This first book by Steve follows the journey of Bilbo Baggins and the company of dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield in a quest to recover their lost treasures.
Steve traces their journey by identifying the route taken in The Hobbit with that of the towns and villages in the Cotswolds from Chipping Norton to Cadair Idris in Snowdonia.
Along the way the reader is treated to a wealth of information on the folklore, history and geography of the regions, tying in with the adventures of the courageous hobbit and his friends.
Just released in hard back form, is book number two, the first of Steve’s planned Lord of the Rings trilogy, which is already available as an e-book.
In this second book, the journey of Frodo and his friends is traced from Hobbiton (Chipping Norton) to Rivendell (Great Malvern), with Steve bringing to life all the places, rivers and features that they encounter along the way.
But this is so much more than a trail of place names, with the history of the sites fundamental to their naming: many names are built up from Welsh root words: Car-dol-an represents the Cotswolds, Rhud-aur shows the Golden Valley about Stroud, whilst by a build-up from English, Steve takes Fornost to stand for Birmingham.
The book is also a kind of guide book to Mother-earth. In this latest one, the reader will learn more about the Cotswolds and their history than they ever knew before.
Steve’s books may be purchased through Amazon and Troubadour.