The Groke

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The Groke
Moomins character
The Groke from the Japanese–European television-animation Tanoshii Moomin Ikka (Delightful Moomin Family).
The Groke from the Japanese–European television animation Tanoshii Moomin Ikka.
First appearanceFinn Family Moomintroll
Created byTove Jansson
 
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The Groke
Moomins character
The Groke from the Japanese–European television-animation Tanoshii Moomin Ikka (Delightful Moomin Family).
The Groke from the Japanese–European television animation Tanoshii Moomin Ikka.
First appearanceFinn Family Moomintroll
Created byTove Jansson

The Groke (original Swedish name Mårran, Finnish: "Mörkö") is a fictional character in the Moomin stories created by Tove Jansson.[1] She appears as a ghost-like, hill-shaped body with two cold staring eyes and a wide row of white shiny teeth. In the book Who Will Comfort Toffle?, it is mentioned that she has a tail, but it has never been seen. Wherever she stands, the ground below her freezes and plants and grass die. She leaves a trace of ice and snow when she walks the ground. Anything she touches will freeze and on one instance she froze a campfire by sitting down on it. She seeks friendship and warmth, but she is declined by everyone and everything, leaving her in her cold cavern on top of the Lonely Mountains. On one occasion in a comic, however, she was hailed as a heroine when she, in her constant search for warmth, extinguished a forest wildfire by sitting on it.

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There have been various adaptations of the Moomin books on television. The Groke appears in 1969 anime version of Moomins, where she is different from novels and is depicted as white and depressed. In Polish Moomin TV series she is more like the character in the novels, but darker and bestial.

The Japanese anime series Moomin includes her as a recurring character. She is distinctive from her first appearance in the series for her intimidating appearance and the loud growling sounds she utters. Dubs in other languages use different growls, as well as different malevolent theme music, which begins to play every time she appears. The Groke's primary introductions were in episode 6, 7 and 22 of the series. It was not until episode 37 that children could start seeing the Groke more sympathetically.

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