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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...more
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
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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...more
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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
Chris Stanley
Sensational!. I loved this and my daughter has snatched it away to read (ignoring her homework)! A book to keep forever.
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
Chris
Dec 17, 2012 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...more
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
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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...more
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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...more
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...more
Floyd
While Christmas shopping a couple years ago I noticed the name Tolkien on the Christmas Selections table at BAMM. This space is usually reserved for holiday themed children's books and those godawful "Redneck Christmas" type selections. I was unaware that this book even existed, but I didn't have enough cash on me to get a copy.

It took me another year to find a copy like the one I saw that day. The copy I have has little attached envelopes on the pages with removable "letters from Santa" inside...more
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...more
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...more
David
This is a lovely collection of fake Father Christmas letters that Tolkien wrote to his children every year. It is also an interesting account of what was going on in the World, as the letters from Father Christmas tend to get sadder but also give a spark of hope to Tolkiens sons and daughter as many of them are written already during the Second World War.

But this is more than all of that. It's, ultimately, a testimonial of a fathers love for his children. And that, to me, gave these "Letters to...more
Beth
My parents bought this book for my siblings and me a few years ago for Christmas, and somehow I, the oldest, wanted to read it the most! We all absolutely loved it, though. Such a genius book. Brilliantly written and I love the illustrations. That, and I just adore anything written by Tolkien. I need to get a copy of this for me now; I have a good collection of Christmas books, but not this one! I couldn't very well purloin it from my family...they would have noticed immediately!
Timothy Stone
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...more
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, but there is some continuity in the stories of what FC and his elves etc get up to. Lovely illustrations too. Best of all, they prompted FC to write similar letters to my own son, with some similarities to these stories, but with additional characters, some personal to him.
Nana
This is a truly beautiful book. In it's simplest form it is the collection of letters Father Christmas wrote to the Tolkein children. The book is complete with pictures of the original envelopes and letters. As time went on and the children grew up, Father Christmas writes longer and longer letters as he expanded his household to include several elves and a very naughty north polar bear. Tolkein included beautiful hand drawn sketches in each letter.
Anna
Aaaawww....
It's was magical!
Tolkien is a genius in every thing he produced.
I've received a cute little bundle with Christmas spirit in it and a ribbon on top.:) Love, love, love it!

I've listened to it as an audiobook and had an amazing experience. I'm starting to love this whole audiobook thing.:)

Cute and easy little read to set a Christmasy mood. Can't recommend it highly enough.:)

P.S. Want to have my own copy asap!
Kathryn
From the back of the book..."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 colored drawing or some sketches."

This book was so lovingly done and wonderful to read.
Todd
My wife stumbled upon this book at the library one day and I thought it was an amazing find. It is a collection of letters that Tolkein wrote to his children as Father Christmas, including drawings in his own hand. It is a peek into the personal life of a very influential author.
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John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, CBE, was an English writer, poet,WWI veteran (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 language and literature from 1945 to 1959. He was a cl...more
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