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Letters from Father Christmas [Kindle Edition]

J. R. R. Tolkien
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)

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This new ebook version of Tolkien's timeless classic presents readers with a plethora of full colour images of the original letters alongside the transcribed text, offering a truly engrossing reading experience.

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 strange spidery handwriting and a beautiful coloured drawing or some sketches. The letters were from Father Christmas.

They told wonderful tales of life at the North Pole: how all the reindeer got loose and scattered presents all over the place; how the accident-prone 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!

Sometimes the Polar Bear would scrawl a note, and sometimes Ilbereth the Elf would write in his elegant flowing script, adding yet more life and humour to the stories. No reader, young or old, can fail to be charmed by the inventiveness and ‘authenticity’ of Tolkien’s Letters from Father Christmas.

This ebook version of the letters brings Tolkien's creation alive, providing readers with a truly engaging experience.



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‘Tolkien at his relaxed and ingenious best’
The Times

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'Tolkien at his relaxed and ingenious best' The Times

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 34328 KB
  • Print Length: 113 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (14 Dec. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004FN1QSI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #78,266 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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J.R.R. Tolkien was born on 3rd January 1892. After serving in the First World War, he became best known for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, selling 150 million copies in more than 40 languages worldwide. Awarded the CBE and an honorary Doctorate of Letters from Oxford University, he died in 1973 at the age of 81.

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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting 28 Feb. 2006
By EA Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
J.R.R. Tolkien was best known for his epic fantasy "Lord of the Rings" and his studies in myth and language. But Tolkien was also the proud dad of four kids -- and he didn't just read "Hobbit" to them at bedtime. 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.
In 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)
When reading these letters, it's hard to imagine any luckier kids in the Christmases of the '20s and '30s. After all, how many children gets detailed letters and pictures from Father Christmas -- complete with special stamps? Tolkien's love for his kids is evident in the care he took to create these letters, and the affection that comes from "Father Christmas" that is written in.
Tolkien's 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. Maybe it is because they were given to real children, not intended for publication, that the letters are only a little cutesy, and never cloying.
And of 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.
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every house should have one 18 Aug. 2006
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
My mum used to read this to us when we were children - it really added to the magic of Christmas, especially as 'Father Christmas' then used to write notes to us on the back of beautiful postcards.

Tolkien builds a fabulous picture of Father Christmas's world in a way that shows how he understood children so well - of course there has to be a North Pole, and I never forgot the stories of the North Polar Bear climbing up to get Father Christmas's hat back and breaking it because he had been eating rather a lot and was a bit plump! The goblins were a bit scary, the North Polar Bear a bit scatty (one year he went to sleep in the bath and the cellars got flooded ruining all the presents so that year there nearly weren't any presents at all). So beautifully illustrated and magical, my brother and I would beg my mum to re-read the book every year in the lead up to Christmas and when we got our cards from FC it was always a highlight of Christmas morning. My mum never wrote as much as Tolkien or drew pictures, but a few lines in shaky writing thanking us for the sweets we left out and and telling a small story to explain if we hadn't quite got what we'd asked for was part of the magic of Christmas - it stopped us complaining if we got something different and we always treasured the cards - who says everything about Christmas has to be expensive! Every friend of mine gets a copy when they have their first child.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars North pole tales 26 Feb. 2007
By EA Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
J.R.R. Tolkien was best known for his epic fantasy "Lord of the Rings" and his studies in myth and language. But Tolkien was also the proud dad of four kids -- and he didn't just read "Hobbit" to them at bedtime. 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.

In 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)

When reading these letters, it's hard to imagine any luckier kids in the Christmases of the '20s and '30s. After all, how many children gets detailed letters and pictures from Father Christmas -- complete with special stamps? Tolkien's love for his kids is evident in the care he took to create these letters, and the affection that comes from "Father Christmas" that is written in.

Tolkien's 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. Maybe it is because they were given to real children, not intended for publication, that the letters are only a little cutesy, and never cloying.

And of 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.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Superb! 8 Sept. 2004
By Rearda
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book is a treasure, and I thank the Tolkien Estate, and Tolkien's own family for allowing their personal letters to be shared with the wider public. The illustrations (all by JRR Tolkien himself) are enchanting. Original calligraphy samples are included with full typesets of each letter. Father Christmas' explanations for shortages (during WWII) and other mishaps (the Goblin's invaded) are a wonderful read. His helpers, a Polar Bear and a secretarial Elf, enter the story and never leave, as the saga continues each Christmas. Never mind the kids - buy this one for yourself.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Bit boring for me reading it to my child, but son enjoyed.
Published 3 days ago by MeandtheBoy
4.0 out of 5 stars What A Wonderful Idea!
How I wish my parents had done this for me! Tolkien creates a whole magical world for his children growing up, funny and amusing tales each Christmas in letters from Father... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bear
5.0 out of 5 stars What a lovely book to share at Christmas
Bought this Christmas to give to a couple of stalwart Tolkienites.

But was surprised to find a really touching book - can't recommend it enough. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Susan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Lovely book. Thank you.
Published 2 months ago by Pam
4.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting
I had heard of this book when my friend told me about it and with it being from the writer of The Hobbit and the creator of Middle Earth I automatically assumed it was set within... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Stu (PSN: Funeral-Bringer)
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This book has some magic, I read it to my daughter on the days before Christmas.
Published 3 months ago by Adriana
3.0 out of 5 stars ... expected it to be - but enjoyable - and good to read with the kids...
Not quite the magical read I sort of expected it to be - but enjoyable - and good to read with the kids around Christmas time.
Published 3 months ago by suze0501@aol.com
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Christmas story for all ages to enjoy this is ...
Wonderful Christmas story for all ages to enjoy this is our second copy to keep for years too come! Great for listening pre Christmas in the car!
Published 3 months ago by Chloe Flanagan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this.
Published 3 months ago by Suzie-Mum Of Two
3.0 out of 5 stars Artist and Writer
A charming collection but the presentation of the illustrations needed a bigger screen! I was glad to get the chance of seeing it though.
Published 4 months ago by Merope
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