Where does Tolkien talk about hybridization of humans and other beings, in "On Fairy Stories"?

I just re-read it, and can't find the spot.

Is it just a small mention, related to the Frog Prince or something?

I got the info from TVTropes's info on the essay, which says, or used to say:

Heinz Hybrid: He mentions this, and notes that it can lead to unimpressive results if overdone.

Where Heinz Hybrid is:

A hybrid of an implausible number of different species.


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We cannot of course know the exact passage TV Tropes have in mind without asking the author, but I suspect it might be this.

If men really could not distinguish between frogs and men, fairy-stories about frog-kings would not have arisen.

Fantasy can, of course, be carried to excess. It can be ill done. It can be put to evil uses.

  • What's the exact source of this quote?
    – Rand al'Thor
    Oct 11, 2020 at 21:59
  • @Randal'Thor On Fairy Stories by Tolkein. Approx page 9 depending on printing. Oct 12, 2020 at 7:58
  • Oops, I just saw the OP already mentioned a specific text. Sorry, I'm an idiot today.
    – Rand al'Thor
    Oct 12, 2020 at 8:43

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