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Trollmannens hatt

(Mumintrollen #3)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  13,887 ratings  ·  922 reviews
It is spring in the valley and the Moomins are ready for adventure! Moomintroll and his friends Snufkin and Sniff find the Hobgoblin's top hat, all shiny and new and just waiting to be taken home. They soon realize that his is no ordinary hat; it can turn anything--or anyone--into something else! ...more
126 pages
Published 1998 by Aschehoug & Co (first published 1948)
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Rachel Hartman
Jun 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is the reason I learned to read.

My mother read it aloud to me once and then refused to read it again. In fact, she washed her hands of the whole series on the grounds that it was "creepy". I was forced - forced! - to teach myself to read, if I wanted any more Moomins, ever. I got my revenge, however: I read this book out loud to HER while she was working in the kitchen and couldn't get away.
Hannah Greendale
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade, fiction
Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend.

A charming return to the land of Moomin Valley, in which Moomintroll and his friends discover a Hobgoblin's magical top hat. Delightful mayhem ensues.
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"It's finished. There isn't a stamp, or an error that I haven't collected. Not one. What shall I do now?"
"I think I'm beginning to understand," said Moomintroll slowly. "You aren't a collector anymore, you're only an owner, and that isn't nearly so much fun."

My children and I believed we were only "owners" of the Moomins nowadays, not collectors of their adventures. However, by accident we discovered that one can collect the same stamp twice, and be a happy Hemul. No stamp is an identical twin
Spencer Orey
I read this out loud to my kid, and we both loved it. The cast of characters in the moomin house grows, and the meandering adventures are great.

When we got to the end, my kid asked me to start reading it all over again.
Jul 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-for-kids
I liked, but didn't love Comet in Moominland. Finn Family Moomintroll though really captures the same wonderfulness that the Moomin comic strips do. This book is a bit more episodic than Comet, but it feels more cohesive. Maybe the Moomintroll is best when he isn't on long adventures with his friends, short adventures serve them nicely when they can return home to rest and enjoy the simple pleasures of Moominvalley. If I had kids I would read this to them, if they didn't like it, I'd drive them ...more
Yes, I absolutely adore Tove Jansson's Moomintrolls and their exploits, and the 1970s German language translations by Vivica and Kurt Bandler (of three of the Moomin novels) were massive favourites of my childhood (and are still considered sweet and nostalgic gems to be reread over and over again, although my copies are now falling apart and I do need to somehow find replacements). And with this fact in mind, when the Children's Literature Group decided to read Elizabeth Portch's English languag ...more
Jo (The Book Geek)
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
As a child, I loved The Moomins, and as an adult, I adore them, and I think my obsession with them has gone just one step further. I mean, I have Moomin candles, a tea caddy, plushes, a bag, various mugs and a beautiful Moomin poster, right above my bookcase. They shaped my childhood, and if one needs an excuse to visit Covent Garden in London, The Moomin shop is a good enough reason in my humble opinion.

This book is beautifully presented, with a pull out map of Moominland in it, which just adds
Growing up with the Moomintrolls could be every child's wish because Moominmamma loves all her family no matter what they do.


The Hobgoblins magic hat had changed Moomintroll into a strange creature. Now he needed his mother's help.
Moomintroll felt quite confused and took hold of a pair of enormous crinkly ears.

'But I am Moomintroll!' he burst out in despair. 'Don't you believe me?'

'Moomintroll has a nice little tail, just about the right size, but yours is like a chimney sweep's brush,' said t
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(in Finnish/Swedish - "The Magician's Hat", first released in Swedish (1948), then in Finnish 10 years later. Some later books were translated faster.) I like how you don't really need to start from the beginning in this series. Some parts of the book are already familiar to me; there's no Little My in this book...

So: one day after the moonmintrolls have woken up from their winter hibernation, Moomintroll goes with his friends to look around a nearby mountain, where they find a strange top hat;
Damn! I loved the 2020 Finnish movie Tove, which was beautiful, romantic, and extremely respectful of its subject. But now I find that it interferes with my appreciation of the Mumin books. Every time I hear Tofslan and Vifslan using their secret language, my thoughts are drawn to Tove Jansson and Vivica Bandler, who at least according to the film had the same private joke going, and my mind's eye shows me Alma Pöysti and Krista Kosonen in bed together (view spoiler). This s ...more
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers Who Enjoy Quirky Fantasy Fiction
Delightfully idiosyncratic, wholly original, and immensely engaging, this charming fantasy from Finnish author Tove Jansson is a classic of world children's literature, and it is not difficult to see why. The tale of an eclectic family of beings who live together in Moominvalley - distracted Moominpappa, always writing his memoirs; kind but fair-minded Moominmamma, with her all-essential handbag; sweet Moomintroll himself, so anxious for everyone to get along; the somewhat aloof Snufkin, a music ...more
Lisa Vegan
May 19, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: probably almost everybody, unless they have identical taste to mine
I feel sacrilegious in rating this book with just 2 stars. I almost “graded” it higher.

I apologize to everyone who loves this book. I’ve gotten over it now, but for years I was extremely perturbed when others I knew didn’t love A Wrinkle in Time and some of my other favorites.

I apologize to The Muskrat (who is a real hoot) and to Moominmamma (because she really is a great character) and some of the other characters too. I apologize to the author because there were glimmers and glimpses throughou
Ivonne Rovira
While I enjoyed Finn Family Moomintroll, it was not nearly as delightful as Comet in Moominland. When Moomintroll and the tramp Snufkin discover a stovepipe hat, they unwittingly bring home what turns out to be a Hobgoblin’s Hat. The hat wreaks all sorts of havoc until Moominmamma wisely hits on a solution.

Neither as witty or as funny as Comet in Moominland, Finn Family Moomintroll does introduce the odd little Thingumy and Bob, who have some very unusual ideas about stealing.
I guess I am fiscally conservative but liberal in most other things. You want to marry the same gender; you should. It’s none of my damn business as you are both consenting adults. Your womb is none of my damn business. You want to change gender, go right ahead – none of my damn business.
And incidentally, you can reverse that.
I blame Moomins for this. I just realized this.
When my family went to Sweden when I was in third or fourth grade, I was given copies of Jansson’s children books and real
Mar 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
My favorite sentence from this profound & creative book is: "Moomintroll's mother and father always welcomed all their friends in the same quiet way, just adding another bed and putting another leaf in the dining-room table." There is exploration, adventure, personal growth, comfort, family & home all cleverly done with wit & wisdom. ...more
May 18, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So this is the first full length story I have read of the Moomintroll family and their friends and I have to say that it is the perfect escape. Work and the world these days are getting awfully stressful and sometimes you want to just hideaway. Sadly rarely is that possible so second best to that is escaping in a book and this was a perfect place for.

I remember the animated series (not the recent CGI I will admit) from my childhood and being equally entranced and disturbed by the various charact
Nada Elshabrawy
Jun 21, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Deeper than anticipated. Much more moving than what I expected too.
Apr 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, children-s
As part of a "read a new book, reread an old book challenge" and because it's the 65th anniversary of the Moomin series (there's even a Moominweek at!), I decided to reread as much as I could of the Moomin series. Which ended up being only one book, unfortunately: Finn Family Moomintroll. I read this series when I was perhaps 8 or 9 years old, and loved it; I think it would also be a great choice to read aloud to younger children. The illustrations are adorable, and the names of the char ...more
Nov 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the Moomins so much as a kid. I don't remember reading them, actually -- surprisingly, no sense of location or of my fingers on the pages comes back to me, though usually I'll remember where I read books and whether my edition was new or old, and the smell of the pages... In any case, I do remember that I loved the Moomins, and it was lovely to curl up and reread now I'm older, and wiser, and really not feeling well.

I do love the range of characters, all with different customs and such,
Jun 10, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes things do work out as they ought to: my son is well on the road to loving the Moomintroll books just as much as I do. We breezed through this second book in the series really fast -- T was able, without much effort, to persuade Mama to read a chapter aloud pretty much any time of day, as long as he wasn't supposed to be in school.

This charming tale of one Spring and Summer in the lives of the Moomin family picks up where its predecessor left off. Every member of the Moomin household fr
The troll toy craze first arrived in the UK around 1962. I was 7 and I begged for one of these little dolls. I must have really wanted it as I never asked my parents for anything. Mum wasn't too impressed. Tried hard to dissuade me but perhaps the novelty of her daughter's passionate appeal won her over. How I treasured that toy.

I did not encounter Moomintroll and friends however until a year or two later and did not really associate the two in my mind. My toy was a troll... These were Moomins.
Read this one when I was seven...At the time, I didn't understand the concept of "Never judge a book by its cover" (and boy am I glad, as this book's just as good, if not better than it's awesome, mind-candy cover) and at first, I picked this one up solely based on the colorful illustrations on the jacket.
It's still a favorite of mine and reminds me of the absolute wonder of being a kid. This book rocks my world. What a little freakin' treasure chest of glory the Moomintrolls are!
Snufkin is a r
Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ten stars!
Deborah O'Carroll (on break)
ALKSDJFLSKJDFLJ I JUST LOVE THESE BOOKS SO MUCH. ^___^ *huggles book forever and a day* I think this one might actually be my favorite overall! (Though parts of Moominsummer Madness are still my favorites too.) So cute and fun and amusing and whimsical. UGH I LOVE SNUFKIN AND ALL OF THEMMM. <3 JUST. AWK. I CAN'T EVEN. I JUST LOVETH IT. ^_^ <33333 ...more
Oct 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-library
These books fill me with awe and happiness, and just the right amount of melancholia.

And the pictures make me think of something holy and ineffable, much like William Blake's illuminated manuscripts.

If it wasn't for the Moomin books I'd be a poorer and more miserable person.
Dec 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mark by: Kasia
Perfection. The characters, the scenes, the language. Everything.
Dec 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another charming, heartwarming adventure in Moomin Valley. I’d give it 5 stars if it had more of a coherent plot but it’s l0vely as it is.
Pam Baddeley
Apr 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, fantasy
This was another re-read of a childhood favourite, and I found this one slightly more successful than 'Comet in Moominland' as the level of storytelling is more complex and can be enjoyed by adults.

It is spring in Moomin valley and the inhabitants of the Moomin house, which include long-term guests such as the Muskrat, Snufkin and the Hemulen, are waking from their winter hibernation. Before long, Moomin and his friends find a strange hat which sets off a sequence of events that connect the vari
Iona Sharma
Just ludicrously lovely, I'm so glad I decided to reread all these. ...more
I was disappointed, of the various Janssons I've read, for children or adults, this is the one that left me cold...ish. The descriptions of the philosopher, completely absorbed with remaining dignified, did amuse. ...more
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Tove Jansson was born and died in Helsinki, Finland. As a Finnish citizen whose mother tongue was Swedish, she was part of the Swedish-speaking Finns minority. Thus, all her books were originally written in Swedish.

Although known first and foremost as an author, Tove Jansson considered her careers as author and painter to be of equal importance.

Tove Jansson wrote and illustrated her first Moomin

Other books in the series

Mumintrollen (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • The Moomins and the Great Flood (The Moomins, #1)
  • Comet in Moominland (The Moomins, #2)
  • Moominpappa's Memoirs (The Moomins, #4)
  • Moominsummer Madness (The Moomins, #5)
  • Moominland Midwinter (The Moomins, #6)
  • Tales from Moominvalley (The Moomins, #7)
  • Moominpappa at Sea (The Moomins, #8)
  • Moominvalley in November (The Moomins, #9)
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  • Країна Мумі-тролів. Книга перша (The Moomins, #1-3)

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