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Letters From Father Christmas, Centenary…
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Letters From Father Christmas, Centenary Edition (original 1976; udgave 2020)

af J.R.R. Tolkien (Forfatter)

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Titel:Letters From Father Christmas, Centenary Edition
Forfattere:J.R.R. Tolkien (Forfatter)
Info:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2020), 208 pages
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Letters From Father Christmas af J. R. R. Tolkien (1976)

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Precious stories, delightful artwork ( )
  beebeereads | Dec 27, 2020 |
Didn't love this. I realize this is a compilation of letters written to children but I was hoping for that Tolkien magic and it wasn't there for me. Didn't finish. ( )
  3argonauta | Dec 19, 2020 |
J.R.R. Tolkien is most well known as the author behind the famed series The Lord of the Rings. He was also an Oxford don (in the field of Anglo-Saxon literature) and a family man who was widely adored for his overactive imagination. He wrote little publicized letters to his children every year at Christmastime by posing as Father Christmas (the equivalent of Santa Claus), replete with this trademark imagination and with drawings and paintings. His daughter-in-law Baillie posthumously collected these writings into this compilation.

I am most impressed with how much obvious joy Tolkien takes in the art of parenting. As a professor, he was a busy man, but took the time to convey fun annually to his children as they aged. These letters begin in 1920 and continue uninterrupted until 1943, at which time his oldest child left home. Some parents find it hard to share passions with their children; not J.R.R. Tolkien.

The letters display a consistent yet imaginative storyline. From the North Pole, Father Christmas writes to the children in response to their letters. He warns of gift shortages due to the Great Depression. He speaks honestly about the troubles of the Second World War. He shares stories of his compatriot Polar Bear. To provide drama, goblins sometimes attack the North Pole and must be warded off. Polar Bear even makes an appearance as an author! These letters are not philosophically profound nor overtly religious; rather, they convey a sense of play that appeals to children – and, if we’re honest, adults, too.

Works like this can bring family togetherness around the Christmas season. When I spoke of the book over dinner, my daughter specifically asked that she be able to read these letters – a step she usually does not take for most of my books. Photographed copies of the letters and accompanying drawings are preserved in the book. This makes the purchase of a physical copy (as opposed to the eBook I read) worth its price. Tolkien’s brilliance left a legacy to English-speaking peoples. Kudos to daughter-in-law Baillie for collecting and sharing this brilliance to us around the theme of Christmas and family. ( )
  scottjpearson | Dec 13, 2020 |
wow, nostalgia! ( )
  beautifulshell | Aug 27, 2020 |
A delightful little collection of letters written by Santa and his polar bear and sometimes a few Elves across a generation or two to a single family... Tolkein's family, to be precise... evincing love, mischief, and cheery, gay, heartfelt holiday wishes.

The letters are quite delightful and sweet.



But to me, there is another side to this, one my devious mind could not ignore.

At first, I was like... where is Mrs. Christmas? There was always a Mrs. Christmas, wasn't there? But no. Father Christmas lived alone... with a polar bear. A big, burly, surly, hairy bear. They sniped at each other all the time and even after destroying one house, they moved in together in a new one. Much later, a bunch of elves moved in, too, but there was still no Mrs. Claus.

Suddenly, this merry gay Christmas became much, much gayer. ;)

Merry Christmas, ya'll!

And for those of you who don't know me, you should probably know I'm a horrible, terrible, no good scrooge. :) ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
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Various editions of this book, some titled "Letters from Father Christmas" and some "The Father Christmas Letters",
offer significantly different selections from the letters and from Tolkien's illustrations. Most of these differences are explained here: https://wayneandchristina.wordpress.co...
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