King Anko of the Ocean

Real Name

Anko of the Ocean

First Appearance

The Sea Fairies (1911)

Created by

L. Frank Baum


King Anko is the oldest of the three living Sea Serpents. He is king of the ocean and his brothers, Unko and Inko, each live in their own oceans, though they visit every hundred years.

Anko is thousands of years old. He has a big head that is round as a ball. His ears are sharp-pointed with tassels at the ends. His nose is flat, his mouth very wide, and his blue and gentle. His face is surrounded by stubby gray whiskers which are scattered and scraggly. His brown body is curved like a sewer pipe and the length of it is seven thousand four hundred eighty-two feet, five inches and a quarter. His brothers are seven inches shorter and several feet shorter, respectively.

King Anko lives in the ocean near the home of the mermaids and, although he is king of the ocean, he does not rule them.

King Anko lives in a great circular palace made of solid alabaster polished as smooth as ivory. It's roof is a dome with several round holes for entrance, there being no doors or windows.

The halls are decorated with engravings of scenes from ocean life, carved by walruses with their great tusks.

Anko's servants are beautiful winged fishes with faces like doll babies, long purple hair and eyelashes, and rosy spots on their cheeks.

During his many long years, Anko fought the wicked Zog the Terrible. Zog hid himself in an unseen castle within a hidden dome.

When Queen Aquareine was captured by Zog, Anko searched for her. He questioned the Prince of the Sea Devils and killed him, revealing the entrance to Zog's cavern. There, he captured Zog in his coils and crushed him to a mass of jelly-like pulp, freeing the Mermaid Queen and her companions.

Public Domain Appearances

  • The Sea Fairies

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