Letters from Father Christmas
Every December an envelope bearing a stamp from the North Pole would arrive for J.R.R.Tolkien’s children. Inside would be a letter in strange spidery handwriting and a beautiful coloured drawing or some sketches. The letters were from Father Christmas. They told wonderful tales of life at the... show more
Every December an envelope bearing a stamp from the North Pole would arrive for J.R.R.Tolkien’s children. Inside would be a letter in strange spidery handwriting and a beautiful coloured drawing or some sketches. The letters were from Father Christmas.
They told wonderful tales of life at the North Pole: how all the reindeer got loose and scattered presents all over the place; how the accident-prone Polar Bear climbed the North Pole and fell through the roof of Father Christmas’s house into the dining-room; how he broke the Moon into four pieces and made the Man in it fall into the back garden; how there were wars with the troublesome horde of goblins who lived in the caves beneath the house!
Sometimes the Polar Bear would scrawl a note, and sometimes Ilbereth the Elf would write in his elegant flowing script, adding yet more life and humour to the stories. No reader, young or old, can fail to be charmed by the inventiveness and ‘authenticity’ of Tolkien’s Letters from Father Christmas.
Publish date: 2012-02-15
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
Pages no: 160
Edition language: English
What a sweet set of letters set before during and after WWI and II. It shows how his route grew and how he is able to deliver to so many children. His life at the North Pole and North Polar Bear as a helper and how the elves started working for him. Such a fun read. I wish I had known about these wh...
This book was very whimsical and made me feel like I was the same age as Tolkien's children and growing with them. I could almost imagine the things Tolkien wrote (as Father Christmas) were true happenings and Tolkien really was F.C., and somehow was leading two lives, one with his children and one ...
What a treat these letters must have been for Tolkien’s children! Father Christmas (and buddies) corresponded with them throughout their childhood, telling all about his home at the North Pole and including thrilling adventure stories of marauding goblins. Audiobook version via Audible, competentl...
I really liked it! But I would have preferred the English original publication, plus of course the entire letters (all the years) and the wonderful stamps and drawings!It was a lovely Christmas read and I intend to read the letters to my children, because it is just so adorable! (but maybe, I add so...
Absolutely wonderful and yet... Rather sad. Maybe me wish I could return to childhood or instill into the rest of the world the innocence of a child's mind... Gosh, that was maudlin. Full review to come.