History Headscratchers / LandOfOz

27th Aug '15 11:02:30 PM Omeganian
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** It's actually stated she doesn't quite stay the same person - her meeting with Dorothy went badly partly because she chose a pretty, but badly tempered head to wear.
19th Mar '14 5:17:26 AM SharleeD
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** It makes more sense if you think of both the Wizard ''and'' the Scarecrow as Regents, not kings. They only held the throne until the legitimate heir was available.
14th Jun '13 11:30:41 AM Roo
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* Why didn't Glinda overthrow the Wicked Witches all by herself, even before Dorothy arrived? Judging by the stuff she pulls off in the later books, she's more powerful than both of them combined.
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* Why didn't Glinda overthrow the Wicked Witches all by herself, even before Dorothy arrived? Judging by the stuff she pulls off in the later books, she's more powerful than both of them combined.combined. ** That's the later books. Glinda may not have been as powerful back in the first book; she could have learned more and gained more magic later on. Granted, even in the first book she is named as the most powerful Witch in Oz, but it's not said ''how'' much more powerful she is than the other three. The two Wicked Witches together might have been too much for her, so she may have simply focused on keeping her domain in the South safe rather than risking a confrontation with an uncertain outcome.
8th Jun '13 8:59:37 PM ramapith
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** I think one of the Oz book after Baum's death explained that the Scarecrow's soul came from a monarch from another kingdom. Still, this being Oz, "AWizardDidIt" is the perhaps the best explanation. *** If you check his origin story, he came "alive" just as they were painting his face. I suppose the farmers unwittingly used magic paint.
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** I think one of the Oz book books after Baum's death explained that the Scarecrow's soul came from a monarch from another kingdom. Still, this being Oz, "AWizardDidIt" is the perhaps the best explanation. *** The book is ''The Royal Book of Oz'', the first by Ruth Plumly Thompson. The monarch was Emperor Chang Wang Woe of the Silver Islands, an underground Oz kingdom similar to medieval China. Chang's soul rose "skyward" from directly under Munchkinland and inhabited the Scarecrow, though he had/has no memory of his previous life—and no interest in returning to it. ** If you check his origin story, he came "alive" just as they were painting his face. I suppose the farmers unwittingly used magic paint.paint. *** See ''The Royal Book of Oz'' data above.
22nd Apr '13 10:11:56 PM Sikon
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*** And Baum's aren't? You've just described ''Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz'', ''The Emerald City of Oz'', ''The Tin Woodman of Oz'' and who knows what else.
12th Apr '13 12:28:35 AM Sikon
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** The out-of-universe answer is that Baum gave the Wizard some KickTheDog moments in the backstory presented in ''Marvelous Land'' to better fit with the musical, in which the Wicked Witch of the West was left out and the Wizard was the villain of the story. It didn't stick, and by ''Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz'' he revised the Wizard into a more sympathetic figure, quietly retconning the backstory. Ozma tells him a part of the revised backstory, though she never mentions how, in the new version, she was kidnapped by Mombi to be disguised as a boy. I think if Baum ever got to writing ''that'', he would, in his usual fashion, quietly forget about the Wizard willingly giving Ozma away and write something different.
11th Apr '13 3:07:22 PM Sikon
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* Why didn't Glinda overthrow the Wicked Witches all by herself, even before Dorothy arrived? Judging by the stuff she pulls off in the latter books, she's more powerful than both of them combined.
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* Why didn't Glinda overthrow the Wicked Witches all by herself, even before Dorothy arrived? Judging by the stuff she pulls off in the latter later books, she's more powerful than both of them combined.
11th Apr '13 3:07:13 PM Sikon
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* Why didn't Glinda overthrow the Wicked Witches all by herself, even before Dorothy arrived? Judging by the stuff she pulls off in the latter books, she's more powerful than both of them combined.
13th Mar '13 9:32:54 AM PandaRosa
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** Let's see now. After the Wizard had left, there was something of a power vacuum. At the time, Glinda did not have know the whereabouts of young Ozma or whether she was even alive, but she would have recognized the importance of giving the Ozites a leader they could trust. The Scarecrow had proven himself useful, and wise enough to run things for the time being, so it would make sense for him to be in charge, at least temporarily. No doubt she would have explained it to the Scarecrow later on; Jinjur's invasion simply sped things up.
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** Let's see now. After the Wizard had left, there was something of a power vacuum. At the time, Glinda did not have know the whereabouts of what happened to young Ozma or whether she was even alive, Ozma, but she would have recognized the importance of giving the Ozites a leader they could trust. The Scarecrow had proven himself useful, and wise enough to run things for the time being, so it would make sense for him to be in charge, at least temporarily. No doubt she Glinda would have explained it to the Scarecrow later on; Jinjur's invasion simply sped things up.up. *** As much of Oz had been under the oppression of the Witches, any search for the lost princess must have been difficult at best, even for Glinda.
13th Mar '13 9:28:47 AM PandaRosa
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** Let's see now. After the Wizard had left, there was something of a power vacuum. At the time, Glinda did not have know the whereabouts of young Ozma or whether she was even alive, but she would have recognized the importance of giving the Ozites a leader they could trust. The Scarecrow had proven himself useful, and wise enough to run things for the time being, so it would make sense for him to be in charge, at least temporarily. No doubt she would have explained it to the Scarecrow later on; Jinjur's invasion simply sped things up.
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