24 Things You May Not Know About The Moomins
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How Moomin are you?
A quick reminder: The Moomins are a fairytale family of Finnish "trolls" who have adventures with their friends and neighbours in Moomin Valley.
The main characters include Moomintroll, his parents, Moominmamma and Moominpappa, Snufkin, Little My, and the terrifying Groke.
The now internationally beloved Moomins first appeared in a series of comic strips and novels by Finnish writer, artist, and illustrator Tove Jansson.
These stories later inspired international TV shows, films, and a staggering range of merchandise that sells well even today. A speciality Moomin shop even opened in London's Covent Garden in 2011.
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So now to the stuff you might not know. Jansson drew her first ever Moomin on the toilet wall of her family's summer house during a childhood argument with her brothers about philosophy.
The first printed Moomin appeared in an anti-Hitler cartoon Jansson drew for satirical Finnish magazine Garm in 1938. She signed herself off with an angry Moomin.