The Man Who Understands Hobbits
The Man Who Understands Hobbits is the title of an interview with J.R.R. Tolkien by Charlotte and Denis Plimmer, published in The Daily Telegraph Magazine, on 22 March 1968. The interview was conducted on 30 November 1966.
"Spiders," observed Professor J.R.R. Tolkien, cradling the word with the same affection that he cradled the pipe in his hand, "are the particular terror of northern imaginations."
Discussing one of his own monsters, a man-devouring, spider-like female, he said, "The female monster is certainly no deadlier than the male, but she is different. She is a sucking, strangling, trapping creature."
"I never expected a money success," said Tolkien, pacing the room, as he does constantly when he speaks "in fact, I never even thought of commercial publication when I wrote THE HOBBIT back in the Thirties."
- Christina Scull and Wayne G. Hammond (2006), The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide: I. Chronology, p. 681
- J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 294, (dated 8 February 1967)
- "Daily Telegraph Magazine. 1968", TolkienBooks.net (accessed 17 March 2014)