A Southland man is confident in his bid to rename a Fiordland mountain after a popular author.

Aaron Nicholson wants the currently unnamed peak to be called Mt Tolkien, after The Hobbit and Lord of The Rings author JRR Tolkien.

It briefly featured in a Lord of The Rings film.

Mr Nicholson's proposal is now with the New Zealand Geographic Board.

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He says if he can gather enough public support, he's pretty confidence of his chances.

"I've had a couple of peaks named here after famous New Zealand astronomers, and a couple of mountains.

"They had a lot of support from people in the universities, so I think that went a long way to helping."