Tag Archives: immortals

War Between the States of Being

Erica Olivera’s presentation on Theosophy and its influence on L. Frank Baum at the latest OzCon included some information on the four kingdoms, those of mineral, vegetable, animal, and human. The animal-vegetable-mineral division is part of general knowledge, as well … Continue reading

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What Makes a Fairy?

Happy birthday to Ozma, Fairy Ruler of the Land of Oz! I’ve looked before at how Ozma was basically retconned into being a fairy, but what exactly does that mean? A fairy, in L. Frank Baum’s mythology, can be basically … Continue reading

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Ask the Flowers to Tell You

Yesterday was L. Frank Baum’s birthday, and Tuesdays are my designated days for writing about Oz, although it doesn’t always work out that way. Since I had something more pressing to write about yesterday, I’m going to look at a … Continue reading

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Shanower on Santa

I bought a copy of L. Frank Baum’s The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus with illustrations by Eric Shanower back in July, and I might as well take a closer look at it now. I re-read the story, which … Continue reading

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I Wanted Eternal Youth, But Not THAT Much Youth!

I remembered having read this Oz story before, but I forgot where I’d seen it. It’s an interesting take on the issue of aging in Oz, which I’ve tackled in the past without any definite conclusions. L. Frank Baum says … Continue reading

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Fairy Families

Although I can’t actually find a post where I do so, I believe I’ve written before about how The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus mentions near the beginning that “[a]ll the immortals are full-grown; there are no children among … Continue reading

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From Olympus to Oz

As a fan of both the Oz books and classical mythology, I have an interest in works that combine the two. Such stories are often controversial, though, both for religious reasons and because crossovers always bring in a lot of … 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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Living Waters

While I’ve written about beings in the Oz universe made of fire and ice, I don’t believe I’ve yet covered plain old water. Well, I guess it’s not that plain if it’s alive. Whether Gwyneth Paltrow has met any of … Continue reading

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Immortal Redundancy

Robert Pattrick makes a point in Unexplored Territory in Oz about immortals in L. Frank Baum’s fantasy world who appear to have overlapping functions. In The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, we’re told that the crooked Knooks have the … Continue reading

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