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The Moomin Family

The Moomins are the central characters in a series of books and a comic strip by Swedish-Finn illustrator and writer Tove Jansson, originally published in Swedish in Finland. They are a family of trolls who are white and roundish, with large snouts.

The carefree and adventurous family live in their house in Moominvalley, though in the past their temporary residences have included a lighthouse and a theatre. They have many adventures with their various friends.

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Moominvalley

Moominvalley is an idyllic and peaceful place where the Moomins live in harmony with nature. The largest building in the valley is the Moominhouse, and its occupants welcome all visitors from the valley and further afield.

A river runs through this beautiful valley, which lies between the sea and the mountains, including a range called the Lonely Mountains. When spring arrives, the valley bursts into bloom, as does Moominmamma’s treasured garden.

A path leads from the Moominhouse to the seashore, where the Moomins have built a small bathhouse. The Moomins love the sea and enjoy hanging out at the beach. Sometimes, they set out on journeys of exploration that take them far from Moominvalley, but they know they always have a safe home to return to.

As autumn approaches, the Moomins prepare to hibernate. By the time Moominvalley is carpeted in snow, the Moomins are already in a deep sleep. You can study Moominvalley throughout the seasons using the maps you’ll find in the books Finn Family Moomintroll, Moominland Midwinter and Moominvalley in November.

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Read about the Moomin books

Books

Be inspired by Moomin quotes

Quotes

Do you know the creator of the Moomins, Tove Jansson?

As a visual artist, illustrator and author, Jansson expanded and transformed her expression tirelessly up to the last years of her life. Her works are a reflection of an entire life philosophy, eliciting enthusiastic responses from children and adults alike in all countries where her works are known.

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