Who is the Tin Man?

Tue Apr 14 00:00:00 2009

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The mystery of the Tin Man begins, as the growing Cartoony Men mystery deepens without actually becoming any clearer

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Again we travel into the depths of this mystery as it unfolds slowly in these blog pages. Firstly there was the introduction of the Paper Man which was quickly enhanced by the mystery of the Stone Man, and now, we have the the Tin Man.

So who is the Tin Man?

Well (after a brief look at wikipedia and a sudden edit of the text), lets have a look...

The Tin Man was originally called the Tin Woodman (or the Tin Woodsman in adaptations) is a character in the fictional Land of Oz created by American author L. Frank Baum. Tin Woodman first appeared in his classic 1900 book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and then in many other of the Oz books.

The origin of the character is quite shocking, he was an ordinary man by the name of Nick Chopper who used to make his living chopping down trees in the forests of Oz. The Wicked Witch of the East enchanted his axe to prevent him from marrying the girl that he loved. The enchanted axe chopped off his limbs, one by one. Each time he lost a limb he replaced it with a limb made of tin. Finally, nothing was left of him but tin. The tinsmith who helped him neglected to replace his heart. Once Nick Chopper was made entirely of tin, he was no longer able to love the girl he had fallen for.

In The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Dorothy Gale befriends the Tin Woodman and he follows her to the Emerald City to get a heart from The Wizard of Oz. They are joined on their adventure by the Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion. The Wizard sends Dorothy and her friends to the Winkie Country to kill the Wicked Witch of the West. The Tin Woodman's axe proves useful in this journey, both for chopping wood to create a bridge or raft as needed, and for chopping the heads off animals that threaten the party.

The Wizard turns out to be a "humbug" and can only provide a placebo heart made of velvet and filled with sawdust. However, this is enough to please the Tin Woodman. When Dorothy returns home to her farm in Kansas, the Tin Woodman returns to the Winkie Country to rule as emperor.

So why is this man here? What is his connection to the Paper Man and the Stone Man? Will there be an answer in this blog...

No. Not at the moment as already the thunder is sounding, the lightning is flashing and another man is wending his way towards this blog.


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