Can anyone mind which of the Moomintroll books
has the bit where they're on a boat moored at a pier
which starts to float away and an embarassed Nibling
confesses he couldn't help gnawing through the painter?
It's been bugging me for ages!
I've been searching for a picture of the nibling online,
but no joy.
The official Moomin website doesn't have anything on it.
- Niblings (Swedish: klippdassar – "rock hyraxes"; compare dassa, "patter or sneak around, walk quietly; (in some areas) hurry up when working; (in child language and rhymes) dance"; also called by the variant name klibbtassar, explained as klibba/klibbig, "to stick/sticky" + tass, "paw" – small aquatic creatures, which chew off people's noses if they are too long for their taste. They enjoy doing the multiplication contests devised by the rather bossy Hemulen's Aunt.
Edited by fina, 22 November 2019 - 02:58 PM.