Who was Too-Ticky real life inspiration?
Positive and pragmatic Too-ticky is inspired by Tove Jansson‘s long-term life partner Tuulikki Pietilä. Pietilä worked as a graphic artist and she was one of the most influential people in Finnish graphic arts.
For the first time, Too-ticky appeared in the book Moominland Midvinter which Jansson wrote shortly after she had started dating Tuulikki. Too-ticky occurs in Moomin books only infrequently but Jansson always describes her as an important and close friend and as a reliable advisor.
An independent Too-ticky lived in the Moomin family’s swimming room and not in the Moominhouse with others. A wise and brave character perfectly describes Tuulikki as well as the appearance and the name.
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