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by J. R. R Tolkien

The Father Christmas letters download ebook
ISBN:
0048231304
ISBN13:
978-0048231307
Author:
J. R. R Tolkien
Publisher:
Allen & Unwin (1976)
Language:
Pages:
48 pages
ePUB:
1356 kb
Fb2:
1529 kb
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Category:
Fantasy
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Rating:
4.8

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. To the children of J. R. Tolkien, the interest and importance of Father Christmas extended beyond his filling of their stockings on Christmas Eve; for he wrote a letter to them every year, in which he described in words and pictures his house, his friends, and the events, hilarious or alarming, at the North Pole. The first of the letters came in 1920, when John, the eldest, was three years old; and for over twenty years, through the childhoods of the three other children, Michael, Christopher and Priscilla, they continued to arrive each Christmas.

Father Christmas has got all your letters! What a lot, especially from Christopher and Michael! . That’s where Father Christmas spilled the gravy on my back at dinner! The Snowboys roared with laughter and then ran away

Father Christmas has got all your letters! What a lot, especially from Christopher and Michael! Thank you, and also Reddy and your bears, and other animals. That’s where Father Christmas spilled the gravy on my back at dinner! The Snowboys roared with laughter and then ran away.

The Father Christmas Letters, also known as Letters from Father Christmas, are a collection of letters written and illustrated by J. Tolkien between 1920 and 1943 for his children, from Father Christmas

The Father Christmas Letters, also known as Letters from Father Christmas, are a collection of letters written and illustrated by J. Tolkien between 1920 and 1943 for his children, from Father Christmas. They were released posthumously by the Tolkien estate on 2 September 1976, the 3rd anniversary of Tolkien’s death.

Bodleian library to exhibit illustrated letters from Hobbit author, masquerading as Father Christmas. In December 1920 Father Christmas wrote a letter to a modest house in the Oxford suburbs, enclosing a watercolour sketch of his own rather more exotic domed snow house, approached by a flight of steps lit by ice lanterns.

A collection of illustrated letters from Father Christmas recapping the activities of the preceding year at the .

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The Father Christmas Letters book.

(Biography) (Literary) TOLKIEN, J.R.R.; edited by Baillie Tolkien. The Father Christmas Letters. London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd, 1976. Quarto (11.25 x 9), hardcover, illustrated paper boards. A collection of the letters written by Tolkien (as Father Christmas) to his children every Christmas. Illustrated throughout. Light bumping. Very good condition.
Reviews:
  • Made-with-Love
Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien is a charming collection of the letters Mr. Tolkien wrote to his children each year for Christmas as they were growing up. Each story is told from the perspective of Father Christmas himself, but there are other characters that sometimes take the spotlight and write to the children, including most notably a polar bear who seems to find himself in a bit of trouble with Father Christmas from time to time and has his own adventures worth sharing with Tolkien’s children.

The letters are actually meticulously crafted demonstrations of art and calligraphy. While the former seems intended for a young audience, with dancing bears and a variety of colors, the typography is something to behold all by itself. When one considers the same meticulousness that went into certain other works of the author, it’s no wonder he put such thought and care into the lettering of these whimsical narrations.

One recommendation: If you buy the Kindle edition of this book, do yourself a favor and read it on a color device such as a Fire tablet or iPad. A black and white, E Ink Kindle does not do the art, colors, and typography justice, and that’s what you’ll want to see most here. The stories told in each letter are charming in their own right, but they’re not the main attraction (though they do provide some amusement).

Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien is a fun, almost nostalgic-like glimpse into the lives of the Tolkiens. It’s the sort of book one can share with the children each and every year much like Mr. Tolkien did with his own children. I’m giving it a solid three rockets and hope you enjoy it.
  • Daigrel
Tolkien’s pal C. S. Lewis once said, “A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest,” and this book passes that test.

Every year Tolkien would write one or more letters from Father Christmas to his children, and this book collects all 24 years’ worth (1920-1943), complete with pictures of the original letters and accompanying drawings. The first few are little more than simple notes, but they soon include little stories about the goings-on at the North Pole…most of which involve the North Polar Bear getting into some kind of mischief. North Polar Bear adds occasional editorial comments (my favorite part of the letters), and later on so does Santa’s elven secretary Ilbereth.

The overall tone is cute and innocent without being sickly sweet. There are occasional mentions of times being difficult (presumably due to the Great Depression and WWII), but the overall tone is always positive. There is also a bittersweet element to the letters as we see occasional mention of each child getting older and no longer sending letters to Father Christmas or hanging their stocking.

Overall, this is a beautiful little book. I enjoyed it so much that I am now reading it aloud to my children (ages 8, 10, and 13) and they are enjoying it immensely…mostly they want to see what the North Polar Bear is going to get up to next.
  • Bragis
Such a fun book! I read it with with my children, and I enjoyed it more than I expected. This is a collection of letters that J.R.R. Tolkien wrote to his children from Father Christmas from 1920 to 1943. The actual envelopes, letters, and pictures that he drew and painted for them are printed in the book, along with text that makes the letters easier to read. It is a delight to read the fun and crazy stories he made up for his children about Father Christmas' adventures with his friends and helpers in the North Pole. He adds more characters as the years go on - red elves, green elves, goblins, gnomes, etc. And you can see the beginnings of his ideas that found full fruition in The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings. It is also interesting to hear about his children growing up, and the times they are living through - the depression, and World War II.
  • Duzshura
If you want the original with the full-sized letters, get the revised edition with the blue cover. It's a large hardcover book, and you can get it used.

It's a great book. There are pictures of the letters, and there are some drawings. Where the letter would not have fit, they type it all out. Mine came with an odd taping job on the cover, but the tape was old so I fixed it.
  • mIni-Like
I fell in love with this charming take on Father Christmas by one of my favorite authors several years ago through the edition that had individual pockets and letters to pull out and enjoy. I like that this version is still rich in Tolkien's charming art, but it includes new stories, and easy to read text which makes this better for sharing with child. The North Polar Bear is my favorite!
  • Oreavi
This is a charming book, full of wonderful illustrations drawn by Tolkien himself. The cast of characters is wonderfully amusing, especially North Polar Bear, who gets into all sorts of mischief every year. There are even descriptions of wars between Father Christmas and the neighboring Goblins, reminiscent of the Goblin wars depicted in The Hobbit and The Silmarillion.

The book is also bittersweet, as it spans almost 20 years, and Tolkien begins to address his letters to fewer and fewer children, until only his youngest, his daughter Priscilla, still awaits her letter from Father Christmas. It shows how his children have grown, and Father Christmas himself seems sad as his children stop believing in Christmas magic. The last letter is especially poignant, as Father Christmas says goodbye to the children.

This is a great book to read during the holiday season, but it can really be enjoyed any time of year. It's funny, magical, and made me feel like a child again. I recommend this book not only to fans of Tolkien, but to anyone who wants to get into the Christmas spirit.
  • Yggdi
Letters from Father Christmas was my favorite part of our 2017 Christmas. Such a wonderful book to read aloud. I loved it. My kids loved it and we can’t wait for next Christmas, so we can read it again!