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The Father Christmas Letters. 1976 The Father Christmas Letters
by J.R.R. Tolkien
Edited by Baillie Tolkien
First Edition 1976
George Allen & Unwin
ISBN 0048231304
Hardback. Issued without dust jacket
Binding illustrated by J.R.R. Tolkien
48 pages
Price: £2.50

The Father Christmas Letters, a collection of letters written by J.R.R. Tolkien in the guise of Father Christmas and other fictional characters.

Published on 2 September 1976.

The text is illustrated throughout by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Details of all British editions of The Father Christmas Letters can be found via these links to Tolkienbooks.net:

Blurb – From Lower Cover of First Paperback Edition
When J.R.R. Tolkien’s eldest son, John, was three years old in 1920, the first of The Father Christmas Letters arrived, addressed from the North Pole. For over twenty years the annual news appeared, stamped with its Polar stamp, set out in its unmistakable script (a bit shaky as Father Christmas, after all, was nearly two thousand years old, quite apart from the weather) and decorated with paintings and sketches. The text of the letters, many of them in facsimile, and the colour pictures, are brought together in this book. They describe local problems and events, tell of Father Christmas’s assistant North Polar Bear, and his riotous nephews, of the raiding goblins and the elves who came to the rescue. And there’s a Goblin alphabet which you may use too.

“beautifully illustrated” – Woman’s Own

“a treasured present for any age group . . . enchanting illustrations” – Country Life

“one of the most beautifully designed books we have seen” – Books for Your Children

“belongs to the canon of Tolkien’s fantasy writing” – Sunday Times

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