The Tin Soldier

Real Name

Captain Fyter

First Appearance

The Tin Woodman of Oz (1918)

Original Publisher

Reilly & Britton

Created by

L. Frank Baum


Once, Captain Fyter was a member of the Munchkin army who met and fell in love with a beautiful Munchkin maiden named Nimmie Amee. When they first met, Captain Fyter had been marching in the forest and came upon the young damsel alone and crying. She told him that she was crying because she had lost the man she loved, a woodcutter named Nick Chopper. Nimmie told him that her lost love was much nicer than a soldier because he was made entirely of tin and shone beautifully in the sun. But Captain Fyter fell in love with the beautiful Munchkin girl, and did not despair of winning her affections. Nimmie gave Fyter permission to call on her and they soon became friends. But Nimmie Amee was the servant girl of the Wicked Witch of the East, and when the Wicked Witch discovered the couple, Captain Fyter declared his intentions to marry Nimmie Amee. This infuriated the Wicked Witch, who then enchanted the soldier's sword so that it would cut off his body parts each time he used it. First, the enchanted blade cut off his legs, and the soldier went to the tinsmith Ku-Klip who made him new legs of tin. And Nimmie Amee found him more attractive than before. Then the sword cut off his arms and Nimmie liked him with his tin arms even more. Finally, when Captain Fyter was made entirely of tin, Nimmie Amee said that she loved him and consented to marry him.

Their wedding day came and Fyter set off to meet his bride. But a storm rose up, and the rain rusted his tin joints so badly that he was frozen in place along a little used forest path. There he stood for years until he was discovered by the Tin Woodman, the Scarecrow, Woot the Wanderer, and Polychrome.

Once lubricated and restored to life, the Tin Soldier accompanies the group of adventurers on their quest to find Nimmie Amee, knowing that both tin men are willing to fulfill their vows of marriage. When they finally find the young woman, she is happily married to Chopfyt, the assembled and combined "meat" parts of the two men. Finding Nimmie Amee happily married, they return to the Emerald City where Captain Fyter joins the Royal Army of Oz. Eventually, Ozma sends Captain Fyter to keep order among the wild inhabitants of the unkown areas of the Gillikin Country.

Captain Fyter was among the guests attending Ozma's birthday party in the Emerald City.

Public Domain Appearances

  • The Tin Woodman of Oz
  • The Magic of Oz

See Also

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