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Jellia Jamb, the Green Girl

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The Green Girl
Jellia Jamb

Real Name

Jellia Jamb

First Appearance

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)

Original Publisher

Reilly & Britton

Created by

L. Frank Baum & W.W. Denslow


Jellia Jamb is a fictional character from the Oz series by L. Frank Baum. She is the head of all the maids at the palace in the Emerald City and in The Road to Oz, is described as Princess Ozma's favorite servant.

She is introduced, though unnamed, in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, as the young maid who handles the main protagonists' rooms while staying in the Emerald City. She leads Dorothy through seven hallways and three staircases to her room, and provides her with a fancy dress, and gives a ribbon to Toto, which becomes white upon leaving the city. She is usually referred to as "the green girl" in this book, and her youth and kindness are emphasized.

She is introduced by name in The Marvelous Land of Oz where we learn that she is a Gillikin by birth. The Scarecrow, then ruler of Oz, asks her to act as an interpreter between him and the Gillikin Jack Pumpkinhead, who does not realize that all Ozites speak the same language, so Jellia "translates" Jack's words as insults as a prank.

After Jinjur and Mombi have taken over the Emerald City, Jellia is compelled to retain her job, and she is brought before Mombi and their forms exchanged in order to trick Glinda into thinking Mombi has surrendered herself, but Glinda undoes this magic. Jellia refuses to speak about what happened until Glinda promises to protect her.

She is seen briefly in Ozma of Oz, and shown to have an affectionate relationship with the Scarecrow. In Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz, she and Omby Amby are among the first to greet the Wizard upon his return to Oz, and he recognizes them as the green girl and the Soldier with the Green Whiskers, in spite of the major change in the latter's appearance.

Public Domain Appearances

  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
  • The Road to Oz
  • The Marvelous Land of Oz
  • Ozma of Oz
  • Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz
  • The Royal Book of Oz


While the original character who appeared in Oz books published before 1923 is in public domain, any versions published post-1923 are NOT in the public domain.

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