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William "Bill" Cater is a British journalist who interviewed J.R.R. Tolkien on 2 August 1966. Cater later became a friend of Tolkien and they exchanged several letters (see Letters 322, 330, and 331). In 1977, Cater made an interview with Christopher Tolkien, concerning the publication of The Silmarillion.
In a 1972 article celebrating Tolkien's upcoming 80th birthday, Cater coined a famous expression which was to be used on the dustwrappers of an edition of The Lord of the Rings:
- "The English-speaking world is divided into those who have read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and those who are going to read them."
- ― William Cater, The Sunday Times (UK)
- 1966: Daily Express, 22 November
- "Lord of the Hobbits" (p.10)
- 1972: Sunday Times Magazine, January 1 [or 2? (in the letters)]
- "The Lord of the Legends"
- 1977: Sunday Times Magazine, 25 September
- "The filial duty of Christopher Tolkien" (pp. 61, 63. Photo of Christopher Tolkien on p. 61.)
- 1978: The Tolkien Scrapbook
- "The Filial Duty of Christopher Tolkien"
- 2001: Telegraph, December 4