The property where JRR Tolkien is thought to have inspired Lord of the Rings is on sale
The property, on the island of Eigg in the Inner Hebrides, boasts views of the dramatic mountains on the neighbouring island of Rum.
Tolkien enthusiasts believe the writer holidayed at the house and that the unforgettable landscapes helped him conjure up the Mountains of Mordor.
The English author, whose epic high-fantasy novel was published in 1954, is reputed to have visited the island in the 1930s or 1940s, and to have stayed at Howlin House on the north end of the island.
According to the estate agent, MacPhee and Partners, the 18th century house "enjoys a truly exceptional position on the north end of the Isle of Eigg, and boasts spectacular panoramic views towards the Isle of Rum and beyond".
Tolkien is thought to have stayed in the house in the 1930s and 1940s
The description adds: "This idyllic and private location is believed to be where JRR Tolkien stayed and took inspiration for The Lord of the Rings trilogy."
This idyllic and private location is believed to be where JRR Tolkien stayed
Speaking in 2002, Eigg historian Camille Dressler said: "I have no way of proving it, but there has been a long-standing local story that Tolkien stayed in it in the 1930s or 1940s and that the views of Rum had inspired him in writing The Lord of the Rings."
She added: "Howlin is from Norse and it means something like 'under the stony hill'.
"It is a lovely old house. It was built in the 1790s with money from kelp and became a shepherd's house when the island's economy went to sheep in the mid-19th century."
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The author is said to have taken inspiration for his trilogy from the landscape
The B-listed home was last sold 14 years ago with an asking price of just £40,000 but, with property for sale rare on the island today, the price tag has rocketed to £230,000.
Eigg is a kidney-shaped island just five miles by three miles and has a population of fewer than 100.