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Many of you are already avid fans of Moomins/MuminTroll/Muumi. The Moomins are the major characters in the series of comic strips and books illustrated and written by renowned Finnish artist Tove Jansson, who declared that his characters are partially based on many of her family and friends.

The main appearance of Moomins is very similar to hippopotamuses but they are actually a family of trolls who live in Moominvalley. The Moomins interact with their friends such as Hemulens, Sniff, The Snork maiden, Snufkin and Little My. The major premise of most Moomin stories revolves around the idea of accepting the differences of others and accommodating their specific needs.

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The first book was released in 1945 and soon more books, a comic strip series, and a television adaptation followed. There are even a number of movies based on Jansson’s lovable family of trolls. Finland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Russia, Poland, Britain, Austria, Germany, and Japan all made TV and movie adaptations of the Moomins.

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It was not long after the success of Moomins (called the Moomin Boom) reached its peak as operas, Moomin products, playrooms, museums, albums, and even a Moomin theme park emerged in many parts of Finland and Japan.

If you have any other interesting information about Moomins, just comment and share!

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34 comments so far

rommirusina, Finland
Moomins are adorable! Muumit ovat ihastuttavia! :D
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Metatron, France
Since I'm young ( compare to 1945 ) and raised in Canada ( a bit closed for a bit country ) and watched Moomins when I was a kid, I'd never thought I'd find them later when I'd move to Europe. I even found a book one day, what a surprise !
So much memories ^_^
I didn't know it was so popular ! OO !
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Blogger, United States of America
Moomin Stamps!! - don't forget the stamps! they are great ;-)
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katts70, Estonia
Moonis are very popular here in Estonia to.Kids love them.They have even Moomin magazine ,issued every month:)
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SDSmith, United States of America
I love Moomins. I wish I lived where I could get them. At least I can trade for postcards of them.
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jp33, Brazil
i love moomins postcards, also moomins stamps are great....
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Tildamaria, Finland
They are absolutely great, but Tove Jansson was a woman!
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katts70, Estonia
yes ,Tildamaria is right!
Tove was a woman;)
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gabis, Germany
As a child I loved the Moomins very much. Later I've forgotten them... until I've got the first Moomin card. What a lovely surprise! Immediately I rememberd these lovely trolls. Now I collect these cards and I'm very happy when I find one in my postbox.
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isagv, Germany
I never heard about moomins before I started Postcrossing. I guess it was not on television in Germany or Belgium.
They are very cute i think. ;)
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sonataca, United States of America
I love moomins too much! They are two adorable and now my sisters who are non-postcrossers are falling in love with Moomins too (maybe they'll start postcrossing soon)
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geminiscp, Portugal
Another great thing I discovered with Postcrossing! They are so cute!
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paulo, Portugal
@Tildamaria: Thank you for letting us know - I've corrected the text. :)
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MedellinCali71, United States of America
big big fun of Moomins, i have a quiet large collection of all moomin related items, i recently received a wall 2009 calendar private trade... love it, and every time i get a postcard makes my day a lot brighter, i also have a book from the original writer, great stuff.
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agnieszkova, Poland
Moomins
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agnieszkova, Poland
* Moomins *.* I adore Little My C:
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rufs, Belarus
welcome to us! tove-jansson.ru - the best forum in Russian about Tove and moomins.
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naturegirl, Estonia
Gee, Paulo, You only corrected the text partially: now its "who declared that HIS characters are partially based on many of her family and friends"! :P
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InP, Finland
I like the Moomins mainly not because they look cute, but because the stories in the books are so great. Tove Jansson was a skillful author. The great thing is that the same novels can be read by a child or an adult, and they both can enjoy them in their own way: children get the adventure, adults get the philosophy. The books are really not children's books, they are very high quality adult novels. I recommend reading if you can find any in your language! (They have been translated to many languages.)

Some of the comic strips and cartoons are fascinating also, but they partially represent a bit different Moomin-world. I prefer the novels :-)
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lqnabi, Bulgaria
I like the Moomins since I was child ('80th). I'm from Bulgaria and I have 3 or 4 books from T.Jansson about The Moomins. I keep them and now I am reading it to my two childrens. I get buy every new book about Moomins which are in press in my country. I don't forget this amazing family.
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Marjann, Hungary
7 years ago I travelled to Finland and find some Moomin thiing. I remembered that we had this tale in the TV when I was a child. Unfortunately, not too much of mí friends remember them:(
If someone knows, where can I find Moomin videos in Hungarian, please tell me! I want it for my nephews. (I find some small books, but the were very-very expensive)
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steffy_weffy, United States of America
I just received a Moomin postcard. Until I read these posts I had no idea what they were/are. Now I can't wait to get another one!
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Bing, China
I love Moomins. My favorite cartoon character is Moomin Papa. :)
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TheMcCarthyClan, United States of America
We traveled to Finland in 2002, when our daughters were just 5 and 6 years old. We just fell in love with Moomins! We went to the Moomin amusement park, and came back with Moomin socks, coffee mugs and clocks. Whenever we get a Moomin postcard it brings back great memories of our wonderful vacation in Finland.
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Kiriel, Australia
When I was in Finland last I went to a Moomin museum and was totally blown away but the tiny size, fine lines and simple beauty of Tove Jansson's artwork. Just gorgeous.
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Paiviellen, Finland
I agree with Inp about the importance of the Moomon stories. They have hidden wisdom what you can interpret differently depending how old you are , when you read them. So read them , if you can !
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rabbit1211, China
Moomins' family is interesting.I appreciate the story of them.They make me smile!
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Fabula, Finland
If you visit Tampere in Finland (about an hour and a half by train from Helsinki), don't forget to stop by The Moominvalley of the Tampere Art Museum:
http://inter9.tampere.fi/muumilaakso/index.php?lang=en

In Naantali (Finland) there is a place called The Moominworld:
http://www.muumimaailma.fi/englanti/index.html
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cornpoppy, Germany
Moomins are so lovely. When my daughter was about 3 or 4 years old (now she's 18) she has two or three puzzles with Moomins on it; she loved it.
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komika, China
moomin are so cute and very kind .
I like receive moomin cards!
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mydecemberht, United States of America
Moomins are so awesome! :) I haven't gotten one of these cards yet but I hope to!
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muEr_56, China
I love moomins too!~
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pefawm, Norway
I also love the Moomins. I knew them from Dutch television.
I moved to Norway 2 years ago and here are also Moomins op tv,but here can you also buy lots of stuff with Moomins on. :-))
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LisaRNY, United States of America
I wish someone would send Me one. I've collected photos of them for a while now that I've found but would LOVE to have some of the postcards too.
If interested in a swap please e-mail Me at lmreinbolt@gmail.com I'll send you one from NEW YORK in exchange, where I am from!!
Lisa R.
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