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Blinkie
Blinkie

Real Name

Unknown

First Appearance

The Scarecrow of Oz (1915)

Original Publisher

Reilly & Britton

Created by

L. Frank Baum

Origin

Blinkie was the leader of all the other Jinxland witches and, therefore, the most hated and feared. King Krewl of Jinxland used her witchcraft at times, but she always charged large sums of money or heaps of precious jewels for her services.

When Trot, Cap'n Bill, and Button-Bright arrived in Jinxland, the king was suspicious of them. Blinkie agreed that Cap'n Bill might be a powerful wizard, so she snuck into his room while he was sleeping and transformed him into a grasshopper (with a wooden leg).

She froze the heart of Princess Gloria of Jinxland and was well-paid by King Krewl and his courtier, Googly-Goo. But when King Krewl was deposed by the Scarecrow of Oz, Blinkie was quickly captured. The Scarecrow sprinkled a shrinking powder on her, and would not give her the antidote until she righted the wrongs she had committed. By the time the grasshopper was transformed back into Cap'n Bill and Gloria's heart was defrosted, Blinkie was no taller than the Scarecrow's knee. He gave her the antidote to the shrinking powder, which also contained a compound that deprived her of all her magic powers. Since she was then harmless, the Scarecrow sent her home.

Appearance and Demeanor

This evil creature is old and ugly. She is called "Blinkie" because she lost one eye and wears a black patch over it. She carries over her arm a black bag which contains several packets of powder which she uses in her witchcraft.

Her house has eight sides, with a door and a window in each side. There is a stout post in the center, and a fireplace with a large kettle.

Public Domain Appearances

  • The Scarecrow of Oz

Notes

  • In the film which this novel is loosely based on, His Majesty, the Scarecrow of Oz, Blinkie does not appear and instead Mombi is the villain.
  • The fact that Blinkie is one-eyed and wears an eye-patch suggests a connection to the Wicked Witch of the West.

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