Book Review: The Father Christmas Letters by J.R.R. Tolkien

fatherchristmasletters1Title: The Father Christmas Letters

Author: J.R.R. Tolkien

Year written: 1976

Publisher and year: George Allen and Unwin Ltd. 1976

ISBN Number: 0-04-823130-4

This is a book that I used to read fairly often in the lead up to Christmas, I don’t think I’ve read it for at least ten years, probably more like fifteen, so I thought I’d read through it and see if it held up to how I remembered it.

I’m not sure how well known this book is in the world of Tolkien as it’s not based in Middle Earth. It is full of Christmas letters from Father Christmas to Tolkien’s children, the letters in the book are from 1925 to 1939 (or maybe 1940, the last one says the last letter rather than a date). There is the odd one missing but they’re explained within the letters. These letters were written for the same people as The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings later and there is definitely Tolkien’s style in there.

As this book is the original version it’s a review for what this version contains. It seems like there have been more recent versions with more pages (officially more than three times though I don’t see how that could happen without altering the format) so those later versions will probably include extras, this review would still work for the main content though.

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