A Birthday for Tolkien

Susan here, as our Yuletide celebration continues! Best wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year!

Each day in the Yuletide sequence has a special meaning of some sort, some more obscure than others – for instance, January 3rd in the old Celtic calendar is the original Beltane date, otherwise marked around the first of February.

And today, January 3, 2016 would have been J. R. R. Tolkien’s 124th birthday, had he lived so long, in a Gandalf sort of way. So I thought it appropriate to give a nod to Tolkein on his day -– but how does that suit Yuletide and the New Year?

FatherchristmasQuite well. Tolkien wrote and illustrated a wonderful series of letters from Father Christmas to his four children, beginning in 1925 until the children had outgrown their belief in Father Christmas. Each annual letter, handwritten and illustrated by Tolkein, told of the adventures at the North Pole of Father Christmas and his secretary-elf, Ilbereth, as well as the calamities of a certain polar bear, the mischief of the elves and the trouble with the Goblins that, now and then, attacked the North Pole sanctuary and sometimes made it quite difficult for Father Christmas to get those toys to good little boys and girls in England and all around the world …. The illustrated letters, each with watercolor drawings and Father Christmas’s shaky illuminated calligraphy, are simply magical.

Frxmas pageThe letters are all collected in The Father Christmas Letters, one of my own children’s favorite Christmas books – we read it each Christmas for years.

So in honor of Tolkien’s 124th birthday –- and to mark the third day of the New Year -– here’s a little bit of his wisdom, thoughts to take with you into a wonderful New Year.

All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.  
The Fellowship of the Ring


Fr xmas illustration

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

– The Fellowship of the Ring

“May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks.”  - The Hobbit 

“And he took her in his arms and kissed her under the sunlit sky, and he cared not that they stood high upon the walls in the sight of many.

Return of the King

 

Have a wonderful, wise and happy year! 

~Susan

50 thoughts on “A Birthday for Tolkien”

  1. Hi Susan – I loved reading the lovely and hilarious stories Tolkien wrote for his children. It’s so beautifully written and drawn. To complete each letter with a drawn postage stamp is wonderful and joyous for a child to receive.
    I just finished reading it, but it’s not so far away from Christmas that I couldn’t enjoy it.
    Thanks for making it known in this blog. I would have missed it otherwise.

    Reply
  2. Hi Susan – I loved reading the lovely and hilarious stories Tolkien wrote for his children. It’s so beautifully written and drawn. To complete each letter with a drawn postage stamp is wonderful and joyous for a child to receive.
    I just finished reading it, but it’s not so far away from Christmas that I couldn’t enjoy it.
    Thanks for making it known in this blog. I would have missed it otherwise.

    Reply
  3. Hi Susan – I loved reading the lovely and hilarious stories Tolkien wrote for his children. It’s so beautifully written and drawn. To complete each letter with a drawn postage stamp is wonderful and joyous for a child to receive.
    I just finished reading it, but it’s not so far away from Christmas that I couldn’t enjoy it.
    Thanks for making it known in this blog. I would have missed it otherwise.

    Reply
  4. Hi Susan – I loved reading the lovely and hilarious stories Tolkien wrote for his children. It’s so beautifully written and drawn. To complete each letter with a drawn postage stamp is wonderful and joyous for a child to receive.
    I just finished reading it, but it’s not so far away from Christmas that I couldn’t enjoy it.
    Thanks for making it known in this blog. I would have missed it otherwise.

    Reply
  5. Hi Susan – I loved reading the lovely and hilarious stories Tolkien wrote for his children. It’s so beautifully written and drawn. To complete each letter with a drawn postage stamp is wonderful and joyous for a child to receive.
    I just finished reading it, but it’s not so far away from Christmas that I couldn’t enjoy it.
    Thanks for making it known in this blog. I would have missed it otherwise.

    Reply

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