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Get Out of Town

There are a lot of characters who come to live in Ozma’s palace, or sometimes elsewhere in or near the Emerald City. Is the city becoming overcrowded? Probably not, considering that it has the same population in L. Frank Baum’s … Continue reading

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We Are Family

This post on the Merry Old Land of Oz Facebook group got me thinking about how most of the kids who visit Oz tend to be only children. Okay, to be fair, it’s possible they have siblings we don’t know … Continue reading

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A Dictionary of Ozian Marriage

There was a discussion on marriages in Oz at this year’s OzCon International, partially inspired by how The Tin Woodman of Oz includes two seemingly bad marriages. Mrs. Yoop is glad her brutal, uncouth husband, who used to kick her … Continue reading

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Ozma Seeks Council

As a ruler, Ozma of Oz doesn’t always seem to do much delegating of responsibility. We occasionally see her rushing into dangerous situations on her own, apparently without much thought of what would happen to Oz if she didn’t come … Continue reading

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Baum vs. the Bible

When we discussed John R. Neill’s Lucky Bucky in Oz on the old Nonestica mailing list, J.L. Bell mentioned how Bucky recalled the story of Jonah and the Whale when riding inside Davy Jones. Biblical allusions are uncommon in the … Continue reading

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Names for the Nameless

In The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, there aren’t that many characters with proper names. Even the ones who do have them tend not to have last names. The stage play gave Dorothy a last name and the Tin Woodman a … Continue reading

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Oz and Uz

While L. Frank Baum claimed that he took the name “Oz” from a filing cabinet drawer, there’s some doubt as to whether this is actually true or just something he thought was more interesting than the truth, I couldn’t say. … Continue reading

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They’re Coming to America

The question of what counts as canon occasionally comes up in Oz discussion forums. Although there is a strong contingent that accepts only L. Frank Baum’s books, it seems that most fans throw in the others that were published by … Continue reading

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The Kids from America

Since I recently wrote about possible locations for Superman’s hometown, I might as well do the same for the Americans who ended up in Oz, either to live or just to visit. As might be expected, it’s a combination 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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