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Gnomic Utterances

I recently read Ruth Berman’s Dunkiton Pamphlet on Gnome Matters, including a history of gnomes, touching on their use in the Oz books. I’ve written about this topic before, like how the name might well have originated with Paracelsus, who … Continue reading

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The Best of Inventions

If you’ve read the Oz books, you might remember Smith and Tinker as the creators of Tik-Tok, as well as the Giant with the Hammer and, as per Rachel Cosgrove Payes, the Hundred-Year Alarm Clock. I’ve written about them before … Continue reading

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Regional Ruler Report

While I’ve written before about the current rulers of the four main countries of Oz, as well as how these countries developed throughout the series, I haven’t said that much about the rulers of these places before the coming of … Continue reading

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Southern Hozpitality

Now we turn to the Quadling Country, literally the “little four” country. The name suggests that it’s the fourth of the main Oz countries to be united. It’s probably at least partially inspired by the Southern United States, which explains … Continue reading

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Double Your Fun

One idea that’s shown up several times in Oz and related books is that of a place where everything is double. I believe the first appearance of the theme is in The Enchanted Island of Yew, in which Prince Marvel … Continue reading

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Mission: Imp Ossible

Growing up with various fantasy universes in books, video games, and other media, I frequently came across names of magical beings that weren’t always consistently defined. I’ve already discussed many of these, but as of yet I haven’t said a … Continue reading

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Drow Something

As I said in my last post, it’s difficult to determine exactly how Dark Elves fit into Norse mythology, as information about them is scant. Snorri Sturluson mentions the Ljosalfar (Light Elves) and Dokkalfar (Dark Elves), claiming that the former … Continue reading

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