Elphaba Thropp

Elphaba Thropp a fictional character in Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire, as well as in the Broadway adaptation, Wicked. In the original L. Frank Baum book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the Wicked Witch of the West is unnamed and we know little about her life. Elphaba is modeled after the witch as she is shown in the 1939 classic film The Wizard of Oz (Margaret Hamilton): Green-skinned, clad entirely in black, and wearing a tall peaked hat. Maguire formulated the name out of L. Frank Baum’s name, taking the phonetic pronunciation of his initials: hence, L.F.B became El-pha-ba. In both adaptations, Elphaba is also called by several nicknames including Elphie, Fabala, Sister (Saint) Aelphaba, and Fae.

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Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
  • Gregory Maguire
  • Publisher: Harper Collins
  • Edition no. 1 (03/02/2004)
  • Hardcover: 416 pages