Simon J. Cook

Sometimes I work on The Hobbit, sometimes the early drafts of The Lord of the Rings, and sometimes on J.R.R. Tolkien’s Beowulf scholarship. The Guide to Stairs is an amble through the early drafts of the second Hobbit story, and a hidden foundation of Seeing Stones, wherein an Anglo-Saxon tower imagined in 1936 reveals the design of The Lord of the Rings.