But What is a Moomin?

Images courtesy of: Flufftailglenasenaflorence craye and su-lin. Moomin & Sniff amigurumis from irenestrange.

Perhaps you are wondering, or perhaps you know. Just what is a moomin? Well you are in luck readers. I am a bona fide moomin expert. The moomins were created by author Tove Jansson and stem from a series of books originally published in Finland. I was introduced to the moomins when I stumbled across the first book in the series, Finn Family Moomintroll, in my father's childhood home. I quickly decided that these obscure books were a hidden treasure.

The moomins are strangely shaped creatures who inhabit a land called Moominvalley. The main characters, Moominmama, Moominpapa, Snorkmaiden and Moomin, all appear to be a cross between a hippopotamus and a troll. Or possibly a capybara. The Moomin family, along with a number of other transient boarders, live in a blue wooden tower that Moominpapa built himself.

They have lots of wonderful friends including a vagabond, harmonica-playing human named Snufkin and a ditzy kangaroo named Sniff. Moomin and crew spend their days stealing hats from wizards (resulting in their house being turned into a jungle) and traveling to an island inhabited by worms. In a later book their peaceful existence is threatened by a comet. Oh my!

Have a question about the moominworld? Or have your own fascination with moomins? Let me know in the comments!


  1. Hi, Do you know much about Moomin box drinks? I found some made by Mailn in Finland, they expired a long time ago but I want to know if they are worth selling on ebay. Thanks.


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