Father Christmas Letters (merged)

Discussion in 'Other Works by J.R.R. Tolkien' started by Tao, Mar 5, 2002.

  1. Manwe

    Manwe Trogdor!!!

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    Ive never read the letters but my family has a copy and my brother seems to like it so I might read it too.
     
  2. FoolOfATook

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    Yeah, the North Polar Bear is great.

    Since the illustrations and the different styles of writing JRRT used for the different character's letters are so important, an e-version would be somewhat deficient, unless someone scanned the whole book and posted it as a serious of image files...
     

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    Christmas is coming!

    Amazon have the book here in the UK, and here in the US.

    I think the Letters from Father Christmas show just how in tune JRRT was with children and their fantasies. Adults, of course, are just children who got older. I really love reading this book! I never realised how many problems Father Christmas has had in trying to get everything ready on time, especially with goblin attacks, and the North Polar Bear trying to help!

    Re: Letters to Father Christmas

    A quote from the letter sent by Father Nicholas Christmas to the Tolkien children on December 21st 1933:
    My favourite illustrations in the book are the Chrsitmas tree of 1934, and the portrait of FC wrapping presents in 1931.

    There is a short phrase in elvish in the letter to Priscilla in 1937, written by Ilbereth, FC's secretary elf. Does anyone know what it says? It's not translated.

    Copyright Infringement?

    When I saw the Father Christmas HQ on "Rise of the Guardians", I recognised it immediately! The top image is from the film, the bottom one is fromTolkien's "Letters from Father Christmas". See what you think....
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    The set designer must have read Tolkien. I wonder if the polar bear is there, too.
     

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    They even copied the windows glowing out of the ice underneath the house. This was FC's second home (according to Tolkien), the first having been demolished after a freak accident involving Father Christmas' hat. I now feel compelled to buy the video and see if the influences are limited to FC's HQ. This makes me realise what a hopelessly lost cause I am.
     
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    I have a question.In the swedish version i got there are only a few pictures of the letters does the english version have pictures of all the letters?

    Is there an edition where you get to read copies of the written letters and not the letters printed in machine text? I have looked in the 70s edition and swedish edition and they dont have many of the letters.
     
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