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Letters from Father Christmas Deluxe Special Edition

Oct 3 (edited)

Letters from Father Christmas Hardcover – Special Edition, 17 Oct 2019

This beautiful, deluxe slipcased edition of Tolkien’s famous illustrated letters from Father Christmas to his children includes for the first time every letter, picture and envelope that he sent them, reproduced in glorious colour. The perfect Christmas gift for Tolkien lovers of all ages.

This classic festive book of Tolkien’s amazing Father Christmas letters written to his children between the 1920s and the 1940s has been reworked into a sumptuous, new deluxe edition. It contains brand new high-quality digital reproductions of his wonderful letters and pictures, including a number them that have never been printed before, a revised introduction by Baillie Tolkien, and a special full-colour, foldout frontispiece.

‘My dear children, I am more shaky than usual this year. The North Polar Bear’s fault. It was the biggest bang in the world, and the most monstrous firework there has ever been. It turned the North Pole black!’

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. From the first note to Tolkien’s eldest son in 1920 to the final poignant letter to his daughter in 1943, this book collects all the remarkable letters and pictures in one enchanting edition. No reader, young or old, can fail to be charmed by the inventiveness of Tolkien’s Letters from Father Christmas.

I really like the design of this book, could be my favourite UK deluxe so far ... bf32489e54&language=en_GB

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Oct 8
Haha didn’t know that.
Oct 10
AwesomeBooks has the book for £39.00 at the moment ... ers-from-father-christmas
Oct 10
Thanks for the heads up! The shipping to the USA through that site is less than £3 as well.
Oct 10
Cool! I've been linking it to Blackwell's.

I like Tolkien items from Blackwell's, given their history. And, any chance to not line Amazon's pockets, I'll take.
Oct 11
Thanks for the heads-up - Amazon order cancelled.
Oct 11
My pleasure, it is quite a saving so hopefully they have the stock.
Oct 11
Thanks for the heads-up - Amazon order cancelled.

Did so as well, thanks!
Oct 11
I‘ve also cancelled my Amazon order - thanks for the info
Oct 11
The AwesomeBooks listing says paperback in one place and deluxe in another. Which one is it? 🤔
Oct 11

Eorl wrote:
The AwesomeBooks listing says paperback in one place and deluxe in another. Which one is it? 🤔

They don't tend to correct early details. The amazon UK listing said paperback too at first, and 192 pages, it seemed the 2012 paperback details were used as a placeholder.
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