Monday, December 20, 2010

The Father Christmas Letters

The Father Christmas Letters  
1st edition
AuthorJ. R. R. Tolkien
Edited by Baillie Tolkien
CountryUnited Kingdom
Genre(s)Fantasy fiction
PublisherHoughton Mifflin (1976)
HarperCollins (2004)
Publication date1976, reprinted in 2004
Media typePrint (Hardback & Paperback)
ISBNISBN 0-395-24981-3(1976)
ISBN 0-261-10386-5(2004)
OCLC Number2603606
LC ClassificationPZ7.T5744 Fat4
The Father Christmas Letters is a collection of letters written and illustrated by J. R. R. Tolkien between 1920 and 1942 for his children, from "Father Christmas". They tell of the adventures and misadventures of Father Christmas and his helpers, including the North Polar Bear and his two sidekick cubs, Paksu and Valkotukka.


The Houghton Mifflin edition was released in 1976. Edited by Baillie Tolkien, the second wife of Christopher Tolkien, it includes illustrations by Tolkien for nearly all the letters; however it omitted several letters and drawings. When the book was republished in 2004 it was retitled Letters from Father Christmas and several letters and drawings not contained in the original edition were added.


J. R. R. Tolkien (1976). Father Christmas Letters. Houghton Mifflin. ISBN 0-395-24981-3.
J. R. R. Tolkien (1999). Letters from Father Christmas, Revised Edition. Houghton Mifflin. ISBN 0-618-00937-X.
J. R. R. Tolkien (2004). Letters from Father Christmas. HarperCollins. ISBN 0-261-10386-5.


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