Tove Jansson The Hunting of the Snark

Tove Jansson, The Hunting of the Snark As a kid, I was simultaneously fascinated and scared by the moomins.

Bilbo the Hobbit  by Tove Jansson  Swedish edition, 1962

Tove Jansson's illustrations to J. Tolkien: Bilbo – en hobbits äventyr, Rabén & Sjögren, p. 85 - Bilbo and Gollum (clearly, no one told Tove that Gollum was of possibly hobbit stock himself)

The Moomins and the Great Flood was the first ever Moomin book, written by Finnish author Tove Jansson and published in 1945.  It has only been translated into English since 2005 and now, lovingly, by Sort Of Books in 2012.

Tove Jansson’s first ever Moomin book ‘The Moomins and the Great Flood’. Tove Jansson began writing the book in War had broken out, and the 25 year old Finnish writer was thinking about a different world, one not shot through with fear and hatred.

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