Tolkien's Santa Fan Fiction Goes on Display

By Gary Cutlack on at

As well as pretending to be a dwarf and a few warriors, author JRR Tolkien spent a fair bit of his down time imaging a fictional universe based around Santa Claus for the benefit of his children.

Over the course of more than 20 years, Tolkien wrote yearly letters to his kids in which he infringed upon the copyright of Santa by pretending to be Santa, with these self-illustrated treats filling in the world of the North Pole's most famous resident and including encounters with polar bears, goblins and the sky-filling aurora borealis.

The drawings and letters are to go on display at the Bodleian Library in Oxford, where keen Tolkien enthusiasts will be able to see some possible early links to hobbits living in holes via a Christmas letter that had its stars hiding from goblins in holes in the ground -- a theme that would reappear five years later when The Hobbit would be published. [Guardian]