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Gillikim

Gillikin Country is the northern quadrant in the Land of Oz, home to the Gillikins .

Background

Gillikin Country is the only region in Oz that is not mentioned by name in the first book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. L. Frank Baum first used the name "Gillikin" at the beginning of the second book, The Marvelous Land of Oz. In her books, Ruth Plumly Thompson generally spells the country's name "Gilliken."

The dominant color of Gillikin Country is purple, and its people are occasionally described as wearing purple clothes and even sometimes having purple hair. Of the four quadrants of Oz, Gillikin is known as the wildest and least explored, home to vast forests and mountains.

Known locations

Like all of the countries of Oz, the Gillikin Country contains various unusual sights and places. Among them are:


Other sources

Roger S. Baum includes a visit to the Candy County and an encounter with the Talking Trees on the banks of the Munchkin River in his non-canonical Dorothy of Oz.

In Gregory Maguire's revisionist Oz novels Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West and Son of a Witch, the Gillikin country is portrayed as more prosperous and industrially developed than other regions of Oz, and home of Shiz University. There is a railway (Great Gillikin Railway) that connects most of the Gillikin towns and connects to the yellow brick road at the location of Shiz. Galinda hails from Gillikin, as do (according to some) the ruling Ozma family. Gillikinese people are distinguishable by their prominent foreheads and slightly gapped front teeth. They often have heads of curling blond hair, and are believed to be temperamental by non-Gillikinese.

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