Category Archives: Fred Otto

Woozy Memories

The origins of the Woozy are never addressed in the canonical Oz series, but there are a few apocryphal stories that propose different explanations. March Laumer gave his story in “The Woozy’s Tricky Beginning,” in which he’s the result of … Continue reading

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Names for the Nameless

In The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, there aren’t that many characters with proper names. Even the ones who do have them tend not to have last names. The stage play gave Dorothy a last name and the Tin Woodman a … Continue reading

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A Few Bad Fairies

It’s been established that fairies in mythology and folklore can be either good or bad, and in fact are often amoral. In L. Frank Baum’s fantasy, however, fairies are pretty much always good. When he wrote about the Immortals in … Continue reading

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The Protection Racket

I’ve mentioned the Pearls of Pingaree from Rinkitink in Oz before, but I think there’s a bit more to say about them. There are three of them, a blue one that grants incredible strength, a pink one that protects from … Continue reading

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Witch Family General

As I’ve stated before when writing about the Wicked Witches of Oz, the idea that the Witches of the East and West are sisters comes from the MGM film, there being no hint of it in any of the books … Continue reading

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I Heard It Through the Bovine

I’ve occasionally come across trivia contests in which one of the questions is about the name of Dorothy’s cow. The answer is Imogene, although I’m not sure whether that’s pronounced with a short or long I. She didn’t appear in … Continue reading

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