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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 Royal Ships of Oz

While I don’t think shipping has ever been quite as common for Oz as for many other fandoms, it’s definitely been gaining prominence as of late. Not surprisingly, one of the main targets is the beautiful and powerful Ozma, who … 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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Oz-Crossed Lovers

L. Frank Baum was known to have said that he didn’t want romance or “mawkish sentimentality” in his children’s stories. Of course, Baum was also known for breaking pretty much every writing rule he came up with, but he was … Continue reading

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The Evil That Nomes Do

I’ve written before about how post-canonical Oz books about the Nome King can be quite difficult to reconcile with one another. But what about stories that deal with Roquat (as he was then known) BEFORE the events of Ozma of … Continue reading

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Do Come Orphan On Again

Is there any significant narrative reason for Dorothy to be an orphan living with her aunt and uncle? It’s often the case that someone not living with their parents leads to a later reveal, about how they’re the child of … Continue reading

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Working on the Clockwork Plan

If you’ve read Tik-Tok of Oz, you may have noticed that a good portion of the plot seems recycled. Basically, the main reason for this is that the book is largely the novelization of a stage play, which in turn … Continue reading

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