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.
Meet the Moomins and their Friends
From left to right, Sniff, Snufkin, Moominpappa, Moominmamma,
Moomintroll (In front), Mymble, Groke, Snork Maiden and Hattifatteners.
Moomin Cast of Characters from Wikipedia
Vote on the Moomins
Do you know the Moomins?
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
You can see many of the Moomin characters on this colorful placement inspired by the Moomin books.
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.
- Snork Maiden
- Little My
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.
- Original Moomin
Website for the new 3-D Moomin Movie.
- Moomins and the Comet Chase (2010) - IMDb
One day Moomintroll notices that something strange has happened in the Moomin Valley - everything is grey; not just the sky and the river, but the trees, the ground, the Moominhouse, too! Moomintroll runs to ask the well-read Muskrat if he knows what
- Moomin | Facebook
The moomin puppet animations are being restored and finding new life on screen.
- Originalmoomin on Twitter
Follow the Original Moomin on Twitter.
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
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.
- Tove Jansson on Virtual Finland
Writer, painter and illustrator from a Finnish Website written in English developed by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.
- Tove Jansson on Wikipedia
All about Tove Jansson from Wikipedia.
- The Moominvalley of the Tampere Art Museum
The Moominvalley of the Tampere Art Museum is a museum devoted to original works by writer and artist Tove Jansson.
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.
- The Moomins - Fuzzy Felt Version
The Fuzzy Felt Moomins. A tribute to the 1980s puppet TV series produced by Film Polski and Jupiter Film.
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 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.
Moomins like to hug, which is evident with the hugging on this love mug.
Little my is a funny little critter, full of spirit and mischief.
The Moomins love their adventure.
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
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.
Introduce your baby to the Moomin characters with this Moomin mobile featuring many of the main characters.
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.
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.
- Moomin House in Muumimaailma (Moomin Land in Finland)
- Miniature (1:87) Scale Moomin House
- Muumitalo Piparkakkutalo Moomin Family House out of Gingerbread
- Moominworld (Muumimaailma)
- Moominmuseum (Mummilaakso) - The Moominvalley of the Tampere Art Museum
Moomin's haus in Muumimaailma by Pawel Drozd.
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Miniature Moomin House
Take a look at photographs of a Miniature (1:87) Scale Moomin House.
- Moomin House by Anna-Carin
The friendly Moomintrolls live in (a 1:87) Scale Moomin House scale structure. One of the many miniature houses created by Anna-Carin BetzÃ©n.
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.
Make Your Own Moomin Gingerbread House
Instructions from two websites on making your own Moomin Gingerbread House, or Muumitalo Piparkakkutalo.
- Moomin gingerbread house! | A cat in the kitchen
Tada! Here is finally our little family project: a Moomin gingerbread house! We found the template here and we used some of our normal gingerbread cookie dough.
- Muumitalo piparkakkutalo ohjeet
Information in Finnish on making a gingerbread house (Muumitalo piparkakkutalo).
- Gingerbread House Pattern - In Finnish
Another pdf file with instructions for making a Moomin Gingerbread house with a shooting star and trees. The instructions are written in Finnish, but you can still trace the patterns.
- Make Your Own Moomin Gingerbread House
PDF File with instructions for making your own gingerbread Moomin House.
- Moomin Gingerbread house | CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES
So me and my little sister of 12 years wanted to to the family gingerbread house this Christmas. Since we both love Moomin, was the choice easy.
- Making Moomin gingerbread house or piparitalo | Helsinki Expert blogger
Instructions and patterns for Making a Moomin gingerbread house.
- Eating Moomins
Archived Information in English on making a gingerbread Moomin house.
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.
- Fresh Squid: Wednesday October 10, 2007
The Moomins and Tove Jansson were one of the topics listed form Wednesday October 10, 2007.
Did you enjoy discovering (or learning more) about the Moomins?