Book review: Letters from Father Christmas by JRR Tolkien

In December my attention was drawn to a book by JRR Tolkien, which I had not previously read. I mentioned it to hubby and was both surprised and delighted on Christmas Day to open a package containing a hardback copy.

Photo of Letters from Father Christmas with a picture of a person clothed in red carrying a strangely shaped parcel across a snowy landscape.

Letters from Father Christmas is a book intended for children. JRR Tolkien wrote illustrated letters to each of his four children while they were young in the years from 1920 to 1943. The letters transcribed in the book are also shown as illustrations of Father Christmas’s handwriting and pictures of his home and adventures at the North Pole.

This edition published in 2012 was edited by Baillie Tolkien (a daughter-in-law of JRR Tolkien). It was first published in 1976. There have been other revisions.

The same imagination that created The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings lovingly invented an imaginary world for his own children to enjoy. There is humour and excitement in these letters, which surely appeal to readers of all ages.

Letters from Father Christmas is also available as a paperback, CD-audio and in a deluxe edition.

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