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Billina

Billina
Oz character
Billina
First appearance Ozma of Oz (1907)
Created by L. Frank Baum
Information
Aliases Bill
Species Chicken
Gender Female
Children multiple Dorothys and Daniels

Billina is a fictional character in the Oz books of L. Frank Baum.[1]

Contents

  • History 1
  • Other adaptions 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4

History

She is a yellow hen tossed overboard in a storm with Dorothy Gale in the novel Ozma of Oz, the third Oz book, and a sequel to L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. She is Dorothy's animal companion for this adventure, the role that Toto the dog serves in the first book.

A spunky, talkative chicken, Billina was originally named Bill because, she tells Dorothy, "no one could tell whether I was going to be a hen or a rooster". Dorothy insists on changing the hen's name to a feminine form. Billina endures several scares with the Kansas farmgirl before they defeat the Nome King as only a hen can. At the end of the novel, Billina settles in the Emerald City.

In The Road to Oz, Billina accompanies Tik-Tok into welcoming Dorothy, Shaggy Man, Button-Bright, and Polychrome to Oz. Billina is later present at Princess Ozma's birthday party.

Later books reveal that Billina has hatched many chicks (their father unknown). She names all of them Dorothy after her young friend. Gender confusion reappears, however, and the proud mother discovers that some of those chicks will be "horrid roosters"; she changes the males' names to Daniel.

One of Baum's earliest books described raising Hamburg chickens, and he drew on that expertise in depicting Billina.

Other adaptions

Billina appears in The Fairylogue and Radio-Plays (1908) with the credit "The Yellow Hen as Herself". Presumably a real hen was used in this lost film, as a real dog was used for Toto, also credited with playing himself.

In Return to Oz (1985), she is a puppet performed by Mak Wilson and voiced by Denise Bryer.

See also

References

  1. ^ Jack Snow, Who's Who in Oz, Chicago, Reilly & Lee, 1954; New York, Peter Bedrick Books, 1988; p. 17.


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