Letters from Father Christmas

by J. R. R. Tolkien

On Sale: 10/12/2023

Letters from Father Christmas

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Letters from Father Christmas

by J. R. R. Tolkien

On Sale: 10/12/2023


About the Book

A new edition of Tolkien’s famous illustrated Letters from Father Christmas to his children is presented in a stunning hardback format, complete with full colour illustrations.

This classic festive book of Tolkien’s amazing Father Christmas letters written to his children between the 1920s and the 1940s has been reworked into a new hardback edition to match other beloved Tolkien titles. It contains high-quality digital reproductions of his beautiful letters and pictures.

‘My dear children, I am more shaky than usual this year. The North Polar Bear’s fault. It was the biggest bang in the world, and the most monstrous firework there has ever been. It turned the North Pole black!’

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. From the first note to Tolkien’s eldest son in 1920 to the final poignant letter to his daughter in 1943, this book collects all the remarkable letters and pictures in one enchanting edition. No reader, young or old, can fail to be charmed by the inventiveness of Tolkien’s Letters from Father Christmas.

Critical Praise


‘Will appeal to any kids whose appreciation of new worlds hasn’t been blighted by Action Man and enlightened schoolteachers.’

TERRY PRATCHETT, <i>Bath and West Evening Chronicle</i>

‘Tolkien at his relaxed and ingenious best.’

<i>The Times</i>


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780008627577
  • ISBN 10: 0008627576
  • Imprint: HarperCollins
  • On Sale: 10/12/2023
  • Pages: 208
  • List Price:35.00 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Epistolary
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Classics
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
  • BISAC4 : FICTION / Family Life
  • BISAC5 : FICTION / Holidays

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