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The Nomes, sometimes spelt as Gnomes, are an ancient race of evil, immortal creatures made of stone and antagonists in the Wizard of Oz book series. Their master, the Nome King is part of this wicked species. Alongside the Wheelers, they helped the Nome King and Princess Mombi attack and take over the Emerald City of Oz in the 1985 Disney film Return to Oz. This race consists of about eighteen Nomes.

Biography

Nomes are immortal creatures who live in their home, a mountainous land called the Nome Kingdom, where they guard the precious metals and jewel stones that lie buried in rock and ore. They are ruled by the Nome King.

They are rather round and not very tall. Their toes are curly and their ears broad and flat. They are the color of rocks and their shapes are as rough and rugged as if they had been broken away from the side of a mountain. They can cling to the surface of rock as a fly does to a windowpane.

Though they live underground where there is neither night nor day, they do need to sleep like the "up-stairs" people do.

Because eggs belong to the outside world, they are poison to Nomes. If the inside of an egg touches a Nome, he withers up and blows away and that is the end of him - unless he manages quickly to speak a magical word which only a few of the Nomes know.

When Ruggedo was the Nome King, he often treated his subjects poorly. Sometimes, when the abuse was worse than usual, they would refuse to work until Kaliko came and begged them to. Kaliko was respected because he was one of themselves, and as much abused by Ruggedo as any of them.

Other Media

TV shows

The Nomes appeared as a small gnome-like people and they are one of the major villains in the 1986 cartoon series The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Movies

The Nomes appeared in the 1985 Disney movie Return to Oz which was based loosely on the books Ozma of Oz and The Marvelous Land of Oz. In that film, their rock-like nature was taken to the extreme via Will Vinton's Claymation, and their king along with the nomes was destroyed when he ingested a chicken egg since eggs are poisonous to Nomes. Prior to the Nome King's demise, he grew to enormous size and tried to eat the protagonists in a scene inspired by Georges Méliès's Conquest of the Pole (1912).

The Nome King and the Nomes appears in The Witches of Oz (originally known as Dorothy and the Witches of Oz). He and his people were among the villains that accompanies the Wicked Witch of the West in their all-out invasion on Earth. During the climax of the film, the Nome King fights the Tin Man and is defeated by him while his Nome minions retreated back where they belong.

Known Members

  • Roquat/Ruggedo
  • Kaliko
  • General Blug
  • Colonel Crinkle
  • General Guph
  • The Long-Eared Hearer
  • Pang

Navigation

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Books
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: Wicked Witch of the West | Flying Monkeys | Winkie Guards | Wicked Witch of the East
The Marvelous Land of Oz: General Jinjur | Mombi
Ozma of Oz: Nome King | Nomes | Wheelers
The Emerald City of Oz: Nome King
Tik-Tok of Oz: Nome King | Nomes
The Magic of Oz: Nome King | Kiki Aru

Movies
The Wizard of Oz (1939): Wicked Witch of the West | Flying Monkeys | Winkie Guards | Wicked Witch of the East | Miss Almira Gulch
The Wiz: Evillene
Dorothy in the Land of Oz: Tyrone the Terrible
Return to Oz: Nome King | Princess Mombi | Nomes | Wheelers
Journey Back to Oz: Mombi
The Muppets' Wizard of Oz: Wicked Witch of the West | Flying Monkeys | Wicked Witch of the East
Tom and Jerry and the Wizard of Oz: Wicked Witch of the West | Miss Almira Gulch
Dorothy and the Witches of Oz: Princess Langwidere | Nome King | Nomes
Oz the Great and Powerful: Evanora | Theodora
Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return: Jester | The Appraiser
Tom and Jerry: Back to Oz: Nome King

Television
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: Wicked Witch of the West | General Jinjur | Nome King | Flying Monkeys | Wicked Witch of the East | Mombi | Wheelers | Nomes
Tin Man: The Wicked Witch | Azkadellia
Once Upon a Time: Zelena
Lost in Oz: Fitz
Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz: Wicked Witch of the West | Wilhelmina Witch | Flying Monkeys (Frank and Lyman) | Nome King | Melinda the Mean | Sassy | Wheelers | General Jinjur | Wicked Witch of the East

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