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I have been a Tolkien fan and participant to this wiki for several years. I consider myself a "Tolkienologist"; although I am no way one of the most erudite, I think that Tolkienologists can boast our love of Tolkien's creation in the same manner Tolkien himself did; not only as readers. I think that we can admire Arda and see its beauty when we decompose it, and discover the skeleton behind those stories: languages, etymologies, Tolkiennymy, family trees, timeline, geography and calendars.

Needless to say that participating in TG, I have uncovered views on some topics that I never noticed before.

Hopefully, the Professor himself would appreciate us since, to my understanding he was also a geek. I believe he acknowledged the concept of geekery in this description:

"The genealogical trees at the end of the Red Book of Westmarch are a small book in themselves, and all but Hobbits would find them exceedingly dull. Hobbits delighted in such things, if they were accurate: they liked to have books filled with things that they already knew, set out fair and square with no contradictions."
Concerning Hobbits (which is also a way to describe a wikiholic)

I view this wiki also as an educational resource. If something is fun, make it also useful so that everyone can gain. For this reason I give some special emphasis to the "Etymology" and "Inspiration" sections, even when I border to "original research". I expect that such information can be helpful, not only to Elvish linguists, but anyone who'd wish to know more about how real myths or languages work. Tolkien applied his knowledge of Germanic and Celtic languages on his constructed languages.

Mainly I try to be a "wikifairy". Improve random articles here and there, put the text in chronological order, add images to create a beautiful narrative and so on.

I also try to reconstruct some maps, heavily based on those by Karen Wynn Fonstad, and some by User:Smeagol; this way I hope TG can avoid using "fair use" maps. To see some of this work, see Historical_Atlas

Disclaimer: I am a very absent-minded and forgetful person, awkward and all thumbs; this means I am very prone to typing and syntax mistakes, most of which I can notice only after I saved my edits. I am used to saving my edits every few seconds and continue with additions and corrections. A new page created by me is complete not before my first 3 or 4 edits, and improvements follow now and then. I know this "pollutes" an article's history but believe me, I have tried and I can't do otherwise. Apologies and thanks for your understanding :D