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$ave! $ave! $ave!

Maybe it’s because of role-playing video games where you have to buy a bunch of stuff for your quest, but I tend to associate fantasy lands with wandering merchants. That sounds so much classier than traveling salesmen, even though I … Continue reading

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In for a Pinny Penny

Ruth Plumly Thompson’s The Wishing Horse of Oz introduces the Kingdom of Skampavia, a desert country adjacent to Noland that’s ruled by King Skamperoo. At the beginning of the story, he imposes taxes of one-third of his subjects’ earnings, and … Continue reading

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Wishing and Hoping

One common theme in fairy tales is an item or character who grants wishes. Honestly, I find this idea to be problematic, because they’re so ill-defined. Can a wishing item or creature grant ANY wish, or do they have limits? … Continue reading

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The Real Horses of Oz

L. Frank Baum tells us in a few different books that there are no horses in Oz, aside from the magically animated wooden Sawhorse. This seems to be an idea that he developed over time, however. In The Wonderful Wizard … Continue reading

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