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Glinda by Jerantino Glinda by Jerantino
Glinda (or Glinda the Good Witch) is a fictional character in the Land of Oz created by American author L. Frank Baum. She is the most powerful sorceress of Oz, although a fairy in later books, ruler of the Quadling Country south of the Emerald City, and protector of Princess Ozma.

In the books, Glinda is depicted as a beautiful young woman with long, rich red hair and blue eyes, wearing a pure white dress. However, it is suggested that she is actually much older than her appearance would suggest, and uses magic to maintain a youthful exterior (a trait which she shares with Zixi, the witch-queen of the Kingdom of Ix). This fact is first alluded to in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, when the Soldier with the Green Whiskers mentions that Glinda "knows how to keep young in spite of the many years she has lived". In a later book, Glinda herself states that she has ruled the Quadling Country ever since she overthrew the Wicked Witch of the South during the period when Ozma's grandfather was king of Oz, a statement that provides further support for this theory.

Glinda lives in a palace near the southern border of the Quadling Country, attended by one hundred beautiful maidens (twenty-five from each country of Oz). She also employs a large army of female soldiers, with which she placed Ozma on the throne of Oz at the end of The Marvelous Land of Oz. Men are not prominent in Glinda's society.

As a ruler, Glinda is strongly protective of her subjects. She creates gated communities for the rabbits of Bunnybury and the paper dolls of Miss Cuttenclip, and later in The Emerald City of Oz seals off all of Oz from the Great Outside World for its security. However, unlike Ozma, Glinda is willing to ignore strife and oppression in remote corners of Oz like Jinxland and the Skeezer territory as long as it does not threaten the Emerald City or innocent outsiders.

Glinda - Good Witch of the South
From the forthcoming Land of Oz CCG

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GalindatheGiddy Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Original Glinda *virtual hug*
Jerantino Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
songofafreeheart Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
It's so great to see tributes to the original version of this character! I love the Wizard of Oz movie, and especiall the play Wicked. But I grew up reading the original books, so it's always wonderful to come across them. And especially in such a beautiful picture!

Though you know a lot more about the character than I do. XD
afterwicked Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
I just love this. She really looks like I pictured her after reading the Oz books. You really captured her so well in this picture.
Luanna255 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
MorganOfTheFaeries Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010
my total favorite character from the WoO series. she looks exactly how i would picture her. love the red hair. excellent job.
Jerantino Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! She is based, more or less, on the original illustrations from Baum's books.
cerbrus719 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2009  Professional General Artist
very beautiful, Nice to see another red-haired Glinda out there.
ElphabaThropp14 Featured By Owner May 8, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Stunning...Love it when Glinda's a red head lol
Great work!
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