Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien
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.
I found ‘Letters from Father Christmas’ by J.R.R. Tolkien, a delightful read and the pictures of the letters themselves, and other drawings, added an interesting aspect to the book. This book is a great addition to your library, and a must-have coffee table read in the weeks before Christmas.
‘Letters From Father Christmas’ is a collection of the Letters that J.R.R. Tolkien’s children received from Father Christmas for over twenty years; between 1920 and 1943. Each letter is reprinted along with their accompanying hand-drawn illustrations and North Pole post markings.
J.R.R. Tolkien, best known for his epic fantasy ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Hobbit” was also the proud dad of four children. Over the course of many years, he wrote and illustrated detailed, whimsical letters from Father Christmas, populated with a clumsy polar bear, elves and goblins.
As his children grew older, Tolkien explained to them, as best he could, about poverty and being hungry with no food in sight. Later on, he, as Father Christmas wrote to them about war and the hard times it brought to many families.
In ‘Letters from Father Christmas’, J.R.R. Tolkien brought love to his children, but also the innocence and sweetness that comes with the Christmas Season to all.
This Book Review was written for the ‘Award Winning Books Reading Challenge’ at: http://main.gatheringbooks.org/
Book #10 for AWBRC