble, Glipkerio Kistomerces, Hisvin all show up a bit later or in previous books
I don't remember if the Chamberlain shows up later, and I'm guessing Karl Treuherz doesn't count even though our dimension crossing German does show up on more pages than I remember (with a mention several pages after he's goner).
Jumptng to the end, do the four gods of Llankhmar all count?
Anyway, I'm hoping to get some rules so I'll be able to determine which of Elakeria, Reetha, Hreest, Skwee, Radomix Kistomerces-Null, Kreeshkra, that I see skimming the last few chapters would count (not to mention any others showing up in the middle).