I like the light style of this story. You've put together interesting characters (yeah, hobbits!) and I like the way they're interacting. My question: "irascible charm"? He strikes me as more easygoing than hot-tempered.
Author's Response: That was my first acossiation of "irascible charm" as well, but my friend, who is a native speaker unlike myself assured me that it meant "scoundrelly - roguish but adorable because of it" ... and that is just how Merimac is. I'm growing more and more fond of characters that are only named in the family trees and I'm glad you enjoyed reading about them. Thanks!