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Map of Moominvalley

Moominvalley is the main setting of the Moomin franchise, a fictional place where the Moomin and many of their friends live in the tales by Tove Jansson. The valley is surrounded by mountains and is close to the sea. According to the map from Moominvalley in November it is next to the Fillyjonk's valley. It's implied to be located somewhere on the Finnish coast.

In the early books Moominvalley is depicted as a fairyland with green slopes, rivers, fruit trees, flowers and a place for calm and peaceful life as in the tradition of pastoral poetry, and yet it is still threatened by natural forces such as floods, comets and volcanoes. In the later books Moominvalley is depicted in a more nordic fashion, with pine forests, a rocky archipelago and northern weather conditions, often set during autumn or winter.

Moominvalley was inspired by Ängsmarn, a family retreat in Sweden, which is also situated on a grassy field facing the sea and surrounded by rocky outcrops. The Moominvalley is also a manifestation of Jansson's escapism; she often fantasized about establishing a colony in Morocco or moving to The Basque Country or Tonga.

In Moominpappa at Sea, Moominvalley is depicted as a place of boredom.

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