Every year J.R.R. Tolkien's children would receive a wonderful letter from Father Christmas, written in his own shaky hand and with fantastical illustrations. These describe Father Christmas' house, friends, North Pole life, snow-elves, cave-bears, a Polar Bear assistant, an Elf assistant, and elves that helped protect the house against Goblins. This fascinating book provides many photos of the actual letters and illustrations, along with transcripts. 111 pages, softcover.
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 a strange, spidery handwriting and a beautiful colored drawing or painting. The letters were from Father Christmas.
They told wonderful tales of life at the North Pole: how the reindeer got loose and scattered presents all over the place; how the accident-prone North 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, and many more.
No reader, young or old, can fail to be charmed by Tolkien’s inventiveness in this classic holiday treat.
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