Nome Kingdom
The Oz series location
The Nome Kingdom is near the Land of Ev
Created byL. Frank Baum
GenreChildren's books
Information
TypeMonarchy
Ethnic group(s)Nomes
Currencyspecto

The Nome Kingdom is a fictional region near the Land of Oz that is ruled by the Nome King. It is near the Land of Ev, Rinkitink, and the unnamed countries where Whimsies, Growleywogs and Phanfasms live. The Nome Kingdom is also known as the Dominions of the Nome King.[1]

History

The Nome Kingdom is located underground and beneath the mountains that are north of the Land of Ev, and was first seen in L. Frank Baum's 1907 novel Ozma of Oz.[2]

There are no trees or small animals in the Nome Kingdom and they only contain bare mountains. Inside the mountains are vast caverns which extend for miles and miles. Thousands of Nomes work at furnaces and forges, hammering precious metals or polishing jewels.

In Ozma of Oz, the Queen of Ev and her children were once sold to the Nome King who transformed them into items of Bric-a-brac and placed them in his palace. Princess Ozma and Dorothy Gale arrived with a contingent from the Emerald City expecting to rescue the Queen of Ev, though she and nearly all her party were transformed into ornaments as well before being rescued by Billina.[3]

In The Emerald City of Oz, the Nome King allied himself with the Whimsies, the Phanfasms, and the Growleywogs where they lead the Nome Kingdom's army into tunneling under the Deadly Desert as part of a plot to invade the Land of Oz. Upon emerging in the Emerald City, his forces drank from the Forbidden Fountain, forgot everything, and were returned to their respective locations.[4]

Reception

Ozma's relationship with the Nome Kingdom has been discussed as an example of imperialism in English literature.[5]

Points of interest

Known inhabitants

In other media

References

  1. ^ Manguel, Alberto; Guadalupi, Gianni (1987). The Dictionary of Imaginary Places. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. pp. 270–271. ISBN 0-15-626054-9.
  2. ^ Riley, Michael O. (1997). Oz and Beyond: The Fantasy World of L. Frank Baum. University Press of Kansas. p. 166. ISBN 978-0700609338.
  3. ^ Ozma of Oz
  4. ^ The Emerald City of Oz
  5. ^ Shepherd, Kenneth R. (Winter 1992). "Imperial Oz: Oz and the Nome Kingdom". The Baum Bugle. 36 (3): 5–7.