A Moomintroll is small and shy and fat, and has a Moominpappa and a Moominmamma. Moomins live in the forests of Finland. One day Moominpappa is feeling at a loss. He has no idea what to do with himself because it seems everything has already been done. So he takes his family off to start a new life in a lighthouse on a tiny, rocky island far out to sea. It's rather quiet and lonely at first, but as they begin to explore their unusual surroundings the Moomins discover some funny and surprising new things about themselves.
In recent years, Moomins creator Tove Janssen has become a queer icon. What her stories capture, says Elizabeth Lovatt, is the importance and joy of choosing your own family.
On the anniversary of Tove Jansson’s first book, The Moomins and the Great Flood, we take a look back on her wartime creations and why they continue to resonate.
We all need a little guidance in life, and who better to turn to than Tove Jansson’s charming family of Moomintrolls and their diverse friends. From the secret to having courage to learning to be patient, here are our favourite life lessons from the Moomins.