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.
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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