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A true holiday treat.

  • Mar 26, 2009
Each year without fail, from 1920 to 1939, the children at the Tolkien household received a letter from Father Christmas, telling them of the ludicrous, hilarious events, mishaps and accidents that occurred in the North Pole previous to his yearly visits.
Through his emotive letters and amusing drawings, Father Christmas often explained how most of his misfortunes were directly linked to the curiosity of the well-meaning but rather clumsy Polar Bear (who constantly complained of looking very silly in the drawings). He also shared some little-known facts about life in the North Pole like the "mystery" of the Northern Lights, how he manages to visit all the children in the world in a single night, and who are the real Snowmen.
This pint-sized, delightful book, colorfully illustrated with the author's own drawings, contains a chronologically arranged selection of these letters that is sure to be enjoyable to readers of all ages. This is definitely another Tolkien volume that you can't afford to miss.
--Reviewed by M. E. Volmar

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March 13, 2010
Thanks again. Also posted. :)
March 13, 2010
Again, this is another great review and I'd love to have it as part of the Tolkien community, so feel free to add it.
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I've been a freelance artist, graphic designer, editor, and translator for over 15 years, and I love and greatly enjoy my job. Although my biggest passion is art and languages, I am interested in … more
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The perfect stocking stuffer! A holiday classic repackaged in a mini-book edition. This delightful gift book originates from the beautiful letters and drawings that J.R.R. Tolkien, the master of Middle-earth writing in the guise of Father Christmas, sent to his children over a twenty-year period. Perfect for reading aloud to children, yet collectible for adults, this enchanting book will bring Father Christmas to a whole new generation of readers.

About the Author

J.R.R. Tolkien was born on January 3, 1892. After serving in the First World War, he embarked upon a distinguished career as a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford University. He is the renowned creator of Middle-earth and author of the great modern classic, The Hobbit, the prelude to his epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings. Other works by J.R.R. Tolkien include The Silmarillion. J.R.R. Tolkien died in 1973 at the age of 81.
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ISBN-10: 0395959195
ISBN-13: 978-0395959190
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (October 1998)

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