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The Moomins

Updated on April 7, 2013

Moomintroll, Moominmama, Moominpapa & Friends

My mother is from Finland, so I grew up reading stories from Moomin Valley about critters called the Moomins and all of their friends.

The Moomins are creations of author and illustrator Tove Jansson. The original versions were written in Swedish but have were translated into English. Moomins love nature and all her creatures. They possess a tolerant and open attitude toward life with a very strong desire for adventures.

The English versions were the ones I remember being fascinating by as a child. The Moomin characters really sparked my imagination and introduced me to fun and also a darker element to things in life. Some of the characters were a bit gloomy and melancholy, or loners but still lovable.

The Moomins are characters that I have introduced to my own children.

Thankfully the books are now much more easily available in the United States. When I was little we had to get them sent by relatives in Finland.

Image Moomin Book available on Amazon.

Meet the Moomins and their Friends

Image from Malin Maskros
Image from Malin Maskros

From left to right, Sniff, Snufkin, Moominpappa, Moominmamma,

Moomintroll (In front), Mymble, Groke, Snork Maiden and Hattifatteners.

Moomin Cast of Characters from Wikipedia

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Visit the Official Moomin Site

The Official Moomin site is written in Finnish, but you can change the entire site to English by clicking on the English Flag at the bottom of the page.

Or try it in Finnish and scroll through the cast of characters by clicking on link that says 'Muumilaakson asukkaat.'

The Moomins on a Dangerous Journey

Moomin Dangerous Journey Placemat
Moomin Dangerous Journey Placemat

You can see many of the Moomin characters on this colorful placement inspired by the Moomin books.

 

Colorful Moomins

Available on Amazon
Available on Amazon

Moomins on a Dangerous Journey Placemats available on Amazon

Main Moomin Characters

I've listed out the English names of the Main Moomin Characters. Since the books were originally written in Swedish, then translated to Finnish, these characters are know by different names depending on the language you were reading the books.

  1. Moomintroll
  2. Moominpappa
  3. Moominmamma
  4. Sniff
  5. Snork Maiden
  6. Snufkin
  7. Mymble
  8. Little My
  9. Hattifatteners
  10. Groke

Moomins and the Comet Chase Trailer

A 2D look at the movie, Moomins and the Comet Chase.

Moomins and the Comet Chase

A 3-D Moomin Movie released in August 2010 in Finland. Moomin and the Comet Chase is the first full length Nordic 3D film.

One of My All Time Favorite Children's Books

The Book about Moomin, Mymble and Little My

I remember reading this Book about Moomin, Mymble and Little My. My mom had one of the original version of the book which would probably be a collectible by now.

It was amazing with cut out images on the pages and bright vibrant colors that pull you through the story.

It looks like "The Book about Moomin, Mymble and Little My" is out of print again, only available from some sellers through Amazon. I am not sure why, because it is a really fun book for children.

The Book about Moomin, Mymble and Little My

The Book About Moomin, Mymble and Little My
The Book About Moomin, Mymble and Little My

This is one of the most fun books I can remember reading as a child.

It had cut out images on the pages and bright vibrant colors that pull you through the story.

 

Tove Marika Jansson - Author and Illustrator of the Moomins

Tove Marika Jansson 1914 - 2001. Recipient of the Hans Christian Andersen Award for Children's Books.

Bibliography of Moomin Books - Books by Tove Janssen on the Moomins and Friends

Listed in Order of Publication.

  • The Moomins and the Great Flood, 1945
  • Comet in Moominland, 1946
  • Finn Family Moomintroll, 1948
  • The Exploits of Moominpappa, 1950
  • The Book About Moomin, Mymble and Little My, 1952
  • Moominsummer Madness, 1954
  • Moominland in Midwinter, 1957
  • Who Will Comfort Toffle?, 1960
  • Tales from Moominvalley, 1962
  • Moominpappa at Sea, 1965
  • Moominvalley in November, 1970

Moomins, Moominland and Moominvalley Books

These are the fun Moomin Books that I remember reading as a child.

More Books About the Moomins and Friends

More of the fun Moomin Books.

The Moomins Theme Song

The Moomins tv show is based on a series of books by the Swedish Speaking Finn Tove Jansson. The Cartoon, although made in Japan, was directed by Tove's brother Lars Jansson.

This is the Opening to the Moomins Cartoon sung in English.

Translation for the Moomin Theme Song

here is the English translation for the Moomin Theme Song posted on YouTube:

  • Here they are for one and all,
  • the Moomins are about to call,
  • Come and sit down here with me,
  • they're here for you on your tv,
  • they are the moomins,
  • they are the moomins.
  • Come with me give me your hand,
  • I'll take you off to moomin land,
  • you can fly just like a bird or sing the best song ever heard,
  • they are the moomins,
  • they are the moomins,
  • they are the moomins.
  • Ma ma ma ma ma ma ma ma ma ma
  • Pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa

A Moomin Closing Theme Song

The Moomin Closing Theme Song sung in English.

The Fuzzy Felt Version Moomins

See the Moomins come to life as fuzzy felt characters on this website created in the United Kingdom, for the Fuzzy Felt Version of the Moomins.

The English version of the Felt version shows were broadcast in the 1980's in the U.K.

You can watch Mamma's Island, one of the episodes on this website for the Fuzzy Felt Moomins.

Moomins Intro and Ending on You Tube

A short clip of the opening sequence.

Moomin Toys on Ebay

You can find Moomin products on Ebay especially limited edition items. Some of the memorabilia may be shipping from other countries.

Moomin Chairs

Image by Elaine Ashton
Image by Elaine Ashton

Moominmama, Moominpapa, Snufkin and Little My as Moomin Chairs by Elaine Ashton.

Used under Creative Commons License

Moomin Mugs on Amazon

I didn't realize the ones we had were worth so much. I'll have to stop the girls from using the ones that we have.

Arabia Finland Moomin Mug - Love
Arabia Finland Moomin Mug - Love

Moomins like to hug, which is evident with the hugging on this love mug.

 
Arabia Finland Moomin Mug - Little My
Arabia Finland Moomin Mug - Little My

Little my is a funny little critter, full of spirit and mischief.

 
Arabia Finland Moomin Mug - Adventure
Arabia Finland Moomin Mug - Adventure

The Moomins love their adventure.

 
Arabia Finland Moomin Mug - Hattifattners
Arabia Finland Moomin Mug - Hattifattners

The Hattifattners are strange silent creatures that are attracted to lightening.

 

Moomin Mugs on eBay

Many of the Moomin Mugs can be found on eBay.

More Fun Moomin Items on Amazon

Moomin puzzles, mobiles and more mugs

Moomin Matching Game
Moomin Matching Game

The Moomin Matching Game is a fun way to learn about the Moomin characters and improve memory and matching skills. Recommended for children 3 and up.

 
Moomin Mobile
Moomin Mobile

Introduce your baby to the Moomin characters with this Moomin mobile featuring many of the main characters.

 
Moomin Sticky Notes
Moomin Sticky Notes

Write your messages on nine different Moomin sticky notes.

 

Moomin Videos from Amazon

I'd ordered some of the Videos for my kids (and mom) to watch. We discovered that while they didn't play on the DVD, they did play on the computer.

Moomin Madness

Moomin Mania

Even though the Moomins aren't well known in the United States, they are extremely popular in Finland, Europe and for some reason Japan. Here are just some of the other Moomin sites, Moomin fan fun and Moomin memorabilia that can be experienced.

  1. Moomin House in Muumimaailma (Moomin Land in Finland)
  2. Miniature (1:87) Scale Moomin House
  3. Muumitalo Piparkakkutalo Moomin Family House out of Gingerbread
  4. Moominworld (Muumimaailma)
  5. Moominmuseum (Mummilaakso) - The Moominvalley of the Tampere Art Museum

Moomin House

Moomin's haus in Muumimaailma by Pawel Drozd.

Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms

of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2.

Miniature Moomin House

Take a look at photographs of a Miniature (1:87) Scale Moomin House.

Image by Axis of Evil
Image by Axis of Evil

Make a Muumitalo Piparkakkutalo

Making Gingerbread houses has always been a Christmas tradition in my Parent's house.

Since my daughter's have been playing with their own Moomin doll house, we might try making a Moomin Gingerbread house this year.

Two websites are listed below with information, instructions and patterns for creating your own Moomin Family House out of Gingerbread.

You can even order a kit from eBay.

Originally from Axis of Ãvil. Eating Moomins. December 2005. Used under Creative Commons License 1.0.

Make Your Own Moomin Gingerbread House

Instructions from two websites on making your own Moomin Gingerbread House, or Muumitalo Piparkakkutalo.

Moominworld - A Theme Park For Children Based on the Moomin Books

An online site about Moominworld, the Theme Park, or Muumimaailma in Finnish.

Moominworld is a theme Park created especially for children, and based on the Moomin books by Tove Jansson. for the Moomins.

Moominworld is situated on the island of Kailo beside the old town of Naantali, near the city of Turku in Western Finland.

Moominmuseum - The Moominvalley of the Tampere Art Museum

Moominvalley is located in the city of Tampere, Finland. The museum focuses on exhibiting the original illustrations and hand-made Moomin models by Tove Jansson.

You can see quite a bit of these amazing drawings just be visiting the website.

History of this Moomins Lens (Webpage)

Inspiration for Squidoo Lens for the Moomins and Tove Janssen

When I was thinking about my favorite children's books for other lenses, I realized how much the Moomins had played a role in my early book memories.

When I searched Squidoo to see if anyone had done anything on the Moomins, the only lens that I discovered that mentioned Moomins was the Fresh Squid for the Day of October 10, 2007. (This was an older program to encourage lensmasters to make new lenses).

The rest as they say is history.

Fresh Squid Provided a Boost of Encouragement for the Moomin lens - Encouragement for Squid Lens Topics from Fresh Squid

I discovered that Moomins and Tove Jansson were listed as the Fresh Squid for the Day of October 10, 2007.

Did you enjoy discovering (or learning more) about the Moomins?

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @Fiorenza: I still enjoy the Moomins even to this day.

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      Fiorenza 4 years ago from UK

      I had a couple of these as a child, Finn Family Moomintroll and Comet in Moominland, and loved them. Thanks for the memories.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @anonymous: Hope you learned something about my favorite Finnish 'hippos'

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      can't believe I've never heard of the Moomins before this!

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @SheGetsCreative: They don't get a lot of publicity in the U.S.

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      Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Enjoyed it - can't believe I've never heard of the Moomins before this!

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @Scarlettohairy: Hope your hippo loving grandkids love the Moomins too.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @grannysage: You've missed out. The Moomins are great fun for kids and many of the themes resonate with adults.

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      grannysage 4 years ago

      It is very odd, seeing as I have both Finnish and Swedish ancestors, I have never heard of the Moomins. They look like a lot of fun.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      This is the first I've seen or heard of the Moomins. They look very cute! Hippos are big with my grandkids!

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @Kim Milai: I love the Moomins too. Wish more people knew about them in the U.S.

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      Kim Milai 4 years ago

      I just love the Moomin Stories. My favorite is Mid Winter thank you for this nicely done article.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 5 years ago from Northern California

      @ismeedee: Nice to know someone else likes the Moomins.

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      FallenAngel 483 5 years ago

      Loved these as a kid and still do. The Groke was my favourite monster but she had a soft side too. Great lens I really enjoyed reading it.

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      ismeedee 5 years ago

      My eldest son fell in love with the Moomins when he was little...he now has collected a few Moomin bits for his new apartment and he's 22!! Haha. Now he's passed on the love to his little brother who is currently reading his second Moomins book, Moominpapa at sea! There are some resources here both of them will love!

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 5 years ago from Northern California

      @FallenAngel 483: They really are a wonderful series. Too bad that they aren't read more in the States.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 5 years ago from Northern California

      @maijame: Couldn't imagine not growing up without the Moomins. Wonderful loving little critters.

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      maijame 5 years ago

      I read the Moomin books in the early 70's, when my Finnish father introduced me to them. I even made Moomintroll and Moomin Mamma dolls, so that I could play with my new found "friends". Great lens and trip down memory lane!

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      Sher Ritchie 5 years ago

      I remember reading this series when I was a girl - I found it myself at the library and went back for a new volume almost each visit. I remember the immense sense of quiet that pervaded these books, even when the characters were together, and the sense of 'being in your own company and making your own adventures'. The Moomins felt like portraits of what-you-do-and-what-you-imagine-and-the-stories-you-tell-when-you-are-in-your-own-room-as-a-child.

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      Moe Wood 6 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      I want to visit the Moomins house! LOL so cute. I bought two Moomins soup mugs on ebay a few years ago. I smile every time I use it. The drawings are so cute.

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      chloecapulet 7 years ago

      I am from Taiwan but I have some Finnish friends. I just got back from Finland and bought some Moomin stuff. Happy and satisfied!

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      Tuula Olin 8 years ago

      Hi, I love this lens! I'm from Finland and we have all the Muumi -videos. And the new style books, and the figurines. I think Moomin Mamma is just the best role model to us all moms. My daughter basically learned to speak Finnish in Australia from these videos. If you want to read my story go to

      https://hubpages.com/community/Things_from_Finland

      5 * and I'll be following you! Tuula

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      CCGAL 9 years ago

      What FUN! I had never seen or heard of Moomins before, but they are delightful. 5*!

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      jpetals 9 years ago

      Great lens, very cool. I had never heard of the Moomins before in my life. Just thought I'd follow your tweet. =) Five stars.

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      GrowWear 9 years ago

      Love the picture of the Moomin house. First heard about Moomins on NPR. Have been a fan ever since. Great lens!

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      orebro 10 years ago

      Welcome to the Scandinavian/Nordic Group!

      Wonderful Moomin lens! 5 stars to you!

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      Johann The Dog 10 years ago from Northeast Georgia

      Very cute, love your lens! - Johann

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      Meloramus 10 years ago

      This is a really sweet lens. I liked the Moomins, but Little Mi used to scare me! 5*

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      CoralMilburnCur 10 years ago

      Wonderful lens! 5 stars. Welcome to Education, Education, Education Group. I have also featured this lens in my home-schooling resource: www.squidoo.com/home-education.

      Best wishes

      Coral