Moomins, Who Are They? – Characters In Moominvalley

The Person Behind The Moomins

Tove Jansson, a Swedish-speaking author from Finland, gave birth to the Moomin characters in her books about the Moomintrolls. The name of her first book in 1945 was ”The Moomins and the great flood”. Her emotions were negatively affected by the World War II and as a contrast to that she wanted to write something naïve and innocent. That's also what most of the Mooomin characters are – naïve and innocent. Her first book didn't get much attention, but the rest of her Moomin books, picture books and comic strips made Tove Jansson famous.

The characters in Moominvalley
The characters in Moominvalley

Different Characters In Moominvillage

The Moomin family consists of Moominpappa who always wears his black hat and loves the sea, Moominmamma who always wears her red apron and doesn't go anywhere without her purse and Moomintroll who is their son. The Moomins are white and look a little like white hippopotamuses walking on their back legs just like humans. They live in a blue, round house in the Moominvalley. All winter long they sleep in their house – just like bears.

Moominmamma takes care of the household and the Moomin family. She is a very loving mother, who runs things very smoothly. She wants everyone around her to be happy.

Moominpappa loves philosophy and reading books. He has been on many adventures and he is now writing his memoirs.

Moomintroll is very kind to people around him. He loves spending time with his friends in Moominvalley. One of his interests is collecting shells and rocks.

Other characters in the Moominvalley are Snorkmaiden and her brother Snork. Snorkmaiden is Moomintroll's best friend and she later becomes his girlfriend. Snorks look like Moomins, but they have an ability to change colors depending on their mood.

The other characters look like humans or strange animals. Little My is personally my favourite character. She is a girl with red hair and a hot temper living with the Moomin family. Little My has a sister named Mymble and they have a half brother named Snufkin. Mymble is much calmer than her little sister, but they look almost the same with the difference that Little My is very little and wears red clothes while Mymble is bigger and wears pink/purple clothes.

Snufkin always wears green clothes and a green hat. He has everything he owns in his backpack. Every fall he goes south to escape the cold winter. Every spring he returns to the Moominvalley. Snufkin enjoys fishing and living close to the nature.

Another character is Stinky. He loves to cause trouble and steal things. This little black creature is proud of what he does and he is also proud of his reputation.

Too-Ticky is a friend of the Moomin family. She helps them with different kind of things and fixes things that are broken.

Mrs Fillyfjonk is a lady with a long nose and red clothes. She loves taking care of her garden and her three children. To Fillyfjonk it's particularly important that her children avoid bad habits.

When Sniff was little, his parents the Muddler and the Fuzzy lost him, but the Moomin family found Sniff and took care of him. Sniff is brown and has a large nose, large ears and a long tail. He lives in the Moomin house. One of his interests is to investigate new things, but he always get bored very fast. Unlike the rest of the Moomin family, Sniff is afraid of water.

The Muddler is the father of Sniff. He is an anxious creature, who lives in a coffee tin. He collects buttons that he can't really take care of. He always forgets and loses things.

Thingumy and Bob are a tiny, inseparable duo and they are twins, always walking hand in hand speaking a strange language.

The Hemulens like to keep the order in the Moominvalley. They have a total lack of humour, but they always mean well.

The Groke is a grey, quiet creature walking around scaring people. The ground around her is freezing. Her eyes stares and she shows her teeth in a long row.

The Hattifatteners are faceless, deaf and dumb. They gather in groups and roaming is their only interest. They change colors according the the surrounding and at thunderstorms the Hattifatteners become highly charged with electricity. Then you should avoid them. At other times they are harmless. Every year at Midsummer they gather and have a meeting.

There are more characters in Moominvalley, but these above are the most common.

Moomins Are Popular

If you haven't read any Moomin books, I recommend you to do it. These books are very different from other children's books. Moomins are very popular in Finland. There are so many different Moomin things to buy here in stores. Many people collect Moomin mugs and other Moomin stuff. There's a whole world of Moomin stuff.

Films and TV series has been made from the books. I watched Moomin on TV as a child and my children are watching Moomins now. Even as an adult I'm still fascinated by these strange creatures in Moominvalley.

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Kalmiya 4 years ago from North America

What a funny little show! My family is from Finland though I've never had the opportunity to visit so thanks for this taste of the old country :)

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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

Hi Kalmiya, the Moomins are probably not very well known in Canada and in the US. I just know that they are popular in Northern Europe and in Japan. Nice to meet someone whose relatives are from Finland. Thank you for your comment!

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JKenny 4 years ago from Birmingham, England

Oh wow! I remember watching this as a kid. It was one of those shows I didn't quite understand at the time, but it still fascinated me nonetheless. Thanks for writing this.

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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

JKenny, you're welcome. Moomins are a little strange. Thank you! :)

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I have been trying all morning to get over to this hub and give you credit. I finally made it! I have never heard of this show...what does that say about me? I now have to look for it so I can rent it.

Wonderful hub, Made, and thank you for introducing me to a little strangeness.

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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

billybuc, I'm not surprised you haven't heard of the Moomins. I could actually say they are a part of the Finnish culture. There's even a "Moomin World" in southern Finland. I figured I should start writing more about typical Finnish things in my hubs. Thank you for your time and comment!

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

You've explained and described the Moomins so well. I'm embarrassed to say I've never heard of them before either. Maybe they haven't hit the States? Either way it is nice to learn about different cultures. Sometimes we are so isolated in our thinking though we did embrace the Teletubies and of course Thomas the Tank Engine. Voted up and interesting.

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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

Hi tillsontitan, I don't expect anyone to recognize the Moomins. We all come from different backgrounds and live different lives in different cultures. That's what makes "Hubland" interesting. By reading other people's hubs I learn a lot. Thank you! I appreciate you stopping by and voting. :)

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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden

Oh, I love the Moomins and so did my daughter when she was a child! We have Moomin books, Moomin movies and more Moomin stuff:) The Moomins are very popular in Sweden and they are very well known by many generations. The stories are as you say a bit different but that is what makes them special and exciting since you will never know what to expect from the Moomins:) My favorite character is Little My, she is so refreshing! Thanks for writing this and I loved the video too! Voted up, and pressing every appropriate button!


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

Not heard of this before but having just returned from a trip to Scandinavia this is a timely hub to read. Sounds like a wonderful series for children and adults to enjoy. Gotta catch some of moomin works soon. Thanks for a great intro and insight! Voted up, of course! Mohan

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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

thougtforce, Little My is definitely refreshing. She tells it like it is. Thank you for pushing my buttons. :) I really appreciate that. Have a nice weekend!

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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

Docmo, I just watched the photos from your trip to Scandinavia. You have a beautiful family. Thank you for reading and voting. I'm sure you'll like the Moomins.

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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

This sounds a lot like the Finnish version of the Smurfs. A lot of the characters have human insights and qualities but are not human. Interesting hub :).

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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

Thank you Alecia Murphy. Moomins are odd cratures, but very intertaining. They seem to fascinate people in all ages.

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Troyangeluk 4 years ago from UK

oh man i remember this from when I was a kid, childhood memories brough back, thanks for sharing.

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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

Troyangeluk, I guess many children in Europe have seen Moomins on TV. Thanks for stopping by.

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