The Winkie Country
is a division of the fictional Land of Oz
. It is distinguished by the color yellow
which is worn by most of the local inhabitants as well as the color of their surroundings.
This was the country ruled by the Wicked Witch of the West before Dorothy melted her with a bucket of water in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; since then, the Tin Woodman has ruled the Winkies as their Emperor. The Winkie Country is separated only by the Deadly Desert from the underground Dominions of the Nome King.
Elements in Winkie Country
Like all the countries of Oz, the Winkie Country contains various unusual sights and places. Among them are:
- The palace of the Tin Woodman, created because the Wicked Witch's castle was too damp
- The Truth Pond, which anyone can bathe in and be freed of an enchantment, but must always afterward tell the truth
- The Tottenhots, small sprite-like people who sleep during the day and play at night
- Oogaboo, a monarchy where items of value grow on trees; it is separated from the Winkie Country by a mountain range
- Thi, where bipeds with heart-shaped chests subsist only on thistles and use mechanical dragons to pull their chariots
- Herku, where the natives are extremely thin and muscular, strong enough to keep giants as slaves
- Bear Center, in a forest where stuffed bears are ruled by the Lavender Bear and guided by the wind-up Little Pink Bear
- Yip Country, a republic advised by the Frogman and separated from the Winkie Country at the top of a mountain
- The dark forest of Gloma the good witch.
In Other Works
In Gregory Maguire's revisionist Oz novels Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West and Son of a Witch, this area is called the Vinkus, and it is revealed that "Winkie" is considered a derogatory term. The Vinkus is inhabited by several semi-nomadic tribes, including the Scrow, the Yunamata, and the Arjiki. Fiyero, a major character in Wicked, is a Prince of the Arjikis, and the Wicked Witch's (Elphaba's) castle (here named Kiamo Ko) is actually Fiyero's ancestral home.