160 pages, 11.3 × 8.9 × 0.8 in
November 22, 1999
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!
"Tolkien at his relaxed and ingenious best."