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"As Dorothy walked along, she was surprised to see how pretty the country was about her. There was neat fences at the sides of the smooth paved yellow road, lined straight and all painted a dainty blue color. And beyond theses blue fences were great fields of grain, wheat and vegetables in abundance. Evidently the Munchkins were all talented farmers, who all raised richly good and healthy crops... "
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. (1900)

Land of the Munchkins

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Munchkin Country can be seen on Oz's official map,

"The little people who live in this land, it's Munchkinland and you are their national Heroine my dear. It's all right, you may all come out and thank her....Come out, come out, wherever you are and meet the young lady, who fell from a star. "
Glinda the Good (1939)
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Munchkin Country is a fictonal place invented by L. Frank Baum, author and creator of the Oz legacy. It is the first country introduced in Baum's first Oz book titled The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, published in 1900. The Munchkin Country is the official eastern quadrant of the magical Land of Oz.

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Munchkinland

The Munchkin Country is also the area in Oz where the story's child protagonist named Dorothy Gale and her little pet dog named Toto find themselves at after being swept away from their home by a Kansas cyclone which transported them to Oz while aloft in a prairie farmhouse. In the many various versions of the story, Munchkin Country is also sometimes also called The Land of Munchkins or simply Munckin-Land for short. The eastern country is also the first land to be linked to Oz's Imperial Capital aka Emerald City by means of the Yellow Brick Road.

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Munchkin Country

"As Mayor of the Munchkin City, in the County of the Land of Oz, I welcome you most regally! "
Munchkin Mayor (1939)
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Munchkin City.

  • The yellow brick road is found in the heart of Munchkin Country that travels past the Munchkin border. The border ends roughly near the field of deadly Poppies. The beautiful scarlet Poppies blossom in between munchkinland and the center of the land where the city is. Thus separating the two regions.

Baum's Description

"Toto, I have a feeling were not in Kansas anymore..."
Dorothy Gale (1939)
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Dorothy Gale in Munchkin-Land 1939.

Unlike the iconic 1939 film by MGM in Baum's original book the Munchkin's surroundings are strictly dominated by blue and blue of every shade, blue being the Munchkins mascot color. The Munchkins are stated to only wear clothing of all blue because Munchkin Country is always distinguished by that specific color, being represented as blue on Oz's official flag and map. Like the movie the Munchkin Country is said to be indeed breathtakingly beautiful.

"The cyclone had set the house down very gently--for a cyclone--in the midst of a country of marvelous beauty. There were lovely patches of greensward all about, with stately trees bearing rich and luscious ripe fruits. Banks of colorful gorgeous flowers were on every hand, and exotic birds with rare and brilliant plumage sang and fluttered in the trees and bushes. A little way off was a small brook, rushing and sparkling along between green grassy banks, and murmuring in a voice very grateful to a little girl who had lived so long on the dry, gray prairies of Kansas. "
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)

Here in Munchkinland, 90% of the landscape is radiant, healthy, delightful and always filled with bright sunshine. The country is also said to be the most appealing quadrant in all the land.

The people who inhabit the east part of Oz are described by Baum as living in homes and odd looking dwellings with large domed roofs. Many fences are said to surround the homes, and are all freshly painted a dainty blue color.

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A Munchkin House.

Oz History of Munchkin Country:

The Munchkin Country is the country which Dorothy Gale of Kansas and her pet dog named Toto both found themselves in after a Kansas cyclone had swept them away while aloft in the farmhouse. The farmhouse was dropped off in the heart of Munchkin-Land in Oz.

Before the unexpected arrival, the Munchkin County was ruled for many years by the Wicked Witch of the East. The Wicked Witch had successfully enslaved many of the Munchkin people to work for her thanks to the powerful magic of her charmed Silver Shoes. Then one random day, out of the clear blue sky, a falling house came crashing down and accidentally landed right on top of the Wicked Witch, killing her instantly and leaving behind nothing more but her magic shoes. Dorothy became the new owner of the Silver Shoes and a huge celebration was thrown across the Munchkin Country in Dorothy's honor, as the people throughout the land thought her to be a great hero and sorceress for freeing them all from the Wicked Witch's bondage once and for all.

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Boq's Banquet in the Marvel Comic.

When Dorothy went off to see the Wizard to ask him to send her back home to Kansas again, Dorothy and Toto spent the first night in Oz at the house of a very rich Munchkin farmer named Boq. However, Dorothy's stay with Boq the Munchkin was not in the movie.

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Munchkin Country.

Princess Ozma returned to Oz through the Munchkin Country after her adventure in the Land of Ev. (Ozma of Oz)

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Munchkin Country in the Marvel Comic Oz series.

Other sources

In Gregory Maguire's novels, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West and Son of a Witch (which use "Munchkinland"), the people are not all Munchkins, and so they are actually called Munchkinlanders. Maguire portrays Munchkinland as the breadbasket of Oz. Munchkinland is also shown to be the native home of Elphaba, or the Wicked Witch of the West, and her younger sister Nessarose (although in the novel, they grew up in Quadling Country). In the Broadway musical Wicked, based on the novel, their father is the governor of Munchkinland. In both adaptations, Nessarose eventually comes to power, but her corrupt ruling earns her loathing by the Munchkinlanders and the name "Wicked Witch of the East."

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