Happy Birthday J.R.R. Tolkien!
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on January 3, 1892. The famous author of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, Tolkien was also a professor at Oxford and a loving father.
Today, I’m going to highlight one of his lesser known works: The Father Christmas Letters. This endearing collection of letters was written and illustrated by Tolkien. The letters, from Father Christmas, are to his four children as they grew up in the early 20th century. Many are in reply to their own letters and, judging by the dates, they were sometimes thinking about Christmas as early as October.
The published book can also be titled Letters from Father Christmas, depending on your edition. Not every book has all the letters and illustrations.
In the world of the North Pole, Tolkien exercises his talent with invented languages, as well as goblins, elves, and polar bears. I really enjoyed reading this collection and seeing the humorous illustrations. I think other Lord of the Rings fans would find it interesting too, but as I mentioned above it is not related to Tolkien’s other fantasy works. No Middle-earth knowledge is required. The Father Christmas Letters is a sweet, short book for children and adults.