Compelled by Her Majesty, Princess Ozma and charged by Royal Command to tell Her story of young Jamie Diggs, the new Royal Magician of Oz, I have fullfilled the Royal Command and endeavour to continue my work as Royal Laision to Princess Ozma.
During my writings, one creature I have yet to write of is Billina the Hen, who most remember from the Disney film of 1985; Return to Oz. I'm certain you'll recognize her from this still shot from the film.
She is actually one of L. Frank Baum's creatures in his 1907 book, Ozma of Oz. Here is our first look at her from the dedication page from Ozma of Oz.
Billina, it seems, was a chicken of great travels, having journeyed with Dorothy after meeting in a storm on a voyage to Australia. She had many adventures with Dorothy and others in Oz, as told by L. Frank Baum in Ozma of Oz, Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz, The Road to Oz, and The Emerald City of Oz.
Here we see several nice color drawings of her from the books of L. Frank Baum.
Now, unlike the Disney movie, Billina has no trouble laying eggs, although true to the books, her eggs, like all eggs, are poison to Nomes. She even has children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The chickens are all named Dorothy and the roosters are named Daniel. I can understand the Dorothy name as Dorothy and Billina were great friends, but who was Daniel? It also seems that she is now the Queen and Governor of all chickens in Oz. Go figure???
One things for certain, that's one mighty fine looking chicken!
It is my intention to write about her later this year as part of a larger project I've been planning on for some time. I hope I do her justice and that she likes my writings.
James C. Wallace II
Royal Liaison to Princess Ozma