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Spectacle Spectacular

I find it interesting that the Frogman in The Lost Princess of Oz is said to wear “great spectacles with gold rims, not because his eyes were bad, but because the spectacles made him look wise.” I don’t know how … Continue reading

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Perfectly Petrified

Writing about the legend that Emperor Constantine XI Palaiologos was turned into a marble statue and buried near the Golden Gate of Constantinople got me thinking of the mentions of such statues in the Oz books. For some reason, L. … Continue reading

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The Terrific Titles of Oz

Perhaps this is scraping the bottom of the barrel bird, but I’ve occasionally thought about the titles of the Oz books, and whether some of them could have had better ones. I’m sure it didn’t matter a whole lot after … Continue reading

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Riches Do Not Bring Contentment (But Neither Does Poverty)

Throughout the works of L. Frank Baum, we’re constantly seeing praise of contentment. The last chapter of The Marvelous Land of Oz is called “The Riches of Content,” and Ozma tells the Scarecrow and Tin Woodman that these are the … Continue reading

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Bah! There’s Always a War!

In addition to Glinda’s army, there are a lot of armed forces that show up in minor Ozian countries. Many are simply palace guards, but there are some more specific military units as well. Utensia has the Spoon Brigade, made … Continue reading

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Walking in a Winkie Wonderland

The geography of Oz is pretty complicated, with new communities often seeming to appear out of nowhere. You’d think it would have been thoroughly explored by now, but apparently not. L. Frank Baum did make a map of the nation, … Continue reading

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When I Get Back to Emerald County

Way back in the first Oz book, we learn that there’s an area around the Emerald City that’s green in color instead of matching any of the color-coding of the quadrants surrounding it. The people wear peaked hats like the … Continue reading

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