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Trollvinter or Moominland Midwinter

One of the things I got myself this year for my birthday are copies of all the Moomintroll books by Tove Jansson from Amazon.

The first one came yesterday - it was first published in Finland in 1957, the UK in 58 and the US in 1962.

I think there are 8 more that haven't shipped yet.

I cracked open Midwinter last night and suddenly realized how much they effected my life - I've found little bits of wisdom in the book that I have found myself using through out my life.

It's weird revisiting things like that.

Have you ever revisited things from your youth and found that they are still as influential to you as they had been when you were little?


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Jul. 4th, 2010 12:52 am (UTC)
humm you should go let your brain cool down *chuckle*

It's been years since I've read these books - maybe ten years or so... so I was a bit suprised when I ran across a line I had used on someone the other day.
Jul. 4th, 2010 12:30 am (UTC)
I've never had the pleasure--or displeasure--from that far back in my life. On the other hand, I didn't begin reading fantasy until I was about 20.

Anyway, I'm glad for you. It sounds like an odd bit of luck that you should run into a Finnish author when you were young.

Jul. 4th, 2010 12:49 am (UTC)
I started with Fantasy and horse stuff as a kid. and quite a bit of it was inports. I read a lot of Brittish books as a child.

These are the only Finnish books I've ever heard of. I mean there must be other Finnish books out there - right?

Jul. 4th, 2010 02:18 am (UTC)
Well, I read fairy tales and horse stuff as a kid, especially the Farley books. Simultaneously, TV was filled with Westerns, so I watched a lot of those and read Westerns a bit. Horses and westerns fit so nicely together. ;-)
I don't remember any English or Finnish books.

Yeah, I'm fairly sure there are other Finnish books besides the Jansson ones. Fins have always struck me as a literate folk, like all Scandinavians.

Now, I'm curious -- Is The Edda Finnish in origin? I've never read it but it's supposed to be something like the longest fantasy-oriented epic poem. If I remember correctly, Tolkien was either fond of The Edda or else it was always on his syllabus to teach every year (whether he like it or not). Maybe both.

It might be interesting to look up "Edda" on Amazon and see what you find.

Jul. 4th, 2010 02:35 am (UTC)
Okay, I just checked Amazon--the Prose Edda and the Poetic Edda are Norse (ancient Norwegian) not Finnish. They're both in English translation, for what that's worth.

Back to Walter Farley. Did you ever read his "The Island Stallion Races"? Horse-racing with -aliens-.

Jul. 4th, 2010 02:56 am (UTC)
the Finnish Equivlant to the Edda is "The Anchent poems of the Finnish people" and then later the Kalevala. poems of the Finnish people is 27k pages long...

The other thing you have to remember is that Finland was part of Swedin, and then part of the Russia then they had a civil war.

I have read every Farley book beleve it or not...
Jul. 4th, 2010 02:45 am (UTC)
Mom was all about the Western and the Horse and Mystry stuff. Dad is very into SciFi (actuly Mom is as well)

The Edda: I read the poetic Edda at UD. If I remember corectly the Eddas and Sagas were from sevral countrys (Including Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Finalnd as well as parts of Germany and parts of the UK) I don't think anyone *wrote* in Finnish back then. I do remember that most midevil Finnish work was in Swedish or Latin. If I remember what I read back then mostly the Finns seemed to be obsessed with how they weren't sweids (the few times I've met Fins they still seem to be kind of obsessed with that)

I'm pritty sure that Tolkien did teach the Edda I know that one of his specaltys was Nordic Saga and Myth.
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Jul. 4th, 2010 02:30 am (UTC)
You know I've never read any Montgomery - even though my mom spent her young years Liveing on PEI.

I've been kinda running around myself today - I don't think I e-mailed you either.
Jul. 4th, 2010 11:04 am (UTC)
I still love Michael Bond's A Bear called Paddington and the rest of the series :)
Jul. 4th, 2010 04:54 pm (UTC)
Oh I loved those (not as much as the Moomintrolls) but they were so cool.

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