Now is the Moominland Midwinter of our discontent: order and chaos in Moominland

More than seventy years after their first appearance, the big-nosed Moomins – immortalised in a series of nine fantasy chapter books written and illustrated by Finnish cartoonist and island-dweller Tove Jansson between 1945 and 1970 – continue to beguile children and adults worldwide. Gay takes a look at two very different books from the Moomin series.