- "There Glinda the Good Witch sat upon her throne of rubies. She was both beautiful and young to their eyes. Her long hair was a rich red in color and fell in flowing ringlets over her shoulders. Her dress was of pure white silk, but her frank smiling eyes were sparkling blue, like sapphires and they looked kindly upon the little girl. “What can I do for you, my child?” she calmly asked."
- ―The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)
- "My greatest Wish now is to return back home in Kansas!" Said Dorothy. "For Aunt Em will surely think something dreadful has happened to me, and that will make her put on mourning; and unless the crops are better this year than they were last, I am sure Uncle Henry cannot afford it.” Glinda leaned forward and kissed the sweet, upturned face of the loving little girl. "Bless your dear heart," she said, "I am sure I can tell you of a way to get back to you're Kansas. "
- ―The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)
|Title||Lady Glinda, the Good Witch of the South|
|Occupation||Ruler of the red Quadlings|
|Affiliation||L. Frank Baum, Lurline, Land of Oz, Pastoria,
Wizard, Mombi, Tip, Princess Ozma, Dorothy Gale, Toto, Uncle Henry, Aunt Em, Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, Cowardly Lion, Good Witch of the North, Wicked Witch of the East, Munchkins, Gayelette, Cuttenclips, Hungry Tiger, Wogglebug, Polychrome, Billina, Tik-Tok, Sawhorse, Wicked Witch of the West, Wicked Witch of the South, Jinjur, Nome King, Poppies, Yellow Brick Road, Winged Monkeys, Fighting Trees, China Country, Hammer-Heads, Silver Shoes, Ruby Slippers, Golden Cap, Deadly Desert, Book of Records, Magic Belt
|First Appearance||The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)|
- "The Silver Shoes", siad Glinda the Good. "They have many mysterious and wonderful powers held within them. And one of the most curious things about them is that they can carry you to any place in the world in three steps, and each step will be made in the wink of an eye. All you have to do is to knock the heels together three times and command the shoes to carry you wherever you wish to go."
- ―The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)
- "Now close yor eyes, and tap your heels together three times, and repeat to yourself; There's no place like home..."
- ―Glinda (1939)
Glinda is a fictional character invented by L. Frank Baum, author and creator of the Oz legacy. She is the beautiful Good Witch of the South who is introduced in Baum's first Oz book titled The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, published in 1900. She appears at the very end of Baum's story in the twenty third chapter of the book titled Glinda the Good Grants Dorothy's Wish.
Glinda lives in the magical Land of Oz, where the majority of the story takes place. She is the offical ruler of Oz's southern qaudrant which is called Quadling Country. Glinda is the most powerful, respected and oldest female Witch Sorceress known in all the land. She is forever immortal and rumored to be many hundreds, possibly even thousands of years old despite her youthful glow and radiant charm and charisma. This suggests and hints that she is not only immortal but likely even a rare type of Goddess, possibly linked or related to the Fairies in Oz as Glinda is not entirely all human, much like the Fairy Queen Lurline who is the one responsible for making all of Oz the enchanted realm that it is.
- Glinda is more commonly known as Glinda the Good or simply Lady Glinda for short.
- Scholars have argued that The Star Wars character Princess Padmé Amidala, has some of the mannerisms and attributes that may indeed be loosley based on the Oz character of Glinda in the Oz books. As both are beautiful and graceful rulers who are of good nature yet are also independent and fearless, standing up for others and fighting for what they believe in. They are remodels for young girls to aspire to be like as they have the charm and femininity of a woman and the strength and position of a powerful man.
Glinda: The Good Witch Of The South (Not North!)
- The real Glinda of Baums' original book from 1900 was not of the North as it was made out to be in the classic MGM film of 1939. The Good Witch of the North who rules over the Gillikin Country in Oz is actually a little old and short woman by the name of Locasta Tattypoo. Despite this fact, Loscasta has been glanced over due to the popularity and fame the movie has achieved as she was replaced with the character of Glinda and completely left out in the movie. It was she who was the first original Good Witch who was called upon by the Munchkins to welcome Dorothy Gale and Toto to Oz in Munchkin Country. Glinda however, did not make an appearance until the very end of the book. She did not come to Dorothy to save the day, Dorothy had to travel very far to find her, as she was the girl's last resort of finding a way home.
Baums' True Glinda...
Originally, Baum intended the true character and figure of Lady Glinda to be a brave and sophisticated feminist who carries herself with the up most class. Glinda is portrayed by Baum as a complete mastermind and operates like a pure genius. She is highly intelligent and dedicated to Oz more than any of the men also of high authority in the land. She encourages female empowerment and independence, which was uncommon when the book was first written, over one hundred years ago.
Unlike most versions, in the book Glinda is not portrayed as a superficial giggling feather-brain, but a role model for girls to aspire to be like and is a force to be reckoned with. Glinda became the ruler of the Quadlings after vanquishing the Wicked Witch of the South.
Glinda rarley ever needs any help when it comes to defending herself in battles against villains or Oz's enemies. If anything, Glinda is always the one who is rescuing everyone in Oz from the hands of evil, even the men need Glinda's helping hand at times. Yet Glinda only interferes when absolutely necessary.
In the original stories and Oz books by Baum, it never does directly state that Glinda's character travels via magic floating bubble like the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz portrayed her to do. But the magic floating bubble for Glinda's way of transportation has been an extremely popular element that many versions and takes on Oz enjoy using for the theme of her overall look and character such as Broadway's hit musical Wicked, and Disney's film Oz the Great and Powerful. In the Baum books Glinda travels riding a chariot.
Physical Appearance & Style
Baum describes the statuesque character of Glinda as being an unbelievably beautiful young woman in appearance yet is hundreds, possibly thousands of years old in age. She is always seen dressed up formally even on regular occasions. Breathtakingly beautful ball gowns and fancy clean dresses fit for the wealthiest of Queens are Glinda's choice of attire. Her elegant wardrobe consist of the finest fabrics such as silk, satin or velvet that usually are always the color of all pure white, light pink or sometimes dark red, that gracefully trail behind her in a train as she walks.
Appearances are very important to Glinda yet despite her vanity she is not shallow or materialistic. Glinda was simply born with the natural mannerisms and traits that resembles the etiquette of a Royal or Queen. She has delicate and flawless skin that resembles china or porcelain. She has healthy and thick rich hair that is of a reddish-copper which shines like silken strands of solid spun gold and styled in curled ringlets that flows over her shoulders and falls down her back. Her eyes are hypnotic and entrancing and are the color of a deep blue, like sparkling sapphires in the sunlight, which are always frank and smiling. Her face is soft with high cheekbones are the envy of peach-blows and are naturally blushing the color of a light rogue. Her lips are red and full, and the shape of her mouth is as enticing as a baby rosebud. Despite her high title and respected position, Glinda never wears any accessories such as fine jewelry, for her natural beauty alone would deeply shame even the most rarest and precious gems in all the world. She only wears a tall golden crown upon her head encrusted with dozens of dangling red rubies. On occasions she sometimes carries a gold ruby scepter or glittering magic wand to cast only good spells that make the land of Oz a better place for everyone who lives there.
Personality & lifestyle...
- "Is there no one who can help me find a way back to Kansas?" asked Dorothy earnestly. "Glinda might know a way." Responded the Soldier with the Green Whiskers. "Who is Glinda?" inquired the Scarecrow. The Witch of the South." responded the man. "She is the most powerful of all the Witches, and rules over the Quadlings. Besides, her castle stands on the edge of the Deadly Desert, so she may know a way to cross it." "Glinda is a Good Witch, isn't she?" asked Dorothy. "The Quadlings believe she is of good." Said the soldier. "And she is kind to everyone who encounters her. "I have heard that Glinda is a very beautiful woman." The soldier continued. "One who knows how to keep young in spite of the many, many years she has lived in Oz."
- ―The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)
In the original Baum books, Glinda is not of royal blood or a descendent from royalty but she is the closest living individual in Oz who lives and looks like a real Queen, other than her Royal Highness Princess Ozma of Oz of course. Glinda lives a life of beauty and luxury in a vast red Palace made of red rubies that can be found past the enchanted forest filled with Fighting Trees, then comes the dainty enclave known as the China Country and last the hill of the Hammer-Heads.
After passing through these strange and even dangerous places you can find the home of the Good Witch of the South. There her official Quadling rresidents stands on a pretty and peaceful Qaudling hill populated with meadows, waterfalls and rivers with bridges to cross over to reach Glinda. Since the Qaudlings mascot color that dominates this part of Oz is all red, much of the landscape is consumed by that color and red represents the Qaudling Country on Oz's official Flag.
As the Munchkin Country consist mostly of blue and is the color that proudly represents the east and the Winkie Country of yellow etc. In her ruby-red Palace, Glinda also has an all female adolescent army of 50 attendants that consists of the most prettiest girls in all of Oz who are said to be roughly around Dorothy's age, (who's no older than twelve.) Her girl attendants guard her Palace like the soldiers of Buckingham Palace and are all trained for protocol.
Glinda remains calm and collected, even in the most chaotic of situations. It is mentioned that Glinda is soft spoken, never raising her tone and having a voice filled with truth, dignity and concern for others. She is a compassionate and unselfish ruler who is loved by all who know her. Glinda is the wisest of the wise and rather private and even politely secretive, for there is an intriguing mystery that surrounds her as no one knows how she is able to look so young regardless of her long life. She can do no wrong and she never makes mistakes, Glinda is everything a Good Witch should be and more, being effortlessly perfect. Her inside spirit is just as beautiful as her outside physical appearance; pure and unpoisoned. Glinda also has an unlimited amount of patience, for she displays acts of selflessness and kindness much of the time, and expects very little, if any at all in return. Glinda is incredibly helpful and she is always willing to listen to others who consult her advice, no matter how busy she may be as a Witch Sorceress. She never loses her temper and does not believe in destroying or killing even the most evil of people and creatures who come her way, no matter how atrocious or unpleasant they may be.
As one of the very few individuals/Ozians who is privileged and always authorised to legally practice the magic arts, bringing only beauty and good in the land whenever she pleases, Glinda has very often saved all of Oz as a whole when seriously threatened. Glinda is one whom Princess Ozma, the child Queen of Oz and other characters such as Dorothy Gale or the Scarecrow who ruled over the Emerald City before the long lost Princess Ozma was finally found, often turn to for help when the people of Oz or the land in general is in any state of chaos or fatal lasting trouble. It is also said that virtually nothing of any significant importance anywhere happens in Oz without Glinda's knowledge. For she is an enchantress of all things magical and mysterious, never failing to forget all of the historical events that take place from time to time in Oz, and she keeps everything updated and neatly chronicled in her book of good spells or her sacred giant book called 'Great Book of Records'. Glinda keeps this treasured book in her secret chamber that is always locked and put away within her vault. Which is guarded by her female attendants at all times, day and night.
- It can be inferred from the Soldier with the Green Whiskers' introduction to her that Glinda knew "how to keep young in spite of the many years she has lived", even before Queen Lurline enchanted Oz and stopped its inhabitants from aging. (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz)
- According to General Guph, Glinda can also "command the spirits of the air". (The Emerald City of Oz)
The history of Glinda is Ancient, because Glinda herself is so old, even though she never ages she has existed and lived in Oz for hundreds, possibly thousands of years. Centuries ago, when Oz was ruled by a wicked king, Glinda placed the Forbidden Fountain on the grounds of the Royal Palace of Oz. He and all his subjects drank of it, and afterward grew wise together. (The Emerald City of Oz)
Then she took the Golden Cap from Dorothy and commanded the Winged Monkeys to carry the Scarecrow back to the Emerald City, the Cowardly Lion back to the forest where he was made king, the Tin Woodman to the Winkie Country to rule as Emperor. She then gave the Cap to the Winged Monkeys, thereby freeing them forever. (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz)
When the Scarecrow was deposed as King of Oz by the Wizard who left as just as he came decades prior, Glinda politely declined to help him regain the royal throne in The Emerald City. And Instead initiated a long gruelling search across all the land of Oz, for thr rightful ruler of royal blood. The only heir to the throne of Oz was the long lost Princess Ozma, the daughter of King Pastoria who once ruled in a kingdom before the Wizard arrived. Glinda eventually learned that the Wizard of Oz had kidnapped Ozma when she was just a mere infant and had secretly taken her to a mean old Witch named Mombi who lived in the country of the purple Gillikans who inhabited the north lands. The Wizard made a deal with the old Witch Mombi to take the baby princess and hide her away forever and not ever tell a soul where she was. Mombi agreed to the Wizards favor and she magically transformed the royal infant Ozma, to a kitchen boy named Tip to work hard labor as her slave. Despite this disguise Mombi had made for the child Glinda finally captured Mombi and forced her to restore the long missing Ozma to her rightful form. (The Marvelous Land of Oz)
When Dorothy visited the Land of Oz a second time, Glinda advised against her using the Magic Belt to return home, suggesting that it would be lost forever like the Silver Shoes she had used previously. (Ozma of Oz)
Following the Wizard's return to Oz, Glinda took it upon herself to instruct the former humbug in the magical arts, and turn him into a real wizard. (Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz, The Road to Oz, The Emerald City of Oz)
When Princess Dorothy and Ozma went to the tribes of the Skeezers and the Flatheads and were trapped in the underwater island of the Skeezers, Glinda assembled a group of Ozma's counselors to help bring the underwater island back above water. (Glinda of Oz)
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (first appearance)
- The Marvelous Land of Oz
- Ozma of Oz
- The Road to Oz
- The Emerald City of Oz
- Tik-Tok of Oz
- The Scarecrow of Oz
- Rinkitink in Oz
- The Lost Princess of Oz
- Glinda of Oz
- Kabumpo in Oz
- The Cowardly Lion of Oz
That's 70's show-Tornado Prom
In the popular TV show That's 70's Show, stuck indoors as a Tornado hits the Wisconsin town, a vain and shallow Jackie Burkhart (Mila-Kunis) dreams she is Dorothy Gale who consults Glinda to be Snow Queen on the night of her prom.
Once Upon A Time
In the hit TV show on ABC, 'Once Upon A Time', Glinda appears as a character in the Oz episodes. She remains the Good Witch of the South like in the original book.
She is portrayed by actress Sunny Mabrey.
Glinda the Fashion Icon
- Kelly Osbourne portrayed Glinda the Good for jewelry designer Tarina Tarantino.
- Nightlife celebrity Amanda Lepore dressed up as Glinda for the Heatherrette clothing line.
Glinda in Comedy
Available to watch on YouTube, the long cancelled show MAD TV, made a spoof version of The Wizard of Oz. After the Wizard accidentally leaves Dorothy behind and floats away in his hot air balloon, Glinda the Good appears before a distraught Dorothy and her companions. And Dorothy tells Glinda how she really feels about her...
In Sequels by Modern Authors
Magician of Oz
In Magician of Oz (2009), by James C. Wallace II, Glinda, along with Princess Ozma and Dorothy, greet young Jamie Diggs, the great grandson of O.Z. Diggs, when he arrives at Glinda's Red Brick Palace, courtesy of Polychrome and her father, the Great Rainbow. She also joins Jamie, Dorothy and Princess Ozma on a tumultuous journey in the Large Red Wagon, pulled by the Sawhorse through the Quadling Countryside on into the Winkie Country. She continues on and Bungle the Glass Cat joins the group as they board a raft bound for the Tin Palace of the Tin Woodman.
In Magic Land
In the Magic Land series, the Good Witch of the South is named Stella. In the first book, The Wizard of the Emerald City, she serves the same purpose as Glinda in Baum's version, telling Ellie (Dorothy) how to return home to Kansas by using the silver shoes. However, while Glinda remains active in Baum's subsequent books, Stella never appears in person in Volkov's alternate sequels, though she does send the Scarecrow a magical TV set — Volkov's equivalent of the Magic Picture.
Gregory Maguire's Wicked
Glinda the Good Witch also appears in the apocryphal Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West and Son of a Witch, where she, while still known as Galinda Upland, befriends Elphaba Thropp, the future Wicked Witch of the West. Glinda remains the Good Witch of the North like in the 1939 MGM movie.
- In The Fairylogue and Radio-Plays (1908), Evelyn Judson played Glinda.
- In the musical Wicked Glinda is first played by Kristen Chenoweth back in 2003 when the musical first opened.
- In the musical The Wiz Glinda is originally played by Dee Dee Bridgewater.
The Wizard of Oz (1939)Once the toast of Broadway, Billie Burke portrayed Glinda as the Good Witch of the North (Instead of the South like in the books) in MGM's iconic musical version of The Wizard of Oz, the 1939 classic film. Despite Glinda being described as having long hair, a very youthful look and dressed in a white silk gown in Baum's books, Burke's Glinda is the most memorable portrayal of the character. With a feather brained and bubbly personality she is dressed in a glittering pink gown adorned with silverstars and butterflies, she holds a long metallic magic wand, has short and wavy strawberry blonde hair, appears to be still beautiful, but is middle aged.
The Wonderful Land of Oz
In The Wonderful Land of Oz, Glinda is played by Hilary Lee Gaess. She sings 2 very memorable songs in the film, titled "Try To Touch a Star" and "I've Watched Over You" (in which she touchingly tells the Scarecrow that he possess not only a brain, but also a heart). She turns Tip back into Ozma herself in this version.
Journey Back to Oz 1974
In Journey Back to Oz, Glinda is voiced by opera singer Rise Stevens. This incarnation of the character says that her magic is no match for Mombi's (the direct opposite of which was true in the canonical books), but she emboldens Dorothy with an operatic song called "You Have Only You (To Look To)", helps the young heroine the way the Queen of the Field Mice helped the protagonists in The Marvelous Land of Oz, and sends Dorothy back to Kansas by conjuring up another twister. Instead of the Book of Records, Glinda can tell what's going on elsewhere in Oz by using her Glinda Bird.
In The Wiz Glinda was portrayed by Dee Dee Bridgewater and in the movie version she was portrayed by Lena Horne. In this version, Glinda is a 'mother of the stars'. She lives up in the sky above the and of Oz and she is surrounded by a court of little baby stars that happily float all around her.
In De musical The Wiz Glinda was played by Mathilde Santing.
The Wizard of Oz (1982)
In The Wizard of Oz (1982), Glinda appears in the Emerald City following the Wizard's departure, and reveals the secret of the Magic Shoes to Dorothy, without waiting for Dorothy to visit her in the South as in Baum's original novel. In this version, the Good Witch of the North is her sister.
Return to Oz 1985
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Anime 1986
In the anime adaptation, Glinda is portrayed as a tall, slender sorceress with long blue hair. She offers to make Dorothy a Princess of Oz when she first meets her, in return for all her heroic deeds, but Dorothy is determined to return to Kansas. When Jinjur and Mombi refuse to change their villainous ways, following Ozma's restoration to the throne, Glinda uses her magic to make them reform, against their will, thus preventing any further trouble from the rebel and the witch. As the series draws to an end, Glinda appears to magically save Dorothy from falling to her death, following an encounter with the Nome King and his minions.
The Muppets' Wizard of Oz 2005
Miss Piggy plays Glinda, in 2005's The Muppets' Wizard of Oz. In this version she is also attracted to the Scarecrow who is played by Kermit the Frog (just like Miss Piggy is attracted to Kermit in "real life").
Oz the Great and Powerful 2013In the 2013 Walt Disney Pictures film Oz: The Great and Powerful, Glinda was played by actress Michelle Williams. Glinda is the Good Witch of the South, and she opposes Wicked Witch Evanora's rule over the Emerald City. But Evanora has convinced Theodora that Glinda is actually the Wicked Witch. When Oz arrives, Glinda tries to motivate him to become the Wizard he was prophesied to be. After they succeed in driving out the witches, Glinda gains respect for the Wizard and begins a romance with him that is kept behind closed doors.
Glinda portrayed in this version is a combination of all three Glinda's from the movie/play/book.
- 1939's film characteristic of having a bubbly personality.
- Broadway's Wicked musical with having golden blonde hair.
- Baum's original book of wearing all white gowns adorned in solid gold and remaining the Witch of the South.
Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return
This Glinda's CGI appearance is more close to Billie Burke's popular portrayal of the character. Glinda is given animated life by the voice talent of actress Bernadette Peters in Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return.
- The Fairylogue and Radio-Plays (1908): Evelyn Judson
- The Wizard of Oz (1939): Billie Burke
- The Wonderful Land of Oz (1969): Hilary Lee Gaess
- Journey Back to Oz: Rise Stevens (voice)
- The Wiz (1975 Broadway): Dee Dee Brightweather
- The Wiz (1978): Lena Horne
- The Wizard of Oz (1982): Wendy Thatcher
- Wicked (2003): Kristin Chenoweth originated the role
- The Muppets' Wizard of Oz (2005): Miss Piggy
- The Wonderful Wizard of Ha's (VeggieTales) (2007): Madame Blueberry (Splenda the Sweet but non-fattening Fairy)
- Tin Man (2007): Anna Galvin as Lavender Eyes
- Oz: The Great and Powerful (2013): Michelle Williams
- Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2014): Bernadette Peters (voice)