Heritage minister Andrew McIntosh announced this week that J R R Tolkien's former home, a 1920s eight-bedroom house, in north Oxford, will be grade II listed. Between 1930 and 1947 Tolkien wrote The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy in the drawing room.
Despite having no special architectural qualities, the house on Northmoor Road will get the extra protection from alteration or demolition that listed building status confers because of its historical importance.
McIntosh said: "The house is largely unaltered since Tolkien's time.
As such, it is an important part of our national heritage and worthy of the additional layer of protection that listing brings."