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Cartas do Pai Natal

4.21  ·  Rating Details ·  6,081 Ratings  ·  694 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 109 pages
Published November 2006 by Publicações Europa-América (first published 1976)
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Bookworm Sean
Tolkien must have been an excellent farther to his children. To put so much thought and effort into the making of these letters speaks of nothing but devotion. They’re so well crafted by a master of the pen. The calligraphy, alone, is fantastic to look at. It’s quite revealing too. It’s like a little peek into the family life of the Tolkien’s, one which shows the patriarch as a kindly gentleman that he no doubt was. This is a great little book.



I do recommend this edition in particular because i
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A lovely collection of illustrated 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.

There are similarities with Mervyn Peake's Letters from a Lost Uncle, which I reviewed HERE.

A Bonding Book th
Jo Woolfardis | Infinite Variety Books
[First read: 28th November, 2015.
Second read: 10th December, 2016.]

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien is best known for his high fantasy series The Lord of the Rings and the pre-cursor, The Hobbit, as well as being one of the foremost respected professors on Anglo-Saxon Britain, but behind closed doors he was a wonderful father and a tremendous family man. He had four children, John, Michael, Christopher and Priscilla, and with every passing year they would receive hand-written and illustrated replies fr
Diane S ☔
3.5 When I first started reading this I thought what a fantastic idea, one I wish I has thought of when my children were young. Soon though I was caught up in the letters, waiting for the further adventures of polar bear and the cubs, the goblins and the old Ancient bear as well as the happenings on the North Pole. We can tell as the children age and quit believing in Santa as well as insights to what is happening in the rest of the world. Loved the colored pictures too.

Clever, clever, Tolkien.
Joana Cotidiana
Dec 10, 2015 Joana Cotidiana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Que livro mais fofinho :3 Foi o primeiro contacto que tive com o autor e acho que não podia ter começado melhor!

Aqui somos prendados com um conjunto de cartas que apareciam como por magia na casa dos Tolkien entre 1920 e 1943. Pelo menos era o que parecia porque na verdade eram escritas pelo próprio Tolkien aos seus filhos fazendo-se passar pelo Pai Natal. As cartas estão recheadas de histórias incríveis protagonizadas por personagens super engraçadas que vivem no Pólo Norte. E a cereja no topo
Dec 08, 2016 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ein Buch, von dem man sich wünscht, es würde niemals enden ...more
Jan 09, 2013 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Dec 26, 2016 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I loved this so much! *hugs book* It's definitely the best Christmas book I've read--and it will for sure be something I reread again at Christmastime. ^_^ Honestly, it reminds me so much of The Hobbit, purely because of the fun characters and humor. An instant Christmas favorite. <3
 Lisa Ann ✿
Originally written by J.R.R. Tolkien, this holiday treasure contains the actual series of annual letters from "Father Christmas" to Tolkien's children. Although the first set of letters written during 1920 is quite simplistic, with each passing year the stories become more creative and complex also including many fun illustrations. Letters from Father Christmas eventually relates the ongoing tales of the North Polar Bear, Snow-men, Snow-Elves, Red Gnomes and finally the evil Goblins. All good st ...more
Dec 05, 2009 Kathryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas
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
What fun it must have been to be a child of Tolkien. The next best thing, in my opinion, to receiving an annual letter from Father Christmas would have been to have had a parent read this book aloud every Christmas. The reader is immersed in the world of the North Pole, complete with colourful drawings of Polar Bear, the Red and Green Gnomes, and the dreaded Goblins. What a delight! A great little book to ignite the Christmas Spirit of young and old!
Nov 17, 2015 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

So adorable.

I could see this being read yearly as a family tradition. It was funny and sweet and imaginative.

The fact that he spent so much time and effort on these letters to his children is very touching.
Quentin Wallace
Dec 30, 2016 Quentin Wallace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an interesting person Mr. J.R.R. Tolkien was. It's hard to give this anything less than 5 stars just based on the nature of this one.

It's comprised of a series of letters Tolkien wrote to his children "from Santa." (A period of over 20 years!) He creates a very magical and well thought out North Pole, complete with Santa Claus, his helper Polar Bear, his elf secretary and more. And not just letters, but wonderful drawings and calligraphy, including an entire new alphabet, as Tolkien was so
Sep 03, 2016 Elilith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Este libro es una auténtica maravilla. La edición que tengo yo es de Happer Collins con tapa dura y sobrecubierta. No la he encontrado aquí en GR pero estoy totalmente contenta con ella. Además de tener la transcripción de todas las cartas de Tolkien, también las tiene escaneadas a todo color, junto con los dibujos y los sobres y de una forma qu eno parece un escaneo, sino que estás leyendo una carta original.
Esta recopilación me ha emocionado, en ella tenemos todas las cartas que Tolkien escri
Such a delightful book! I had to keep myself from smiling the whole time.
Tolkien's imagination and creativity knows no boundaries.

A neat envelope, stamp included.

The letters got more elaborate over the years, a swirly here, a curly there.

And most of the letters had a colorful drawing included.

The letters tell the story of Father Christmas and the happenings and antics of him and his friends, helpers and enemies. Polar Bear knows how to kick some Goblin ass. His nephews Paksu and Valkotukka are
Jesse Booth
Dec 14, 2013 Jesse Booth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
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
Emma Flanagan
Dec 20, 2015 Emma Flanagan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All parents put a lot of effort into ensuring the child believes in Santa/Father Christmas. Be it nawed carrots, sleigh bells in the garden or footprints in the snow. Many children at some point receives a letter from Santa. I have found memories of receiving letters sent on behalf of Santa by Nollaig his elf in the Irish postal system. The excitement of actually recieving post at the age of 6 was excitement enough, that it was from the man himself blew my little mind. Tolkien however took it on ...more
Nov 19, 2016 MC rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After J. R. R. Tolkien went to be with the Lord in 1973, the already growing demand for material written by him veritably exploded. Though most of the interest was on his Middle-Earth mythology, he had written much else that was unpublished in his life time (a great deal of which he never intended or dreamed of publishing). Indeed, writing seemed to be a hobby and private pleasure for the linguistics professor.

His literary estate has met this demand, and one of the books that was published is a
Dec 22, 2012 Nikki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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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Jan 11, 2011 X rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
This book got me in Christmas mood like 2 seconds after I started it.

This is a collection of letters that J.R.R. Tolkien wrote to his kids pretending to be Father Christmas from the North Pole. Besides, there are Polar Bears, reindeers, gnomes and goblins, and this all just created the ultimate wintery fairy-tale.

I loved this book. Even if there's still no snow in my hometown, yet, 'Letters' made me feel like White Chrsitmas has already come.

Dec 27, 2015 Zerah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was awesome although it got a little sad towards the end when it got apparent how the Christmas of the family changed because of the war. I bought this book for my kindle because I decided I wanted to read some more Christmas themed books but now I think I'll need to buy the actual book someday to get a better look at the pictures!
Jun 22, 2016 Camilla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars!
I can't wait to read this to my granddaughters! Very cute!
Dec 30, 2015 Jojo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 07, 2012 Heidi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 12, 2009 Keith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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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 .

Tolkien was Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford from 1925 to 1945, and Merton Professor of English lan
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“If you find that not many of the things you asked for have come, and not perhaps quite so many as sometimes, remember that this Christmas all over the world there are a terrible number of poor and starving people.” 34 likes
“I hope you will like the little things I have sent you. You seem to be most interested in Railways just now, so I am sending you mostly things of that sort. I send as much love as ever, in fact more. We have both, the old Polar Bear and I, enjoyed having so many nice letters from you and your pets. If you think we have not read them you are wrong; but if you find that not many of the things you asked for have come, and not perhaps quite as many as sometimes, remember that this Christmas all over the world there are a terrible number of poor and starving people. I (and also my Green Brother) have had to do some collecting of food and clothes, and toys too, for the children whose fathers and mothers and friends cannot give them anything, sometimes not even dinner. I know yours won’t forget you. So, my dears, I hope you will be happy this Christmas and not quarrel, and will have some good games with your Railway all together. Don’t forget old Father Christmas, when you light your tree.” 1 likes
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