Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. TolkienDie Briefe vom Weihnachtsmann zeigen den Autor J.R.R. Tolkien von seiner gemütvollsten Seite. Der Familienvater hat diese heiteren, atmosphärisch dichten Geschichten eigens für seine Kinder erfunden. Illustrationen und Briefe sind für Leser jeden Alters und ebenso zum Vorlesen geeignet.
Jedes Jahr im Dezember traf für Tolkiens Kinder ein Umschlag mit einer Briefmarke vom Nordpol ein. Er enthielt einen handgeschriebenen Brief und eine schöne farbig ausgestaltete Zeichnung oder Skizzen.
Die Briefe kamen vom Weihnachtsmann und erzählten wunderbare Geschichten vom Leben am Nordpol: davon, wie sich auf einmal alle Rentiere losgerissen hatten und wild herumsprangen, wie der Polarbär auf die Spitze des Nordpols kletterte, um die Zipfelmütze des Weihnachtsmannes zu holen und schließlich durch das Hausdach vom Weihnachtsmann mitten ins Eßzimmer fiel ...
From the north pole to Middle-earth: Tolkien's Christmas letters to his children
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I n December Father Christmas wrote a letter to a modest house in the Oxford suburbs, enclosing a watercolour sketch of his own rather more exotic domed snow house, approached by a flight of steps lit by ice lanterns. The letters followed the children to several addresses in Leeds where their father, JRR Tolkien, took up a university post, and then back to Oxford when he became became professor of Anglo-Saxon. They were eventually delivered to a much larger house, which has now been listed , despite its scant architectural interest, as the birthplace of the books that spawned a publishing and movie empire, The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The illustrated letters continued to arrive every Christmas Eve, sometimes delivered by a postman who had been persuaded to include them with the more boring letters and cards, sometimes materialising on the hearth rug with a handmade stamp. Some years Father Christmas was evidently very busy, and could only pass on the briefest snippets of news, and other years, when he had time on his hands, he could include elaborate multi-layered paintings. Many recount the adventures of his friend and helper the Polar Bear — in he accidentally switched on all the Northern Lights — or the goblins who attempted to steal the stored presents in
Tolkien between and for his children, from Father Christmas. They were edited by Baillie Tolkien , second wife of his youngest son, Christopher. The book was warmly received by critics, and it has been suggested that elements of the stories inspired parts of Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. The stories are told in the format of a series of letters, told either from the point of view of Father Christmas or his elvish secretary. They document the adventures and misadventures of Father Christmas and his helpers, including the North Polar Bear and his two sidekick cubs, Paksu and Valkotukka. The stories include descriptions of the massive fireworks that create the northern lights and how Polar Bear manages to get into trouble on more than one occasion.