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Don’t Pester the Jester

Continuing with the April Fools’ theme, I thought I’d look at some court fools in the Oz series. There’s some overlap here with the poets and rhymers. For instance, the Rhyming Dictionary was the Book of Royalty’s jester until he … Continue reading

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A Pauper, on the Other Hand, Is Ruling, Strong and Wise

In The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Dorothy’s three companions all end up as rulers: the Scarecrow of the Emerald City, the Tin Woodman of the Winkie Country, and the Cowardly Lion of the Quadling Forest. In later books, only Nick … Continue reading

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Merry Monarchies

Hey, ever read that Ruth Plumly Thompson story about the loveable king with the childish personality? Yes, this is a theme Thompson returned to quite often, starting with the King of Supposyville and continuing with King Kojo of Oh-Go-Wan and … Continue reading

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The Roots of Language in Oz

My recent post on language in the Oz books has led to some interesting discussion on this topic. Many of the names of native Ozites are either descriptive of the characters or puns, if not both. There are also frequently … Continue reading

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Straw Man Origins

I’ve already described Ruth Plumly Thompson’s origin story for the Scarecrow, but I thought this was a topic that could use another look. It’s rather controversial in the Oz community, although I have to wonder how much of that is … Continue reading

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The Ozfathers

Happy Father’s Day! I know I usually make Oz posts on Mondays and Tuesdays, but I’m posting this today in honor of the holiday. It’s a list of fathers in the Oz series, not comprehensive by any means, but hopefully … Continue reading

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The Wide World of Wizards

A while back, I wrote a series of posts on the witches and other female magicians of Oz. Now, I think it’s about time to do the same for the men. So, here are the male magicians of Oz and … Continue reading

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