Letters from Father Christmas – J. R. R. Tolkien

Letters from Father Christmas is an excellent book for the ones who want to get into the Christmas spirit. For every Christmas Tolkien wrote letters to his children. This book consists of the letters he wrote from 1920 to 1943. It also includes his drawings as well as visuals of his original letters. I’m sure both children and adults will enjoy this timeless book.


I had never heard of this book before, and when I came across it in my favourite charity, I was quite surprised and thrilled to see it. I was also happy to see the original drawings of Tolkien, one of my favourite writers, and to read his colourful letters.

Letters from Father Christmas - J. R. R. Tolkien

Letters from Father Christmas shows that Tolkien, a devout Catholic, turned Christmases into great adventures for his children every year. It’s possible to understand what a great father he was just from these letters. I wonder if his children were as enthusiastic about his letters as he was. Though his first son did not respond to letters as he grew older, I hope Tolkien was happy with the letters from his later young children.

Letters about the life of Santa Claus, who lives with his helpers in the North Pole, are so colourful with Polar Bear’s clumsiness and Moon’s visits. Oh, and you can come across his invented languages in these letters as well. Enjoy!

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Letters from Father Christmas

Letters from Father Christmas

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.

J. R. R. Tolkien

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien CBE FRSL was an English writer, poet, philologist, and academic, who is best known as the author of the classic high fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion.

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