This revised edition of Tolkien's famous illustrated letters from 'Father Christmas' includes extracts and pictures not included in the original publication 25 years ago. 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. No reader, young or old, can fail to be charmed by the inventiveness and 'authenticity' of Tolkien's Letters from Father Christmas. To complement the timeless charm of the letters and their accompanying pictures, this new hardback edition features a delightfully "classic" dust-jacket, with the inclusion of every one of the delightful letters and pictures that Tolkien sent to his children. / Tolkien is known all over the world for his epics The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. Letters from Father Christmas appeals to an even wider audience. / Includes the complete letters, reinstating material edited out of the original edition. / Contains previously unpublished illustrations and some never-before-published complete letters. / A Christmas classic for all the family, finally in a more endearing format to appeal to fans of Tolkien and of Father Christmas! / An ideal Christmas gift for all the family.
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on the 3rd January, 1892 at Bloemfontein in the Orange Free State, but at the age of four he and his brother were taken back to England by their mother. After his father's death the family moved to Sarehole, on the south-eastern edge of Birmingham. Tolkien spent a happy childhood in the countryside and his sensibility to the rural landscape can clearly be seen in his writing and his pictures.
'Tolkien at his relaxed and ingenious best'