- "Make yourself perfectly at home," said the pretty green girl, "and if you wish for anything at all, just ring the emerald bell. Oz will send for you tomorrow morning, take care. "
- ―Jellia Jamb to Dorothy Gale
|Residence||Emerald City Royal Palace of Oz|
|First Appearance||The Marvelous Land of Oz|
Jellia Jamb is a very young and attractive girl who lives in the magical Land of Oz. She works as a full time servant in the Royal Palace of Oz in the Emerald City. She is first introduced in L. Frank Baum's first Oz book titled The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, published in 1900. But is only known as the pretty, sometimes beautiful "Green Girl " and is not given an actual name until the second Oz book written by Baum titled The Marvelous Land of Oz, published in 1904. Throughout the Oz series, Jellia Jamb becomes Princess Ozma and Dorothy Gale's favorite female attendant out of the Emerald City's staff administration.
- "The Soldier with the Green Whiskers now blew upon a green whistle, and at once a young girl, dressed in a pretty green silk gown, with green satin sashes entered the room. She had lovely green hair and green eyes, and she bowed low before Dorothy as she said, "Follow me and I will show you your room. "
- ―The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)
Jellia Jamb is very sweet and modest, when on duty she is always humble, polite and kind to everyone around her. However, she is at times, known to be a bit mischievous, especially when off duty. She is described to have a very pretty, plump face, big eyes and thick curly green hair. She often wears a dainty green silk knee-length skirt, silk stockings embroidered with pea-pods, and green satin slippers with bunches of lettuce for decorations instead of bows or buckles. Upon her silken waist clover leaves are embroidered, and she wears a jaunty little jacket trimmed with sparkling emeralds of a uniform size.
Jellia was born in the northern quadrant of Oz known as the Gillikin Country. Many readers identify her as the "Green Girl " who waits on Kansas orphan Dorothy Gale during the girl and her dog Toto's first visit to Oz's Imperial Capital, but Jellia is not introduced by name until she is called upon to translate between the King Scarecrow and Ozian Jack Pumpkinhead before they realized that everyone in Oz speaks the same language which is english. Later, Jellia was forced by the old Witch Mombi to take her place; Glinda saw through the trick, and took Jellia under her protection until Princess Ozma of Oz was finally found and revealed and established in her rightful place as ruler of Oz. (The Marvelous Land of Oz)
Jellia was briefly elevated to royalty, becoming the "starina" (like "tsarina") of the skyland of Stratovania. However this was against her will, and so she ultimately escaped to Oz with her friends. (Ozoplaning with the Wizard of Oz)
- The Marvelous Land of Oz (1904)
- Ozma of Oz (1907)
- Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz (1908)
- The Road to Oz (1909)
- The Royal Book of Oz (1921)
- Ozoplaning with the Wizard of Oz (1939)
- The Wonder City of Oz (1940)
In non-canonical works
Jellia is the protagonist in David Hardenbrook's Jellia Jamb, Maid of Oz. She is influential in making things come out right in John Bell's story "Jack Pumpkinhead's Day in Court." She is a victim of hostile magic in Rachel Cosgrove Payes's short story "Percy and the Shrinking Violet", and has her rescue Dorothy from paralysis as a statue in The Wicked Witch of Oz. And she is important in the collaborative novel Fwiirp in Oz and in Chris Dulabone's The Fairy Circle in Oz.
In Danielle Paige's alternate Oz book Dorothy Must Die, she was Dorothy's head maid who secretly plotted against her as a member of the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked. She was sentenced to death for pleading guilty for letting the flying monkey Maude escape and setting fire to the Scarecrow's lab which Amy actually did in order to protect her, but she was gruesomely reanimated with her eyes taken out.