The Moomins on the path to adventure, from left: Moominmamma, Moominpappa, Moomintroll and the Snork maiden. Sophia Jansson, niece of Moomin creator Tove Jansson, oversees Moomin Characters Ltd, a company that has a hand in thousands of products worldwide but sells only one thing: Moomin rights. Moomin Characters Ltd grew up more or less organically alongside the Moomin books and comic strips that Tove Jansson — penned starting in with the publication of The Moomins and the Great Flood Schildts. As the Moomins caught on, product manufacturers came looking to tie in and cash in. Just five people work for the company, but its commercial agent and the three Moomin Shops employ dozens more. So the Moomins — or the Janssons, actually — were outsourcing long before high-paid business consultants started using that term.
Close to their hearts
Moominpappa is boyish and adventurous, but still proud of being the head of the family. He enjoys philosophical thinking and always wants to be on the scene whenever something surprising happens in Moominvalley. Moominpappa considers himself to be very knowledgeable and an expert in many fields, and is always willing to offer advice to others. Moominpappa is ready to do anything for his family. He enjoys living in Moominvalley, but is also curious and ready to try new things. Adventures are always welcome — and luckily they often come his way. Moominpappa loves secrets, even though sometimes he accidentally lets them slip out. Moominpappa is also a dreamer who likes whisky and the company of dubious friends. Writing is very important to Moominpappa.
Poor Moominpappa! We say, overtalented? She was right, though, that Moominpappa certainly is a Moomin of much aptitude and many skills: bridge-building, sailing, fishing…. When yet another weary friend or traveller needs a place to live, he simply adds another bed and puts another leaf in the dining-room table. See — DIY skills in action!
The Exploits of Moominpappa , first published in and then considerably revised in under the title Moominpappa's Memoirs , is the fourth book in the Moomin series by Tove Jansson. The story found in this book is mentioned in the previous Moomin books, as Moominpappa writes his memoirs in those stories. Exploits of Moominpappa forms the basis of episodes 59, 63 and 68 in the TV series.