Public Domain Super Heroes
King Rinkitink of Rinkitink

Real Name

Rinkitink of Rinkitink

First Appearance

King Rinkitink (1905)

Created by

L. Frank Baum


King Rinkitink's first appearance was in a self-titled novel released in 1905 which is now lost and no known copies exist.

Over a decade later, Baum had King Rinkitink appear again in his own self-titled Oz book.

King Rinkitink is the ruler of the country that shares his name. He lives in a palace in the capital city of Gilgad.

He is a little man who is so fat that he is almost as broad as he is tall. He is bald, and his face is round and red like an apple.

In personality he is very jovial, and his characteristic laugh can often be heard. His own people don't trust him to represent them publicly and try to keep him from traveling, so he often runs away to have adventures.

He wears a loose silken robe of purple that falls in folds to his feet. Upon his head he often wears a cap of white velvet curiously worked with golden threads and having a circle of diamonds sewn around the band.

Since his is "a trifle stout", Rinkitink prefers riding to walking, so for many years he traveled with a talking goat named Bilbil.

After speaking harshly to his Lord High Chancellor, Rinkitink became sad and regretted having hurt the man's feelings. He locked himself in his rooms to read a parchment entitled "How to Be Good" and issued a decree that no one should bother him. Then, Rinkitink escaped out his back door and boarded a boat with twenty rowers and traveled to Pingaree, an island which provided his own kingdom with many beautiful pearls.

Public Domain Appearances

  • King Rinkitink
  • Rinkitink in Oz

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