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Letters From Father Christmas

by J.R.R. Tolkien

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | November 22, 1999 | Hardcover

Letters From Father Christmas is rated 5 out of 5 by 4.
Every December, an envelope 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 color drawing. The letters told wonderful tales of life at the North Pole: how all the reindeer 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; how he broke the Moon into four pieces and made the Man in it fall into the back garden; how there were wars with a troublesome horde of goblins. Sometimes the Polar Bear would scrawl a note, adding yet more humor to the stories. No reader, young or old, can fail to be charmed by the inventiveness of Tolkien''s Father Christmas Letters.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 160 pages, 11.3 × 8.9 × 0.8 in

Published: November 22, 1999

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 061800937X

ISBN - 13: 9780618009374

Found in: Science Fiction and Fantasy
Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly recommended My 8 year old granddaughter, who is a Tolkien fan, loved the book which I bought her for Christmas.
Date published: 2013-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful book!!!! In a world where we live in such a fast paced society with electronics and texting etc. It was a pleasure to sit back and enjoy this wonderful book. The letters are from 1920-1943 and were all written for Tolkien's children at Christmas. He brings in characters such as polar bear and is two nephews, elves and goblins to make his stories more exciting. This book is a treasure to keep and re-read over again.The illustrations are delightful along with his fancy lettering with the letters. They also had a North Pole stamp on the envelope. I am so happy that they were saved and eventually put into a beautiful hardcover book. My daughters also enjoyed this book thoroughly. It's a keeper.
Date published: 2012-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tolkien + Christmastime = Brilliance Tolkien writes as Father Christmas (aka Santa Claus) to his young children... it's like he was born to play (& narrate) the role
Date published: 2008-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Charming and funny You knew Tolkien was an incredible writer, but did you know he was a skilled artist as well? The Father Christmas Letters are a compilation of the letters he sent his children each year when they were young. Writing in the guise of Father Christmas, Tolkien combined stories and art together to make these charming letters, most of which have been gathered together in this volume. I love it, and it's particularly great for this time of year. Perfect for the child who loved the Hobbit.
Date published: 2007-11-24

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Letters From Father Christmas

by J.R.R. Tolkien

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 160 pages, 11.3 × 8.9 × 0.8 in

Published: November 22, 1999

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 061800937X

ISBN - 13: 9780618009374

From the Publisher

Every December, an envelope 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 color drawing. The letters told wonderful tales of life at the North Pole: how all the reindeer 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; how he broke the Moon into four pieces and made the Man in it fall into the back garden; how there were wars with a troublesome horde of goblins. Sometimes the Polar Bear would scrawl a note, adding yet more humor to the stories. No reader, young or old, can fail to be charmed by the inventiveness of Tolkien''s Father Christmas Letters.

About the Author

J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973), beloved throughout the world as the creator of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, was a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford, a fellow of Pembroke College, and a fellow of Merton College until his retirement in 1959. His chief interest was the linguistic aspects of the early English written tradition, but even as he studied these classics he was creating a set of his own.

From Our Editors

That silly Polar Bear has done it again! He has climbed up the North Pole and fallen through Father Christmas’ roof! He also broke the moon up into four pieces, forcing the man in the moon into the back garden. J.R.R. Tolkien’s inventive imagination is the force behind Letters From Father Christmas. In it, Tolkien tells the tale of how every year at Christmastime, a letter would arrive from the North Pole and when his children opened it, they would find strange, spidery writing and a beautiful drawing depicting what life was like at the North Pole. If you love that accident-prone Polar Bear and the reindeer that scatter presents all over the place, wait until you read about the troublesome horde of goblins!  

Editorial Reviews

"Tolkien at his relaxed and ingenious best."

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12