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Moomintroll (Swedish: Mumintrollet) (Also known as Moomin) is the main protagonist in the Moomin books by Tove Jansson.[1] He lives in the Moominhouse together with his father Moominpappa and his mother Moominmamma and has a keen spirit of adventure. Moomintroll is a "moomin" – a little white troll with a hippopotamus-like big round snout.[2]

Moomins character
Moomintroll in Moomin World theme park, Naantali, Finland.
Moomintroll in Moomin World theme park, Naantali, Finland.
First appearanceThe Moomins and the Great Flood
Created byTove Jansson
FamilyMoominpappa (father)
Moominmamma (mother)

The asteroid 58345 Moomintroll was named in his honor.


Moomintroll was initially called snork. Jansson described him as her alter ego.[3]


The character has a mostly positive reception from critics.[4][5]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "The Guardian view on Moomintroll: a hero for our time". The Guardian. 16 December 2016. Retrieved 16 December 2016 – via The Guardian.
  2. ^ "Big in Japan, but could America love Moomin?". Reuters. 2009-10-06. Retrieved 2011-10-01.
  3. ^ Karjalainen, Tuula (2014). Tove Jansson. Work and Love. Penguin UK. ISBN 9781846148491.
  4. ^ Norrman, Ralf; Haarberg, Jon (1 June 1980). Nature and language: a semiotic study of cucurbits in literature. Routledge & Kegan Paul. ISBN 9780710004536. Retrieved 16 December 2016 – via Google Books.
  5. ^ "Books from Finland". Publishers' Association of Finland. 1 January 1991. Retrieved 16 December 2016 – via Google Books.


  • Jones, W. Glyn (1984). Vägen från Muminsalen (in Swedish). Hangö: Bonniers. ISBN 978-91-0-046191-1.
  • Westin, Boel (2007). "A painter's reflection: The self-representational art of Tove Jansson". In McLoughlin, Kate; Brock, Malin Lidström (eds.). Tove Jansson Rediscovered. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84718-269-2.