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What is the deeper meaning behind the Good Witch of the North not telling Dorothy of the power that the ruby slippers held all along?

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    The story has to happen...can‘t have Dorthy just teleporting everywhere. – morbo May 8 at 7:59
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    I think while there might not be a good in-universe answer methodologically-speaking (without looking closer at the books), the obvious reason is because Dorothy was meant to discover or give them power herself. This is a coming of age story and the shoes themselves are metaphorical to realizing that you need to be put in another person's shoes or be placed in a new role (alternate reality or dream) to learn how much you actually take for granted and love your life/family/home. – Darth Locke May 8 at 17:49
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Given that the entire adventure was a dream, the magic of the shoes was merely a subconscious exit from the dream.

Remember, Glenda did not know the power of the slippers. She merely said they must be powerful if the Wicked Witch of the West wanted them so badly. Even the WWotW didn't know their full power, it wasn't until she got shocked by them that she realized they couldn't be removed until the wearer was dead.

It's possible Glenda later learned of their ability to teleport the user, although the reality is that it really didn't matter. Essentially, this is a case of "Why not just fly the eagles into Mordor?"; There'd be no point to the story if that happened.

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    A rabbit in a waistcoat ran past, muttering about being late. "Meh!" said Alice & went in for tea. The End. – Tetsujin May 8 at 13:44
  • @Johnny Bones. In the case of the eagles in LOTR, 1), they could be corrupted by the ring on the journey and take it just as much as anyone could. 2) They couldn't fly that far without resting several times where they might be attacked 3) most volcanoes don't have an open tunnel down to the magma chamber except while they are erupting too dangerously to approach. And 4) Sauron would likely detect the eagles coming with THE RING and send the Nazgul to intercept, realize that the plan was to destroy THE RING, and start guarding Mount Doom, thus becoming undefeatable. – M. A. Golding May 8 at 17:27
  • @M.A.Golding - But, like, surely they could have gotten them most of the way there. As for corrupting a Great Eagle, what do they care about such trivial matters? – Johnny Bones May 8 at 19:55

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