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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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Like Father, Unlike Son

You may know that L. Frank Baum had four sons, so did any of them try to follow in the family business, if you consider writing Oz books to be the family business? Actually, yes, two of them did. Unfortunately, … Continue reading

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Who Has Seen the Wind?

In classical mythology, most natural phenomena were either personified themselves or seen as the tools of a deity, if not both. The winds were no exception, and in Greco-Roman mythology, there were four of them. I’m no meteorologist, but can’t … Continue reading

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