Jinnicky the Red Jinn
|Title||The Red Jinn |
The Wizard of Ev
|First Appearance||Jack Pumpkinhead of Oz|
Jinnicky the Red Jinn is a powerful jinn, or genie, who lives in the Land of Ev.
Unlike the usual genie who lives in a lamp or a bottle, Jinnicky lives in a red ginger jar; his head, arms, and legs emerge through holes in the glass, though he can retract himself inside, like a turtle in his shell. The red glass of his jar is so congenial for him that he has his own red glass castle, situated by Ev's Nonestic Ocean shoreline.
Jinnicky is a good jinn, in that he uses his power for moral and ethical purposes, to counter evil magic and to help those afflicted by it. He is a portly and generally jovial character; his hair and beard are red.
The Red Jinn was first encountered by Jack Pumpkinhead, who had discovered the Jinn's Magic Dinner Bell, which summoned one of the Jinn's slaves with a ready made dinner. Jack grabbed ahold of the slave in one desperate situation, and was teleported into the Jinn's red castle, where he was able to ask for help. (Jack Pumpkinhead of Oz)
Randy and Kabumpo later visited the Jinn to ask for help after Faleero had captured Kabumpo's home kingdom of Pumperdink, since they had received a clue that he was the only one who could help them. The Red Jinn journeyed with them to Oz, where he helped them restore the Royal Family of Pumperdink and overcome Faleero. (The Purple Prince of Oz)
The Red Jinn was kicked out of his red glass castle when some of his slaves revolted, lead by Gludwig, who used to work in the Red Jinn's ruby mines. Gludwig personally kicked the Red Jinn off the highest cliff into the sea, where he stayed until he was dragged up by a fisherman. Then, using the Magic Dinner Bell, he was reunited with his loyal slave Ginger, as well as Kabumpo, Randy, and their friends Planetty and Thun from Anuther Planet. The party then teleported back to Jinnicky's castle and defeated Gludwig. (The Silver Princess in Oz)
- Jack Pumpkinhead of Oz (first appearance)
- The Purple Prince of Oz
- Ojo in Oz
- The Wishing Horse of Oz
- Captain Salt in Oz (mentioned only)
- The Silver Princess in Oz
- Yankee in Oz
Jinnicky appears simply as "the Red Jinn" in the earliest of these books, and is named in the subsequent books.
[Thompson modeled Jinnicky on the standard genie of Arabian Nights lore. She gave Jinnicky a group of servants, who are identified both as black and as slaves — which has caused offense among some modern readers. Most controversially from the viewpoint of contemporary political correctness, she had the slaves rebel, and their rebellion suppressed, in The Silver Princess in Oz. A modern edition of that book -- the Empty-Grave Retrofit Edition -- has sought to correct this point by calling the slaves "gravel" men instead of "black men" (with a list of changes in the back), a perspective that Carrie Bailey follows in her book Bungle in Oz.]