My favourite illustrations in the book are the Chrsitmas tree of 1934, and the portrait of FC wrapping presents in 1931.My dears. Another Christmas! and I almost thought at one time (in November) that there would not be one this year. There would be the 25th of December, of course, but nothing from your great-great-etc. grandfather at the North Pole.
Goblins. The worst attack we have had for centuries. They have been fearfully wild and angry every since we took all their stolen toys off them last year and dosed them with green smoke. You remember the Red Gnomes promised to clear all of them out. There was not one to be found in any hole or cave by New Year's day. But I said they would crop up again - in a century or so.
They have not waited so long! They must have gathered their nasty friends from mountains all over the world, and been busy all the summer while we were at our sleepiest. This time we had very little warning....
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.The set designer must have read Tolkien. I wonder if the polar bear is there, too.