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Cartas do Pai Natal

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Em cada Dezembro, os filhos de J. R. R. Tolkien recebiam um envelope com um selo do Pólo Norte. Lá dentro, estava uma carta numa estranha letra aracnóide e um desenho belamente colorido.
As cartas eram do Pai Natal.
Elas contavam maravilhosas histórias da vida no Pólo Norte: desde a forma como o Pai Natal preparava os brinquedos às travessuras com que o seu Urso Polar o atra
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Hardcover, 109 pages
Published November 2006 by Publicações Europa-América (first published 1976)
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Mark
This is a beautiful book which contains all the letters JRRRRRRRRR Tolkien wrote to his children in the guise of Father Christmas from the first to his eldest son in 1920 right through to the last one he wrote to his only daughter in 1943. Each letter purports to be an account of various scrapes and adventures that happen to the man in red and his various helpers and hinderers and the lovely thing is that so totally enamoured with this correspondence were his children during their younger years ...more
Paul Cheney
In 1920 the Tolkien children started receiving letters from Father Nicholas Christmas. In the letters he starts to tell his children the stories and events of that year, and what he has done. There are a number of characters that surround Father Christmas, from a clumsy polar bear, elves and the battles that they have with the goblins that live in the North pole.

The letters at the beginning are quite short, and as they get older the stories get longer and the themes darker. Each letter came with
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Cecily
A lovely collection of letters from Father Christmas ("aided" by JRRT) to Tolkien's children.

The tone and content of the letters changes over time to reflect the children growing up and incorporate aspects of their lives and things they'd written to him, but there is some continuity in the stories of what FC and his elves etc get up to. Lovely illustrations too.

Why this is on my Favourites Shelf

(This section was added after an epiphany, which prompted me to make my reviews more personal.)

The r
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Kathryn
I'm not sure what I was expecting when I started reading this collection of letters that "Father Christmas" wrote to the Tolkien children from the 1920s to the end of the 1930s. What I discovered surprised me, and yet I couldn't help but nod my head and chuckle and think, "of course, of course!" When the imagination behind Middle Earth meets up with the magic and lore of the North Pole, a very unique Father Christmas emerges! Here we have a Father Christmas who is kind and thoughtful yet who als ...more
Nikki
There are very few Christmas themed books that I'm likely to enjoy -- they all seem so gimmicky -- and only one album of Christmas music that I will consent to listen to (Thea Gilmore's Strange Communion). But this one is lovely, probably because it wasn't really meant to be a commercial thing: Tolkien wrote these letters and illustrated them for his own children. This volume is a nice little edition, not just copying the text but including images of them as well.

It's barely a mouthful, of cours
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Jesse Booth
Every year at Christmas time, me and my wife read a Christmas book, and this year, we chose Letter From Father Christmas by JRR Tolkien. It was a fun read, but I was most impressed by the fact that Tolkien wrote a letter as Father Christmas to his kids for 13 years! Not only that, he illustrated his stories, too, to give the kids a visual on what his letter was about! The time and effort he must have put in to help make Christmas a little more magical just goes to show that not only was Tolkien ...more
Seraphina
A fabulous book, the illustrations to match the letters are beautiful. You can tell as the letters progress the growth and aging of the children and their interests. I loved the stories of PB(polar bear) getting up to all kinds of mischief, saving the north pole every now and again.
This is one I will be encouraging my son to read
Heidi
In 1920, when J.R.R. Tolkien’s eldest son was only three years old, his children began to receive a series of letters from the North Pole. Each year they would arrive with special postage stamps and drawings, bearing the shaky handwriting and stories of Father Christmas. For the next 22 years, the Tolkien children would correspond with Father Christmas, sending their wish lists and best wishes and receiving in return love and stories like no others.

Letters from Father Christmas is a very short a
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Keith
J.R.R. Tolkien, better known as the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, used to write and illustrate letters to his children from "Father Christmas." This book contains a selection of those letters, each reproduced on a separate sheet of paper and enclosed in an envelope. The letters tell of various misadventures of Father Christmas and his assistant, North Polar Bear, problems with Goblins, etc.

I read the letters with my (then 10-year old) daughter. She enjoyed the novelty of the b
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X
This book is wonderful on so many different levels! As a Christmas story, it is perfect, though not always what one would expect of a Christmas book. Father Christmas does a marvelous job of telling his young friends about the North Pole and his own adventures/mishaps, as well as (or perhaps especially) those of his friend and assistant Polar Bear, through his yearly letters. The illustrations (Tolkien's own) naturally match each letter quite well, and though the facsimiles of the actual letter ...more
Tonya
Mar 25, 2008 Tonya rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tolkien fans, moms
Shelves: favorite
My all time favorite Christmas story. The behind the scenes,daily life of father christmas. Soooo much drama with the goblins and the clumsy polar bear...but he puts it all into perfect perspective in the letters to his nieces and nephews!

One downside for the newer version that I bought... The words of the actual letters are on different pages than the pictures, so when reading to my three year old, I have to skim the letter quickly as I turn the page to talk in length about the drawing.

First re
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Sandra
Everything about this book is perfect. The letters are lovely, the drawings are beautiful, all the fonts are wonderful and so fitting for the characters.. all the while this book shows the Tolkien I love so well: the Tolkien who loved myths (he used mythological references, such as the Odinic God Yule), languages (he used runes!) and he had already started his Middle Earth universe (he uses Elvish script one time!). I absolutely loved the book and will definitely look through it more often as Ch ...more
Sarah
My aunt gave me this book years ago, and it's sat on my shelf until now. Is this a kid's book? Letters from Santa about funny little adventures - I think small children would enjoy the polar bear and goblins. The drawings are wonderful. But there's a part of this book that only adults would understand. Tolkien's children grow older and slowly drop off the mailing list and the sadness shows through into the letters. Santa makes a little mention of the smashed and wrecked buildings [from WWII] but ...more
Chris Stanley
Sensational!. I loved this and my daughter has snatched it away to read (ignoring her homework)! A book to keep forever.
Jason
Tolkien's kids were very lucky to get these letters from Father Christmas every year. Tolkien put so much effort into creating characters and exciting battles between polar bears, elves and goblins, straight out of LOTRs. The pictures he drew were also amazing, he put in so much effort.

Was also nice to see how he was helping his daughter deal with WW2.

A fantastic Christmas read. One thing was missing though, it would have been really interesting to see what his kids were writing to father Christ
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L.S.
What a good response to those saying Father Christmas is just a fraud!

An amazing journey started in 1920 and ended in 1943 for Father Christmas (JRR Tolkien's alter ego) and his helps. I esspecially liked the North Polar Bear. I guess this can be an alternative to writting letters to your children. A big plus is the mindblowing drawings Tolkien did to illustrate the letters - a lot of details showing his devotion and love towards his family.

And a secret alphabet for you to discover :)
Ithil
Este libro es una cucada, la edición, con fotografías de las cartas y dibujos del autor es una verdadera monería y un deleite para la vista. Desde luego es una edición que bien vale lo que cuesta, aunque también es cierto que no esté dirigido a todo el mundo.

Letters from Father Christmas, en teoría, no es un cuento. Bueno, no lo es en principio, en cierto modo, al final a mi sí me lo ha parecido. Se trata de las cartas que los hijos de la Familia Tolkien recibían de Papá Noel cada año junto con
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Bam
This is a delightful collection of letters and drawings that Tolkien sent to his children from 'Father Christmas' beginning in 1920 and in them, Father Christmas tells stories of what his friends and helpers have been up to over the year and what problems they have had with accidents and attacks by goblins. Tolkien's great love for his children shines through every one. The last letter ends with this poignant comment: "I suppose after this year you will not be hanging your stocking any more. I s ...more
Chris
Dec 07, 2014 Chris rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chris by: Bettie
Really neat collection of letters to Tolkien's children from Father Christmas. Can see hints of LOTR and the Hobbit. Bittersweet too.
Michael
Reading this as an adult, what comes across most strongly is Tolkien's love and affection for his children (which is, of course, what one would expect of all parents for their children, but which sadly is not always so) and his delight in writing and drawing these little Christmas stories each year.

Due to the very young age of his eldest son when the first letter was written in 1920, these early missives are very short, but in 1925 we get a longer message which introduces us to the North Polar B
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Erica
I didn't know what to expect when I pick this book up from the library, but I absolutely love it! I actually didn't even know this book existed until I starting looking for Christmas books to read before Christmas. Tolkien started writing letters from 'Father Christmas' to his children starting in the 1920s and continued until the 1940's. Father Christmas has his own specific shaky handwritting and he draws pictures for the kids. Each letter comes in a personally made envelope. This is such a cu ...more
Julianna
Dec 23, 2010 Julianna rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of J.R.R. Tolkien, Unique Holiday Stories
Reviewed for THC Reviews
I can only imagine the excitement of the Tolkien children to receive these wonderful letters from Father Christmas every year, or what it must have been like to have such a talented writer as a father. I, for one, think that it would have been splendid to get letters from Santa each Christmas. Letters from Father Christmas (previously released as The Father Christmas Letters) is a delightful book that is sure to entertain readers both young and old. Starting in 1920 when
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Rikke
Dec 14, 2013 Rikke rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rikke by: Anne Nikoline
Shelves: christmas, letters
Utterly sweet and charming. Not only because of Tolkien's imaginative writing and fanciful stories, his colorful drawings or shaky handwriting, but also because of the story that lies behind it. "Letters from Father Christmas" allows us to see Tolkien as a caring and sweet father, and the love he puts into these little Christmas letters are the most beautiful thing in the world. Better than any story he could ever have written.

I also find it very interesting to see how Tolkien's reality flows in
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TOLKIEN & SONS.
Il casus è noto: dal 1920, quando il primogenito John aveva tre anni, e fino al 1942, quando Priscilla, l’ultima dei suoi quattro figli, ne aveva tredici, Tolkien scrisse alle lettere natalizie dei figli delle vere e proprie risposte, a firma di Babbo Natale. Per oltre vent’anni, quindi, i piccoli di casa Tolkien ebbero il privilegio esclusivo di una corrispondenza ininterrotta e regolare con il Polo Nord.
Perseverare con tale costanza in una consuetudine familiare fino a far
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Jason
Dec 27, 2012 Jason rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Children, Tolkien fans, Christmas
Recommended to Jason by: I got it for Christmas many moons ago
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Jkimballcook Cook
This book is easy to overhype. People hear that it's Tolkien and they immediately expect the complexity and detail of his other works. Not so. When you're only writing a 1 or 2 page letter once a year, and only while your children are young enough to believe in Santa Clause, it's hard to create much more than a cute picture. That's all this is, and all it should be expected to be. Still, having said that, there is some delightful stuff: The bumbling, good-intentioned polar bear who is always get ...more
Carol Mcleod
The Best Christmas Family Book Ever! I have enjoyed so many memories of warm cosy winter nights cuddled up with my twin daughters reading this book to them year after year!
It is still a special family tradition we have every December in the build up to Christmas and my girls are now in High School!
If you love reading to your children and enjoy festive traditions then do not hesitate to purchase this book as it will make lots of treasured memories for your family for years to come.
It is based o
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Caroline
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 Christmas and his North Pole friends. Loved the tales and the little bits of sarcasm from the NP Bear, complete with wonderful little pictures that he drew to go with the letters. A great reminder of those special Santa believing years and a tinge of sadness as you see each of Tolkiens children slowly being excluded from the ...more
Edel
Before you guys start sighing and saying it's too early to be posting about Christmas books. This is so good that I think you guys will want to be adding this to you TBR pile long before the festive season is in full swing.

This is the non fiction account of how J.R.R Tolkien used to write to his children every Christmas pretending to be father Christmas. The amount of work he put into his letters ,the pictures, and details make this a wonderfully thoughtful act that only a true lover of this ti
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Annaleise
Tolkien wins the 'Cool Dad' award: writing letters in character to is children, responding to their questions, explaining why there are fewer presents while the war is on, sending Beatrix potter books to them and telling them all the stories about Polar bear, the goblins and the fire crackers that make the aurora.
My favourite parts of this book were the illustrations: all the drawings and hand-written letters, the wax seals and the pictures of the penguins, reindeer, the Polar Bear, and the hou
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John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, CBE, was an English writer, poet, WWI veteran (a First Lieutenant in the Lancashire Fusiliers, British Army), philologist, and university professor, best known as the author of the high fantasy classic works The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings .

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