J.R.R. Tolkien’s Father Christmas Letters Explored at Southern Oaks Library


Go beyond the familiar tales of Middle-Earth, “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit,” when the Southern Oaks Library re-discovers Tolkien’s enchanting Father Christmas Letters on Wednesday, December 19 at 2:00 p.m.  A discussion of the letters and their meaning will be led by Janet Croft from the University of Oklahoma.  The library is located at 6900 S Walker. Call 631-4468 for program details.

“Even people who aren’t readers of epic fantasy know who Tolkien was and what he wrote,” said Southern Oaks librarian John Hilbert, “but professionally he wasn’t a novelist but a professor of English at Oxford University.  He was also a proud dad with four children.  When the kids were young, he sent them illustrated letters as from Father Christmas relating Santa’s adventures.”

“The Father Christmas Letters” event is free and open to the public.

“I think this will be a surprising program,” Hilbert added, “revealing a side of Tolkien that many of fans won’t know about.”

For more information about this or any Metropolitan Library System program, visit the MLS website, www.metrolibrary.org.

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 13 libraries and five extension libraries. Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Patience S. Latting Northwest, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres. Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City. You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org.