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The Moomins
Moomintroll in Muumimaailma, Naantali. 2010
AuthorTove Jansson
Original titleMumintroll
  • To English: Elizabeth Portch, Thomas Warburton, Kingsley Hart
IllustratorTove Jansson
GenreChildren's fantasy
PublisherDrawn and Quarterly, Macmillan, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Schildts, Zangavar, Sort of Books
Media typePrint, digital

The Moomins (Swedish: Mumintroll) are the main characters in a series of books and a comic strip by Swedish-speaking Finnish illustrator and writer Tove Jansson, originally published in Swedish by Schildts[2] in Finland.

They are a family of white, roundish fairy tale characters with large snouts that make them look like hippopotamuses. The carefree and adventurous family live in their house in Moominvalley, though in the past, their part-time residences have included a lighthouse and a theatre. They have had many adventures along with their various friends.

In all, nine books were released in the series, together with five picture books and a comic strip being released between 1945 and 1993.

The Moomins have since been the subject for many television series, movies and even a theme park called Moomin World in Naantali, Finland.

References[change | change source]

  1. Meek, Margaret (2001). Children's Literature and National Identity. Stoke on Trent, UK: Trentham Books. p. 4. ISBN 978-1-85856-204-9.
  2. "Publisher's webpage about the Moomins (in Swedish only)". Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2016-01-02.