Letters from Father Christmas

Author: J.R.R Tolkien

Date of Publication: 15th November 2004

Genre: Fantasy

Synopsis: A collection of letters Tolkien wrote to his children, in the guide of Father Christmas, every year throughout their youths 

Rating: 5/5

Festive Rating: 🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

This is the second in my #12DaysofChristmas read-a-thon! Each day I will post a review of a Christmas / Winter related book. Hopefully this will give you some Xmas-Inspo and give your holiday reading a boost! 

I don’t really see how you can go wrong with this; a collection of the letters and drawings which Tolkien, playing the character of Father Christmas, wrote to his children every year throughout their childhood. Not only does it expose a gentle and wonderful side to Tolkien as a Father, it also offers a lovely insight into the imagination behind Middle Earth.

There are several references to goblin battles and elven armies here, all within the confines of the North Pole, balanced with gentle humour and canny observations. Tolkien creates creatures which his children ask about time and time again in the passing years; always eager to hear from their friends in the North and good old Saint Nicholas.

It’s a simple read at just over a hundred pages, and perfect for an evening of quiet and serene reading; bringing the childish love we all once had for the sound of jingle bells back to the fore of our minds.

Day One: 🎄

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