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Hobbit's home on sale for 1.5m
The drawing room where Tolkien wrote part of Lord of the Rings
The house where the celebrated author JRR Tolkien is reported to have written The Hobbit and part of Lord of the Rings has gone on sale for 1.5m.

Number 20 Northmoor Road, Oxford, was home to the writer and his family from 1930 until 1947.

The large detached brick property was one of many built to house some of the county's leading academics in the 1920s, says Carter Jonas estate agents.

Tolkien's study was in the drawing room of the period building.

His family first lived at number 22 but later he acquired the lease of the house next door, which has a larder, breakfast room and six bedrooms.

Selling agent Mark Charter said: "We are very lucky to be instructed to sell number 20 Northmoor Road.

"It has got an amazing history having been built for Basil Blackwell, the famous Oxford publishers, and then the principal Oxford home for the Tolkien family."

Viewing sessions are due to begin next week.

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