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Letters from Father Christmas Deluxe Special Edition

Oct 3, 2019 (edited)
2019/10/3 9:38:02 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

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

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Oct 28, 2019
2019/10/28 8:54:40 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
You may be interested to know what is new (compare to the 1999 and 2012 editions that I considered the most complete until now) :

- a scan of an introductive letter from Tolkien explaining this family custom (letter not complete and without a transcription)
- the envelope of 1929, with a new arctic sentence from the Polar Bear (cf. lambengolmor list where my friend Damien post for me about it)
- a PS from the bear for the 1924 letter to John (cf. below also)
- a new envelope for 1931 (nothing particular there, it's just the missing one that comes with one of the two letters for this year)
- 3 dedications from Father Christmas (Love from FC, etc.) for various years (sorry, I didn't noted which one)
- a struck out list of presents, commented by the Polar Bear, at the back of his 1936 letter
- a message from Polar Bear in 1941

It's from far the most complete edition, but it lacks two or three back of envelopes present in old editions (it's only details, though).

Two remarks about the existing pieces :
- the PS of Polar Bear in the 1925 letter in the old editions is in fact a PS for the 1924 letter to Michael, the twin of the new one to John I mentioned above.
- p. 64-65, the pages 2 and 3 of the letter are reversed (page 3 before page 2)
Oct 29, 2019
2019/10/29 18:21:44 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Trotter wrote:
Please do

Lokki wrote:
I second that, that would be an interesting topic indeed.

Thank you for your support!

Berelach wrote:
I'd love to know about the history of Tolkien Chinese translations, especially in regards to when simplified/traditional/cantonese (etc.?) versions came out.

Thanks for your insightful question. I'll start writing in a few days
Nov 7, 2019
2019/11/7 0:30:32 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I received my Awesomebooks.com order today. Pre-ordered the book on October 10th, was supposed to ship on October 17th. Complained on October 24th, argued with customer service through October 28th when it was marked as shipped. Finally arrived today (November 6th). The book is very nice, as I expected, and survived the shipping without any undue harm. I won't be using Awesomebooks again, however.

It was nice as an experiment to see if another source for UK books was viable, but I am growing much less concerned with price and more with quality of packing and timeliness of shipping. I really miss Daeron's Books, for example, as an excellent source for Tolkien books from the UK that would ship promptly and appropriately packed.
Nov 7, 2019
2019/11/7 5:22:08 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Not received mine from BD as yet --Shipped on the 23rd October, so a fair bit beyond the 5-10 business days from dispatch. I've found 10 days to be much more likely than 5 days, and had the odd one take longer. Will hassle them if it doesn't turn up in another week.
Nov 7, 2019
2019/11/7 9:16:26 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I had preordered from Amazon Australia months back. Eventually it showed out of stock upon release. I waited a week and then canceled and reordered from a third party seller on Amazon AU called A Great Read Ltd.

So much for Amazon’s preorder price guarantee. I ended up paying about AUD 10 more and I’m still waiting for my book 🙄
Nov 7, 2019
2019/11/7 18:42:20 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Genuine question, but why are people still buying books from Amazon? They're not a very good bookseller & to boot a dreadful employer (by all accounts). Their website is also awful. The point about China came up recently & while I'm not comparing them to the Chinese Government (!) it seems a fair stance to avoid supporting them as a business on both grounds cited above. I certainly think so. I've managed to avoid them (bar two books, I think) for most of the last decade.
Nov 7, 2019
2019/11/7 19:58:36 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Khamûl wrote:
Genuine question, but why are people still buying books from Amazon? They're not a very good bookseller & to boot a dreadful employer (by all accounts). Their website is also awful. The point about China came up recently & while I'm not comparing them to the Chinese Government (!) it seems a fair stance to avoid supporting them as a business on both grounds cited above. I certainly think so. I've managed to avoid them (bar two books, I think) for most of the last decade.

It is a good question. I personally do try to avoid them for all the reasons you suggest. I think I have used them a couple of times in the last 5 years, and the last time (the HoME set that bounced around the world twice) was refunded. I also - for the most - part try and avoid Book Depository as they are now owned by Amazon. Unfortunately, the choices get a little thin for shipping to NZ, so I do use BD once or twice a year.

One thing I have noticed, is despite all their general evil, Amazon is actually rarely the cheapest seller. That's what you tend to see with monopolistic companies. Cheap at first and then they slowly ratchet up the prices.
Nov 7, 2019
2019/11/7 22:25:56 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
For those who know *about* Tolkien, y'all should be using Blackwell's for Tolkien titles ;)
Nov 8, 2019
2019/11/8 1:26:06 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

insurrbution wrote:
For those who know *about* Tolkien, y'all should be using Blackwell's for Tolkien titles ;)

Super expensive, of course. I might buy in-store if I was in the vicinity, but generally not a place I'd use for online purchasing (although I believe I have bought a couple of things from them).
Nov 8, 2019
2019/11/8 7:29:57 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

insurrbution wrote:
For those who know *about* Tolkien, y'all should be using Blackwell's for Tolkien titles ;)

The last Blackwell's I was in was the one in Manchester after they had moved into their new building. They have a big 'history of literature' on the wall with all the important events in publishing. Lots of authors and publications mentioned along with historical events with plenty of coverage for the years that Blackwell's have operated. Tolkien did not feature. Rowling did.
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