The Hidden History of Oz an alternate Oz book series by Tarl Telford.

The book series is a prequel to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and takes place before the Wizard arrived in Oz as it explores how he affects the Land of Oz. The series is seen through the view point of a teenaged Glinda and is similar to the Wicked series.


The series is darker and more mature than most Oz novels but keeps the overall spirit of Baum's work while attempting to explain some of their inconsistences. King Pastoria, for instance is depicted as a last minute replacement for his deceased brother, King Oz. In addition, the series contains a few nods to the 1939 film as the Witches of the East and West, Kaliyana and Ondri-baba respectively are depicted as sisters. Also Ondri-baba's magic eye is said to give off a glow that makes her appear green. The series focuses on the origins of Baum's classic characters from the prospective of a young Glinda as she evolves into the great and wise Witch of the South.


Glinda Trilogy:

  1. The Witch Queens (July 11, 2012)
  2. Crown of the Dreamer (September 10, 2013)
  3. Emerald Spectacles (March 6th, 2015)

Candor Bandersnatch

  1. Candor Bandersnatch and the Secret Gate of Oogaboo (November 12th, 2016)


  1. Tabby Abacus and the Dangerbread House (May 20th 2015)
  2. Hiddenhistorymap

    Map of Oz for 1852

    First Nail: An Omby-Amby Adventure (e-book; December 5th 2015)

Companion Books:

  1. The Hidden History of Oz: An Introduction to Oz Before Dorothy


The series features a unqiue calandar system beginning in 1852 AD which in Oz is 1168 Ozy and considerbly 48 BDG which refers to "Before Dorothy Gale". This would be 48 years before 1900 to match with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

On the website, Talford has created very detailed description of events pertaining to Dorothy's first trip to coincide with the real life 1900 Plains tornado outbreak even though it did not affect Kansas.

The details are transcluded here with some edits to summarize:

May 5th - 12pm: Aunt Em washes dishes after midday meal.  12:10pm: Tornado hits home and is lifted into sky with Dorothy and Toto inside. Hours up in the sky with the winds howling. Estimated that Dorothy sleeps through the night.

6th: Dorothy arrives in Oz as her house lands Kalinya, Wicked Witch of the East. She meets with the Munchkins. leaves on Yellow Brick Road, and stays the night at Boq's home.

7th: She meets the Scarecrow and stays the night in a cottage.

8th: She meets the Tin Woodman and Cowardly Lion as they run from Kalidahs.

9th-10th: The raft is built and they travel down the river. Stork saves Scarecrow as the Queen of the Field Mice is rescued. They Encounter Poppy Field andTin Man builds a wheeled cart. The Field Mice find string and assist in pulling the cart with lion out of the poppies. After getting out safely, they spend thd night at a farmhouse.

11th-15th: They arrive at the Emerald City, and over the next four days they meet the Wizard.

16th-18th: They head towards the Witch's Castle, and get attacked by wolves, crows, black bees, and even 12 Winkies (his own addition).

19th: The Winged Monkeys are summoned as they abduct Dorothy and her friends. 20th-June 4th:  They are enslaved by Ondri-baba, Wicked Witch of the West. Dorothy melts her and obtains the golden cap as Winkies celebrate freedom. 5th-13th: She finds Scarecrow and Tin Man who gets repaired. 14th-18th: They stay at Yellow Castle for a few days and then leave for Emerald City. 19th-24th: They get lost in flower fields, Dorothy summons Winged Monkeys who take them to see the Wizard who they speak with though he is invisible. 25th-30th: Wizard makes them wait until he responds, he gives her friends their gifts and is revealed. '('Wiki Note: The rest will be added here soon)


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