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Letters From Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien
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Dec 26, 11

it was amazing
bookshelves: tolkien, english, mythology, art, children, fantasy, fiction, inklings
Read from December 25 to 26, 2010

During the time J.R.R. Tolkien's children were small, he would spend every Christmas Eve after they were tucked into bed creating a unique "Father Christmas" letter for them. The letter would consist of a story from Father Christmas at his North Pole residence that was hand-illustrated and often painted in watercolour, with a custom postage stamp, envelope, and "snow" that mysteriously fell out of the letter when opened. The Tolkien children would find the letter on Christmas morning between the years 1920 and 1942 and read about the exploits of the North Polar Bear, elven helpers, and mischievous goblins.

More an art book for adult JRRT fans (particularly parents) than a storybook, I smiled at the uniquely English whimsy and creativity of Tolkien's mind expressed in these letters. Through them the reader feels the love and affection he had for his children, as well as the joys and rewards of parenthood. A wonderful Christmas book for the family to enjoy.

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