SAPAC Talk: J.R.R. Tolkien's Letters From Father Christmas

Janet Brennan Croft will present "J.R.R. Tolkien's Letters From Father Christmas."

J.R.R. Tolkien is of course best known as the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. The Hobbit started out as stories that Tolkien told his children, but that wasn’t the only story he told them.

Every year from 1920 through 1943, Tolkien pretended to be Father Christmas, writing illustrated letters to his children and leaving them on the mantelpiece above the fireplace for them to find on Christmas morning.

In this presentation, Janet Brennan Croft will show some of the illustrations, read from the letters, and talk about how these letters fit in with the themes and motifs of his broader literary output.

Janet Brennan Croft is head of access and delivery services at Rutgers University Libraries and a world renowned expert on J.R.R. Tolkien. She is author of War and the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien and is credited as “Tolkien Scholar” in Peter Jackson’s film “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.”


All SAPAC talks are held in the Pane Room at Alexander Library, with videoconferencing to Dana Library Room 454, Robeson Library Room 290, and Smith Library C916. This event is free and open to the public.

Alexander Library
Dana Library
George F. Smith Library
Robeson Library