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The Braided Man
Braidedman

Real Name

Unknown

First Appearance

Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz (1908)

Original Publisher

Reilly & Britton

Created by

L. Frank Baum

Origin

The Braided Man is an old man who lives halfway up Pyramid Mountain.

He is very old, and is bent over nearly double. His white hair and beard are so long they reach his feet, and are plaited into braids, each tied with a bow of colored ribbon.

The Braided Man is a great inventor who once lived on the surface of the earth. He manufactured Imported Holes for American Swiss Cheese, pores for porous plaster, and high-grade holes for buttons and doughnuts. Finally, he invented an Adjustable Post-Hole and manufactured a large quantity. He stacked them end to end and put the top one in the ground, but fell into this extraordinarily long hole.

He caught a projection from Pyramid Mountain and made his way to a landing on the spiral staircase inside the mountain. He has lived there ever since, never having gone down or up the mountain. He amuses himself by manufacturing Flutters and Rustles.

When Dorothy Gale and the Wizard of Oz passed by his cave, he offered them some of his product. Although he has no need for money in the deserted place were he lives, he was glad to receive a blue hair ribbon from Dorothy.

Later, the Braided Man was somehow able to return to the surface of the earth to attend a birthday party for Princess Ozma of Oz in the Emerald City. His gift was a box of the finest Flutters he had ever made.

Public Domain Appearances

Book:

  • Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz
  • The Road to Oz

Film:

Notes

While the original character who appeared in Oz books published before 1923 is in public domain, the version of the character used by Buena Vista Pictures Distribution, or post-1923 Oz books are NOT in the public domain.

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