The Moomins (Swedish: Mumintroll) are the central characters in a series of novels, short stories, and a comic strip by Finnish writer and illustrator Tove Jansson, originally published in Swedish by Schildts in Finland. They are a family of white, round fairy-tale characters with large snouts that make them resemble the hippopotamus. However, despite this resemblance, the Moomin family are trolls. The family live in their house in Moominvalley and have had many adventures with their various friends. Nine books were released in the series, together with five picture books and a comic strip being released between 1945 and 1993. The Moomins have since been the basis for numerous television series, films and even two theme parks: one called ‘Moomin World’ in Naantali, Finland, and another ‘Akebono Children’s Forest Park’ in Hannō, Saitama, Japan. In 1973, Jansson wrote to Paul Ariste, an Estonian linguist, that she had created an artificial word which expresses something soft. She came up with an ad hoc Swedish word ‘mumintrollet’, because, in her opinion, the consonant sound of ‘m’ in particular conveys a sensation of softness. As an artist, Jansson gave the Moomins a shape that also expresses softness, as opposed to flabbiness. Read more on Moomin.con