a lil snufkin and moomin for the soul <3
a lil snufkin and moomin for the soul <3
In which two Grokes existed before one became the only Groke.
[Inspired by how different the Groke in Finn Family Moomintroll is from the Groke that appears in later books. Horrific elements. 1.3k words. Uses book continuity.]
An ice path leads to a Groke holding a tophat told to her to be magic, to make anything into any precious gem she could wish for. Her sister will admire her greatly, she thought, she would be terribly thrilled to know that the means for possibly having the greatest collection of shining things was at the tips of her fingers. Rather than being petty over a single large one, one could have a hundred small ones! Thousands, even! None of them dimming in ice like gold and such!Much better if you'd asked her, yes, yes quite, the Groke is a very smart creature that her sister would very much appreciate.
Trudging through the darkened woods one would find many ice paths like the ones she is currently making, unmelted in the dim light and the cold breeze of these woods. Following these cold paths lead to a platform of ice, and on this platform lay a frozen corner of trees and bushes where the Grokes made their home, and in this corner sat a large Groke picking away at the iced bones of her last meal.
The thing about this other Groke that one must know is that this one is less of the civil type and more comparable to a hungry moth. To her, value is determined by the amount it glows and the little it gets destroyed in her grasp. She was greatly upset by the loss of the King's Ruby because of this, as its light did not falter in her touch like the rest and it made her happy to have such a bright thing in her paws.
One could only imagine the tantrum she had when coming back from hunting and seeing her most valued possession disappearing with a pair of small bite-sized thieves, face contorted and wrinkled in such a way that would make even the most foolishly brave Moomin or unwitting Hemulen cower.
What luck that her smaller and long-armed sister had so brilliantly taken this magic hat from the likes of Moomins who know no such value to things even as among the wealthy few, they'd have no such use or entertainment for this hat, the Grokes do.
The Groke approached the other with great anticipation and hugged the hat closely to her chest… or neck rather… front? Nobody is quite sure of Groke anatomy, but either way she hugged it and smiled.
“Hey,” she spoke in her icey voice to get her sister's attention, being the more talkative of the two. Once the other Groke twisted his head around to see the source of the noise she held the hat out with the small rubies still inside.
“Look,” she said as ecstatically as any Groke could with a voice like hers. “Rubies.”
The other Groke looked down at the contents of the hat and then looked at her sister's face with furrowed brow, not pleased with what was presented before her.
This isn't the King's Ruby, you could read on her frowning face, had the little thieves the nerve to destroy it and this was what's left? How cruel and infuriating of them! she twisted her head around to its original position to continue picking at her bone.
“Wait,” the Groke said and the other twisted her head back around only slightly to look at her from the corner of her eye.
The Groke searched frantically for something that could be put into the hat and noticed a clump of small pebbles frozen under the ice. She extended an arm and broke the pebbles from their casing and presented her items in each paw.
She hovered the frozen pebbles over the hat and dropped them in, once having done this, she excitedly presented the inside of the hat to her sister and it suddenly bellowed out juts of black smoke much to her dismay.
Her sister stretched and screamed at this, a loud and unnatural scream that would tear at the ears of any unfortunate creature nearby for years to come, agony and betrayal. Agony and betrayal! Pain! Eyes stung and clouded by the black of that dreadful hat! She lowered herself and held her eyes as a thousand needle teeth clicked together in her sudden pain, trying to recover, barely taking growling breaths.
The Groke panicked and looked at the inside of the hat.
This wasn't how it's meant to work! What about the rubies? Weren't the pebbles meant to turn into precious jewels? Had that Moomin woman tricked her?
She flipped the hat upside-down and only the cherry-sized rubies fell out, the pebbles really had turned into that smoked, goodness, oh no. Oh no. No no no. What deep trouble she'll be in for this! What punishment awaits her in her wretched fates! May her sister please be gentle, please may she not take this as an intentional betrayal.
She looked up and she saw the rage of a thousand winters towering over her as a grey shadow, and dropped the hat.
The hat spun and froze up in the angered Groke's presence.
The wrathful Groke shoved her paws in the thoothful maw of the smaller one and broke it open.
Tearing the corners.
It screamed in torturous agony, but this was normal for the Groke to hear, she had heard many screams, this one was almost pitiful.
The traitor tried to stop her by grabbing her arms but the Groke continued to tear the head off the one who called her sister.
She was never its sister.
They didn't know each other before they had met in these wretched forms. There were no memories between them. It only latched onto her like a leech. A lost duckling. They had nothing to do with one another.
The ripping continued and the screaming ceased just before she'd taken it completely off the body. She let go, and it flopped onto the ice ground with a soft thud. It's dead.
The Groke stared at the corpse before her and blankly. She didn't feel anything but a bitter relief that could be summed up with the thought; good riddance.
She took a few seconds for her mind to recollect into something, she leaned over and grabbed onto the skin-dress of the dead thing.
A dried bat wing texture, much like hers, much like crinkled wrapping paper of food.
Something soft and warm lies under the last layer.
A black something.
Indeed she was right, it was a black thing. A goop, she vaguely recalls the word for it.
She scooped it up with her paws and the sides stretched down back into the pool until a small bit was left sitting in her paw.
She sniffed it.
Then licked it.
What a unique taste…! Remarkable! It's nothing she felt before in any of her recollections…
She licked again.
Yes. Quite brilliant.
She continued consuming this substance with exponential euphoria and speed, one would call it her most messy meal to date.
At long last, something edible that isn't frozen, something soft and with taste. She should've done this earlier, the King's Ruby is a distant memory now that it's made up for.
She scraped up the last bit of it and stared at the husk she made out of the one who called her sister. It was a saddening moment, really, for she had wished in her heart of hearts that such an experience could last. No matter. There could be another lonely Groke to come and see her as an ally to please, that time she would not waste a moment to bother with them and their frivolous wants.
She balled up the corpse and threw it outside the ice corner, the hat as well, since a memory of such lies and deception could only bring anger.
She returned to her station and sat with the small rubies, staring at the small red things with soulless admiration.
A hermit thriving.
The other only looked for approval, such a pity story one has to have to care for a pair of girls who held hands. The consumption of loneliness is a far less tiring feeling to experience.
Stupid comic is too big for one post.
Oh, that's my favorite stupid joke.
I'm rather bad in it.
Hmm ... Try to revive this acc?
So I finished watching MV season 3 at last and I have lots of Thoughts. In sum, I think the season is disjointed and poorly paced, but still overall feels like Moominvalley. I don't love it, but I like it well enough. But I'll talk about it another time.
However, I couldn't resist going off about episode 10, the fairground episode, because this episode boggles my mind.
We have only two episodes this season where Snufkin plays a significant role, and in both, his character flaws are 1) that he doesn't show his friends he values them enough, and 2) that he is conflict-avoidant. So far so good. But in this episode in particular, those traits are punished heavily - and I can't follow the logic.
The first issue in the episode is that Snufkin accepts the responsibility of the fairground with committing to it. But I am struggling with that because it seems to me that he is clear from the start that he doesn't want to do this, and is doing it to make other people happy. While the Hemulen deciding he doesn't want to make other people happy anymore is fine, Snufkin deciding the same is not...
The second issue in the episode is the importance of doing things by your own choice. The Hemulen argues that he never had a choice before, and now that he has, he understands that he really was happy working at the fair. Okay whatever fine. I'm really unclear on what Snufkin was meant to learn here. He already knew he didn't want to work at a fair ground. AND he knew that it takes a lot to make other people happy. Everyone else sets expectations of him despite him initially turning down as much responsibility as he can. So, what should he have done? Said no more clearly? I'm pretty sure that would still have caused the same problems, so was there nothing Snufkin could do here which would have avoided hurting others and let him be happy? Address that!
Then, in the end, after all that work, the result is... a return to the status quo. It's a remix of the Park-keeper episode, only much weaker. I'm really, really unclear on what the point of all this was. It's a lot a lot of work just so Snufkin can get yelled at and the Hemulen can decide he doesn't want "life alone" after all. (Did he ever actually say that's what he wants? I think he only said he didn't like all the noise and pressure)
I did appreciate that they slowed the rides down because that said "Let's make this less stress and more enjoyment for you." I think THAT'S probably what we "learned" in this episode: Snufkin did come in prejudging the Hemulen, and maybe would have seen what the Hemulen really wanted if he hadn't gotten it stuck in in his head that the Hemulen was an authority figure. HOWEVER, if that's an important part of this episode, it is utterly, utterly lost in the confusion. Lots of things get overexplained, but the one thing that needs explaining is barely touched on. That would have shown actual character development for Snufkin - learning more to listen to people's hearts, I guess. But they really didn't do much to suggest that - I'm desperately reaching for an angle where the outcome here makes sense.
Below is just lots of rambling more about the above...
The episode seems to be a combination of "The Hemulen That Loved Silence" from Tales and perhaps a bit the railroad comic where Moomintroll and Snufkin trick railroad workers into building a roller coaster instead. It's more the first especially in terms of message. The problem in "Silence" is that the Hemulen has always done what other people tell him and thinks his bad mood is because he doesn't like people, but finds that it's actually because he isn't able to say no. When he moves out and starts doing things by choice, he likes himself and other people much better. It seems to me that in the episode, Hemulen and Snufkin jointly inhabit this role... which is a bit weird to me, but ok - MV19 Snufkin does seem to have a recurring issue of not being able to talk about his feelings, so maybe that's part of it? (But this makes no sense to me, because Snufkin is able to say what he wants and doesn't want clearly... but more on that later)
For the Hemulen, he says flat out that he thought he wanted to leave the fairground for peace and quiet "because I never had anything to compare it to before." But he needs Snufkin's suggestion to actually do leave (and all Snufkin does is suggest! And Hemulen is really happy when he does! And allegedly wouldn't have learned how much he really likes this job if he hadn't left!). AND he needs Snufkin's suggestion to come back! He's uh, very suggestible, isn't he! XD Well, that's fine...
... Except that even though the Hemulen isn't held responsible for his own decisions, Snufkin very much is. Snufkin says he doesn't want the responsibility. He says he doesn't want to be in charge. Even though he doesn't straight out say "no," it doesn't seem to me that he's been vague - and I could accept that my POV versus TV POV is different here, except that Moomintroll seems very aware of how Snufkin feels when he says, "I don't think you've got much choice." Like, it really doesn't seem like a mystery to anyone that Snufkin doesn't want to be here and is only doing this at the insistence of his friends.
That being said - it's still Snufkin's decision. He could say no way and just leave. And here lies one big problem: MV19 Snufkin's character arc involves learning how to make sure the people you love who love you still feel valued and appreciated. That is is a legit, valid issue for a character who tends to being a loner. But in this episode, I have a very difficult time seeing what happens as anything other than punishment for being a loner at all. Snufkin tries to avoid the responsibility of the fairground, but realizes the social consequences of leaving would be disappointing a lot of friends. The result is that people start to put expectations on them, and at first he thinks they're manageable ("With a little help"). But then there's more - "you're not doing enough. You're in charge. You've made this your job! Fix our problems.") And each time, being a being of free will, he could say no... but if he does, that will cause aforementioned social consequences and they will be worse because of how much expectations have increased. So he sticks it out.
Finally he can't take it anymore. This is not where he belongs. The episode itself ACCEPTS that, which is why the Hemulen gets his job back and Snufkin frames it as "I'm not cut out for this." There is never any doubt that Snufkin should NOT be here, and yet even though Snufkin was honest about that in the beginning, everyone holds him responsible for their own expectations. So, we've got the Hemulen, unable to make any decisions without someone holding his hand and that's fine - and then we've got Snufkin, who's going against his nature to try to make others happy, becomes miserable, and is called "selfish" for trying to change things. He made these decisions, but he's also the only one held accountable for anything. Like, even the problems at the fairground which he should take care of as the one in "charge" are caused by the friends supposed to be helping him. Why can't Snorkmaiden and Sniff decide about the fortune telling themselves? Why does there need to be a fortune teller at all? Why can't Little My and Moomintroll figure out the roller coaster? Why does the roller coaster need anyone operating it when the Hemulen appears to have managed everything without any help?
Moomintroll's understandably upset when Snufkin tries to sneak away and sees it as bailing on his friends. So is the takeaway that if Snufkin had just left the park in the first place, Moomintroll wouldn't have thought that was selfish? I, uh, don't think so... As I said earlier, the social consequences were there from the start, and have only increased with time. Even though Snufkin never asked for them. Snufkin was wrong to try to leave without a word. I liked it because it's very in character for this series: he left without a word at the part in season 1, he left without a word in Lonely Mountain... But I'm also confused by it because it seems that MV19 Snufkin is very conflict-avoidant, and yet also clearly says what he wants - he just doesn't get listened to. Like, in Lonely Mountain, he says "You're welcome to stay" and Moomintroll takes him at his word. But before that, Moomintroll didn't take him at his word when he said he wanted to be alone. So why is Snufkin listened to when he says what Moomintroll wants to hear, and not when he doesn't? Then it gets treated as though Snufkin was never clear and just runs away from his problems. Which, indeed, he does! ... After not getting listened to xD Like I'm just confused. Does Moomintroll know Snufkin at all, or doesn't he?
Snufkin needs to apologize - ok. Snufkin needs to thank his friends - yes. Meanwhile, it's totally fine that everyone just kept increasing expectations on him without his consent? I feel like we're supposed to be annoyed that Snufkin "left" being in charge to Moomintroll... um, but Moomintroll seemed very much like he wanted to do it. If Snufkin supposed to say "I don't want to do this, you be in charge" plainly, would that have made a difference? Would the episode then have ended with Moomintroll wanted to escape the responsibility and get back to his normal Moomin life, and Snufkin saying "I'm sorry I'm so selfish and put you the responsibility on your shoulders"? XD
The three things I DID appreciate in this epsiode are 1) Toffle, who was golden - thinking about the Hemulen, being kind to him, and later their adorable sabotaging of the park. Toffle was great. And 2) Moomintroll wanting an apology from Snufkin - and not getting one, but getting "Thank you" instead. Bc the thanks were absolutely warranted... but IMO not the sorry. Ok, sorry for bailing - yes xD But sorry for not wanting the things Moomintroll decided he should want... which is how it feels to me... no. And 3) Snufkin saying "Making people happy is a big responsibility," just because I liked it and thought it suited him and is the ONLY TRUE THING in the episode. Again, those social consequences!! Snufkin is trying to be more social, he's stretching himself, but it's not recognized at all because it's still not at the same level as his more extroverted friends. He recognizes the responsibility, but because he doesn't feel ready to accept it, he's punished. Like.
Also, random! But - if Snufkin were going to run a fairground, why would he still use tickets?? XD Like it seems to me that would be the first thing to go! Actually I thought it was just Sniff who was using them, but nope, Snufkin does too. Lol
So I've written a lot, but that doesn't mean I hated the episode - I'm just a very, very long-winded person and like to get things off my chest that other people are able to say much more succinctly. So if anyone read to the end, please don't imagine I'm a grouch lol. I'm just trying to organize my thoughts (and it still looks like chaos anyway xP). It's possible y'all had a very different take on this episode and the more I rewatch season 3 maybe I will come to different conclusions.
i don’t think there are many things in this world that are as healing as recognising queer subtext at the start of a show, and then watching as it slowly becomes capital-t Text in (undeniable) ways that are more and more central to the story as time goes on
i did this instead of sleeping i hope y’all enjoy this man getting his oranges 🍊🍊🍊🕊
I redownloaded tumblr for one thing and one thing only.
The gays of the moomins fandom. I will not sleep until I have followed every. Single. One of you. I love it here
WIP paper snufkin doll
i still have three requests left to write but moving out has kept me unexpectedly busy the past couple days so i haven't been able to write as much as intended
i promise i'll get to them as soon as i can, thank you all so much for supporting me and requesting (keep them coming!) ❤
MAN I LOVE THIS ONE i just wish i could color it
I feel like there's always something (or someone) missing in every other redraw of this panel, so I'm here to compensate.