The Father Christmas Letters
Published by George Allen & Unwin
FIRST EDITION & FIRST PRINTING
Father Christmas Letters is a collection of letters written and
illustrated by J. R. R. Tolkien between 1920 and 1942 for his children,
from "Father Christmas".
tell of the adventures and misadventures of Father Christmas and his
helpers, including the North Polar Bear and his two sidekick cubs, Paksu
and Valkotukka. - J.R.R. Tolkien was best known for his epic fantasy
"Lord of the Rings" and his studies in myth and language.
Tolkien was also the proud Dad of four kids - and he didn't just read "Hobbit" to them at bedtime.
the course of many years, he wrote and illustrated detailed, whimsical
letters from Father Christmas, populated with a clumsy polar bear, elves
these letters, Father Christmas kept the Tolkien children updated with
stories about the hijinks at the North Pole - the slapsticky North Polar
Bear and all the things he broke, firework explosions, the discovery of
ancient caves full of old cave drawings, and battles with the goblins.
(When Father Christmas couldn't write, his Elvish secretary filled in)
old-school style of writing is a bit formal and very correct, but he
tosses in comments of exasperation, amusement, and in the last letter, a
sort of sad resignation that children will grow up.
course, Tolkien's detailed, colorful, fantastical, intricate pictures
are what make the letters come alive; you can imagine the Tolkien kids
eagerly examining the pictures as well as the written words.
Tolkien also sprinkles the stories with
things that his kids were probably intrigued by, like prehistoric cave
paintings, fireworks, and a comic bear who causes all kinds of mayhem.
And fans of Tolkien's fantasy works will probably enjoy checking out
things like the invented Elf language (as written by the secretary
Ilbereth) and goblin language.
Tolkien includes a letter from the North
Polar Bear in the latter language. "Letters From Father Christmas" won't
exactly make you believe in Santa Claus again, but it is one of the
prettiest and most charming Christmas picture books out there.
Definitely recommended - and not just for Tolkien fans too.
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