Questions tagged [the-wizard-of-oz]

For questions about "The Wizard of Oz", a series of books written by L. Frank Baum, and its adaptations.

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Are Queen Lurline and Queen Zurline the same person?

Are Queen Lurline and Queen Zurline in the Oz books the same person?
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How old is L. Frank Baum's Santa Claus?

In L. Frank Baum's The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, Santa Claus is a mortal human who is gifted an artifact granting immortality by a council of immortal beings on account of his unprecedented ...
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What is the title of the Wizard of Oz sequel in which people are weighed to determine the ruler?

I'm looking for a recent book title in the Oz series. I remember the plot was the inhabitants of Oz are tired of Ozma as ruler, so she proposes a contest. The inhabitants would get weighed, with the ...
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Are Queen Lulea and Queen Lurline the same character?

Lulea is the Fairy Queen in "The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus." Her name was revealed in "Queen Zixi of Ix."
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Comparing the Giants Badmannah and Rhynn

For a project I'm working on, I came across Yankee in Oz (1972) by Ruth Plumly Thompson. In the story is a giant named Badmannah the Terrible. He, according to the Oz Wikia, "has a magic fishnet, with ...
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Who built the yellow brick road?

Reading the original Wizard of Oz I am a little confused by the origins of the road. It seems to pre-date Oz arriving, as people discuss their people going to the emerald city long ago. It also seems ...
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In “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” why does the Good Witch of the North advise Dorothy to go to the Emerald City?

In the novel by L. Frank Baum, the Good Witch of the North does not know how Dorothy can get back to Kansas, so she uses her magic to conjure a chalkboard with instructions for Dorothy to go to the ...
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Did Baum invent his method for killing witches?

The Wicked Witch of the West is killed when water is poured on her head. I don't remember any other fairy tales where this happens. Did Baum invent this method for killing witches? Richard provided/...
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Does the Wicked Witch of the West know she can be killed by water?

In The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the Wicked Witch of the West lights the Scarecrow on fire. Dorothy picks up a bucket of water to douse him, but she splashes it on the Witch, who begins to melt. It ...
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Why did Glinda say she was the Good Witch of the North in The Wizard of Oz (1939) [duplicate]

In Oz (2013), Glinda tells Oz she is the Good Witch of the South. Yet in The Wizard of Oz (1939), she tells Dorothy she is Glinda the Good Witch of the North. According to this question, it seems ...
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In supernatural how did Charlie escape?

In Season 10 of Supernatural, Episode 11 - There's No Place Like Home: How does she get back? Did I miss that bit or does she just appear?
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How did Dorothy and the Scarecrow decide on which way to go?

In the Wizard of OZ movie, Dorothy sets off on the yellow brick road to find the Wizard of OZ. She came to a crossroad, and didn't know which way to go. She meets the Scarecrow, and he had no idea ...
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Do the Oz movies come from a greater canon?

I heard a while back that The Wizard of Oz is a part of a greater fictional universe in which there are more than the 2 witches which were portrayed. When I watched the mini series Tin Man and learned ...
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Why does Boq lie to Nessarose?

He had the perfect out, she knew that he had asked her out of pity. Lyrics: [Boq] Uh, Nessa. I've got something to confess, a Reason why, well- Why I asked you here ...
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What was the original ending of “Rinkitink in Oz”?

L. Frank Baum wrote Rinkitink in Oz around 1905, sometime between The Marvelous Land of Oz and Ozma of Oz, but we know that as originally written it had nothing to do with Oz. But Baum couldn't get ...
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Does the “Skin Horse” webcomic continue to have Oz references?

The web comic Skin Horse clearly takes initial inspiration, at least as far as its initial cast goes, from The Wizard of Oz. There's a scarecrow, a tin man, a little dog, and, um, a dorothy of sorts. ...
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Is there anything that is counter-to-canon in ‘Oz The Great and Powerful’?

Having just watched Oz The Great and Powerful, and having read all of Baum's works and many of the related Oz works by other authors, I was struck by the number of subtle and not-so-subtle minor nods ...
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How was Dorothy able to recognize color in The Wizard of Oz

According to the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy had come to Oz from Kansas, a place where color didn't seem to exist. But, when told to "follow the Yellow Brick Road", she immediately knew the ...
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Are there any references about the magical red/silver shoes in Oz the Great and Powerful?

In The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the Wicked Witch of the East is killed when the Dorothy's house falls on her. Dorothy then get the silver shoes (or red Ruby slippers of the classic film) that the ...
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Why didn't everyone in Oz know who the evil witch was?

Throughout the new Oz film, the flying baboons are linked to the evil witch by their victims, but the main characters don't seem to know which witch is the bad witch... Spoiler alert! (If you haven'...
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Oz and Wicked continuity?

So my wife had made me go see the Broadway musical Wicked and the new Disney film Oz. Can anyone explain to me which story line is correct when looking at the Wicked Witch of the West?
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Why didn't Disney use one of the Wicked Witch of the West's many pre-existing names?

The Wicked Witch of the West already has a bunch of names in various works, why did Disney invent a new one? I knew already that her name was Elphaba in Wicked. I didn't think her first name was ...
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What powers did the ruby red slippers have?

They were clearly powerful but what exactly could the ruby red slippers do?
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Were there tigers or bears in L. Frank Baum's books about the land of Oz?

They talked about them: Dorothy: "Do you suppose we'll meet any wild animals?" Tin Woodsman: "Mm, we might." Scarecrow: "Animals that eat... s-traw?" Tin Woodsman: "Some, but mostly ...
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Did they have witches in Oz before Dorothy's era?

When Dorothy arrived to Oz, she found out that the country was divided into 4 sectors, with a witch (2 good 2 bad) living in each sector and (presumably) ruling it. Was that always the case or were ...
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Where did the Red Brick Road lead to?

In the movie of "The Wizard of Oz", the beginning of the Yellow Brick Road is entwined with the beginning of a Red Brick Road. The Yellow Brick Road led to the Emerald City. Where did the Red Brick ...
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Did the witches know that the Wizard of Oz was a fraud?

I'm not familiar with Baum's Oz universe enough to know for sure, but it seems to me that in most cases, true experts in any field can spot a fraud. So I'm simply wondering if there is anything ...
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Why are Oz Maps Reversed?

When I was younger, I remember reading (also having read to me) all fourteen of L. Frank Baum's Oz books. One thing that always confused me was that the maps of Oz that showed a compass rose had east ...
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Is the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz the first fictional cyborg?

To my surprise, I read that the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz is a cyborg. From Wikipedia: In the books, the origins of the character are rather gruesome. Originally an ordinary man by the name of ...
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Is there a Good Witch of the South?

In the Wizard of Oz (the movie version) the Good Witch of the North, Wicked Witch of the West and Wicked Witch of the East are all mentioned. Was there ever a Witch of the South?