Father Christmas and Tolkien

Tolkien loved to write letters from Father Christmas to his children. The Great Polar Bear is Father Christmas’s companion–who periodically causes merry havoc. As Elizabeth Hand writes in this article from The Washington Post,

As the years pass, Father Christmas takes note of the darkening world beyond the North Pole, as when he writes to 10-year-old Priscilla in 1939: “I am very busy and things are very difficult this year owing to this horrible war. Many of my messengers have never come back . . . Polar Bear has hardly done anything to help.” (“ROT!” Polar Bear retorts.)

You may wish to make these letters, Letters from Father Christmas, part of your Christmas tradition!

Correspondence from “Letters From Father Christmas, Centenary Edition” by J.R.R. Tolkien. (Copyright © The Tolkien Estate Limited and The Tolkien Trust. Provided by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books and Media.)

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