From Tolkien Gateway

I'm the creator and maintainer of the Shire Reckoning project, currently hosted by

I was only a casual fan of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, until I learned about the Shire Calendar just before the Peter Jackson Hobbit films were released. I quickly became fascinated by the Shire Reckoning, and shortly after by all the calendars described in Appendix D, which have been one of my main hobbies ever since.

My username comes from one of my hobbit characters in The Lord of the Rings Online, which I chose because it not only looks like a Hobbit name, but it's also very close to the Italian word merlo, which means "blackbird".