|Zoom in on the International Wizard of Oz Club's map of the|
Surrounding Countries. The faint purple highlighted line
depicts Dorothy's route from the shores of Ev to Evna.
Note comparative scale to the Land of Oz.
We also have a major contradiction on which part of Oz Ev borders. In Ozma, we are told that they re-entered Oz in the Munchkin Country, clearly pointing out the Woggle-Bug's college and Jinjur's ranch. However, in The Magic of Oz, Hiland and Loland is just across the desert from the Munchkin Country, and Kiki Aru flies there. All maps of Oz and the surrounding countries depict Ev bordering the Winkie Country.
Evna is only mentioned briefly in Ozma of Oz. It is not really revisted in any future Oz books, unless Kiki Aru visited in The Magic of Oz when he went there.
What we know about Ev is that it has an economic system, as Kiki has to steal money when he goes there. Also, the Wheeler mentions that Langwidere spends money from the Royal Treasury. Thanks to the writing on Tik-Tok's back, we know that Evna has a patent office. And at one point, there was the workshop of Smith & Tinker.
Mr. Tinker is still alive, Tik-Tok believes. He made a ladder so tall that it could reach the moon so he could pick stars to put in King Evoldo's crown. But he liked the moon so much that he decided to stay there. Neill's illustration of this event shows another Man in the Moon waiting for him. Is this the same Man in the Moon from Baum's Mother Goose in Prose? Did Mr. Tinker stay with him? And was this before or after Mr. Smith's accident?
Smith and Tinker have both been seen back on earth and alive again, but this occurs in stories outside of the Famous Forty Oz books. I myself plan to write a little about them in the near future.
We know little of Nanda aside from that. She seems a rather regular woman of the time, denying Billina entrance to the palace at first and later being quite frightened by the Hungry Tiger when he demands food. She does have a little bit of wit, as when Langwidere asks "is Mr. Tik-Tok attractive?" Nanda replies, "That I cannot say, Your Highness. But he seems very bright."
Presumably, Nanda isn't the only servant in the palace. There are likely other housekeepers and cooks, someone must be tending to the animals in the back, and it seems the army is at close call.
Langwidere is acting ruler of Ev when Dorothy arrives, and is not considered to be the best substitute ruler. All she seems to do is lounge around, spend as much money as she can, play her mandolin, and darn stockings. (Prompting a footnote in an Oz book!)
She is most notable for her collection of thirty heads in cabinets that she can change at leisure. Where did these heads come from? The only clue we're given is that she offers to swap heads with Dorothy, once the latter has grown a little older. Some readers assume that there must be twenty nine headless women in Ev, but it does seem rather rude to do that, even if you are a lazy, selfish princess. Perhaps the heads came from elsewhere. I've even been coming up with a concept as to where they came from, but I won't say it here. Let's just say that I think Langwidere got her demanding nature from her uncle Evoldo.
When Dorothy arrives, Langwidere is wearing a very pretty head that is kept in Cabinet 17 (nicknamed "No. 17"). However, it has a bad temper, so when Dorothy refuses to swap heads with her, she imprisons Dorothy in the tower, throws Billina in with the other animals, and leaves the suddenly wound-down Tik-Tok to serve as a new statue. When Ozma arrives and lets her know that she intends to free the Royal Family of Ev from the Nome King, Langwidere agrees to let Dorothy, Billina and Tik-Tok go, since this means that she won't have to deal with affairs of state anymore. Once Ozma returns victorious, the Royal Family of Ev allow Langwidere to retain her suite of rooms in the palace.
Baum didn't return to Ev much in his books, and he certainly did not introduce any new notable Ev citizens, but Ruth Plumly Thompson introduced many sub-kingdoms there and introduced some very memorable characters indeed. However, we'll get to them in time.