Image shows the front cover of the hardback book Letters from Father Christmas. There is an illustration of Father Christmas carrying a full sack across a wintry landscape, with pine trees and dark skies in the background. The name J. R. R. Tolkein is written in large red text, with the title underneath in gold text.
Image shows the back cover of the book Letters from Father Christmas. The wintry illustration continues from the front, with a snowy house at the top. The blurb is written in navy and red text, and there is a photo of one of the Tolkein letter envelopes underneath.

Letters from Father Christmas

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‘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.

Suitable for readers aged 7 years above.

Notes for Mortals:
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 9780007463374
Number of pages: 192
Dimensions: 13.5 cm x 1.8 cm x 20.4 cm
Published:  27/09/2012 

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