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Title Queen of Ev (Formerly)
Species Human
Residence Land of Ev


Princess Langwidere is the niece of King Evoldo of the Land of Ev. She ruled as regent in the absense of the royal family.

Description

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Langwidere, as seen in the Marvel Comics adaptations.
Princess Langwidere has thirty young heads that are interchangeable on her neck. Instead of changing her clothes or jewlery every day, she simply changes her head to accessorize or match her current mood. The heads are kept in a vast bejewelled boudoir known as her "cabinet". All are described as being very beautiful in bone struture with striking features which run and vary through all combinations of hair and eye colors (except for gray hair and red, tired eyes), skin tones, and even noses of different shapes to represent different ethnicities. Langwidere is very vain and lazy as she generally spends every waking moment of her life admiring whichever head she's currently wearing in a large mirrored hall, and "changing" heads whenever she wants to adopt a new look.
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Since she can change her face at will, she has no interest in fashion. She always wears a simple white gown that suits all of her heads. Because her appearance changes so frequently, even her maid Nanda can only recognize her by a ruby key which she wears on a chain attached to her left wrist, and which opens her cabinet.

History

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After Evoldo sold his family to the Nome King and threw himself into the sea, Langwidere by default became regent of the country. She spent money from the royal treasury on herself and only spent ten minutes of every day actually governing and tending to matters of state. Furthermore, she admitted that she would rather spend those ten minutes admiring her beauty.

When Dorothy Gale met Langwidere, the Princess curtly told Dorothy that she was boring and stupid, and dismissed her. Then, after closely inspecting Dorothy's face, she changed her mind and said that Dorothy should stay so that Langwidere could take her head and add it to her collection, offering Dorothy one of her less attractive heads in exchange. Dorothy was indignant at this and refused; she was then imprisoned by the Princess's guards until she consented to Langwidere's demands.

The next day, Dorothy was rescued by Princess Ozma of Oz, who along with the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and other Oz creatures, was passing through Ev on a mission to rescue the Royal Family from the Nome King. At first, Langwidere was furious that Ozma and her assembly had stormed her palace, but when the Oz party explained the nature of their mission, Langwidere completely calmed down and said she supported them because if the Royal Family was restored to rule the kingdom, she could finally devote all her time toward admiring herself in the mirror. Langwidere then freed Dorothy, provided room and board for Ozma's people, and told them where to find the Nome King's kingdom.

When the Oz people returned successfully from their mission, the Queen of Ev graciously allowed Langwidere to keep her rooms and her cabinet of heads. (Ozma of Oz)


Return to Oz

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Some of Mombi's heads.

Princess Langwidere is combined with Mombi in the film Return to Oz, an adaptation of The Land of Oz and Ozma of Oz, as the character Princess Mombi, who is an evil witch with 30 beautiful heads harvested from maidens of Oz who were turned into statues by the Nome King. She is an underling of the Nome King and was responsible for keeping Princess Ozma imprisoned.

Dorothy and the Witches of Oz

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Langwidere from The Witches of Oz.
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Main Article: Princess Langwidere (The Witches of Oz)
Main Article: Ilsa Lang
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Princess Langwidere is one of the allies of the Wicked Witch of the West. She also disguises herself as an actress named Ilsa Lang.

As Langwidere, she attacks Dorothy in her home in Kansas, leading her to realize that her Oz stories are more than just stories. Later, as Ilsa Lang, she tries to take the role of Dorothy in the movie version of Dorothy's Oz book, corrupting it in the process.

She also takes on the role of Ev Locast with another of her heads. (Dorothy and the Witches of Oz)

Background

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Langwidere was created by L. Frank Baum, and appears only in Ozma of Oz, the third book in the Oz series. As depicted in an illustration by John R. Neill, Langwidere's looks are styled on the Gibson girl standard of beauty which was popular at the time of this novel's publication.

The theme of interchangeable or detachable heads appears to have been a recurring motif at this point in Baum's writing career. Other examples of this appear in his fifth Oz book, The Road to Oz, in the form of the Scoodlers, and the transformations of Button-Bright and the Shaggy Man.

In the 1985 movie Return to Oz, the character of Princess Mombi is largely based on Princess Langwidere.

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Notes

  • The character of Princess Mombi is actually Langwidere. Her name and the fact that she is more evil and has powers is based on Mombi.

References

Was the inspiration for one of the knitting patterns published in What Would Madam Defarge Knit in 2011, a reversible cowl.

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