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This land is a refuge filled with outcasts from all over, each forced to flee their problems and find a safe haven here.

Dr. Jekyll to David, Mary Margaret, Hook and Zelena src

The Land of Untold Stories, also known as the Mysterious Island, is a world featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time. It first appears in the twenty-second episode of the fifth season.

The Land of Untold Stories is based on multiple fictional lands, including the island from Jules Verne's The Mysterious Island.


Before First Curse

After Dr. Jekyll had accidentally killed Mary, Rumplestiltskin forces Jekyll/Hyde to leave for the Land of Untold Stories with a special key. ("Strange Case")

Not wanting the Evil Queen to have the Count of Monte Cristo poison Snow White and Prince Charming with Agrabahn viper poison, Rumplestiltskin manipulated events in the wine cellar where he ended up getting Charlotte poisoned by the Agrabahn viper poison. While telling the Count of Monte Cristo that there is no cure for the poison, he does offer him another way to save Charlotte. By using a special key, Rumplestiltskin transports the Count of Monte Cristo and a poisoned Charlotte to the Land of Untold Stories where time stands still. The Count of Monte Cristo accepts the offer. ("A Bitter Draught")

Cinderella found a key that would take her to the Land of Untold Stories. Upon Cinderella proving that Prince Thomas has fallen in love with her, Lady Tremaine took the key and dragged Clorinda into the portal to the Land of Untold Stories separating Clorinda from Jacob ("The Other Shoe")

During First Curse

Captain Nemo later found another key where he states to Liam and Hook that it will take his crew to the Mysterious Island. When Captain Nemo was accidentally stabbed protecting Hook from his First Mate who turned out to be Hook's younger half-brother Liam, the key was used to take the Nautilus to the Mysterious Island while Hook got away. The Mysterious Island turned out to be an alias of the Land of Untold Stories. ("Dark Waters")

After Third Curse

After sending the Camelot inhabitants home, Zelena, David Nolan, Mary Margaret Blanchard and Hook accidentally end up in this land. Hoping to find out where they have ended up, they encounter a groundsman. He refuses to help them, fearing to be punished. Moments later the Orderly appears and uses a magical taser to knock them out. As they come about, they notice their cell insulated with magic. Greeted by Mr. Hyde who thinks the Dark One sent them here, Mary Margaret tries to reason with him, claiming they too hate Rumplestiltskin. Mr. Hyde refuses to believe them. The Groundsman from earlier visits them and offers to help fix the broken wand which can send them to Storybrooke. The Groundsman takes it to Mr. Hyde's lab and repairs it but the Orderly finds him and attacks after pouring a potion down his throat and transforming into Mr. Hyde. He acquires the wand and opens a portal, transporting Pandora's Box from the Land Without Magic to this land. His plan is to use it to blackmail the Dark One. ("Only You")

Later, the Groundsman visits Zelena, David, Mary Margaret and Hook in their cell and tells them that Mr. Hyde possesses the wand, yet he has managed to steal the cell key from the Orderly. He frees them and they travel to the Groundsman's place where he turns the blue serum to red using flower sap which can separate the good and the bad personality of a person. The Orderly appears and turns him back to Mr. Hyde. Mary Margaret states that she knew who they from a story. She reveals that they are Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. She, David, Zelena and Hook escape from Mr. Hyde. After they escape, Mr. Hyde - Mr. Hyde uses the serum to separate himself from the Groundsman - Dr. Jekyll. As he tries to kill Dr. Jekyll, Hook, David, Mary Margaret and Zelena come and rescue him. Using a fireball, Zelena knocks down the Orderly as Mary Margaret uses the magical taser on Mr. Hyde. Dr. Jekyll then takes the serum and all his tools with him and leaves with the group. They run down the streets of the land, desperate to find a way out, eventually found by Mr. Hyde. Due to Henry convincing the people of New York to believe in magic and to throw coins into the fountain, a portal opens up. Zelena, David, Mary Margaret, Hook and Dr. Jekyll pass through the portal and into New York. Mr. Hyde does not make it through. During this time, Mr. Gold uses the opportunity to get to the Land of Untold Stories to get Belle back.

Later, as Mr. Hyde throws a tantrum as he was not able to get through the portal with the rest, Mr. Gold shows up in his lab. As Mr. Gold threatens Mr. Hyde with death, he tells Mr. Gold that he knows a way to free Belle from the Sleeping Curse and proposes a deal with Mr. Gold. Someway, Mr. Hyde managed to get to Storybrooke, where he tells Regina that beside him, he also brought along some of his friends from the Land of Untold Stories. ("An Untold Story")

A dirigible from the Land of Untold Stories arrives carrying its inhabitants that Mr. Hyde has loaded onto it. Some of them have started a camp in the woods where Mary Margaret states to the unseen campers that if they need help, they can come to Granny's Diner. Under the advice of Mr. Hyde, Emma follows a red bird into Storybrooke Wilderness Park where she encounters the Oracle. The Oracle tells her about the fate of Saviors and that when she encounters a cloaked opponent, she will die. ("The Savior")

As a result of being brought to Storybrooke, Charlotte died from the Agrabahn Viper Poison.("A Bitter Draught")

As a result of being brought to Storybrooke, Captain Nemo started bleeding and was found by David to have him dropped off at Storybrooke General Hospital where Dr. Whale saved his life. At the same time, the Nautilus and it's entire crew were also in Storybrooke's waters.("Dark Waters")

After Sixth Curse
After the curse is cast, the Land of Untold Stories is merged with Storybrooke. ("Leaving Storybrooke")



For detailed location information, please see the Land of Untold Stories Locations category, or the list of minor Land of Untold Stories locations.

Ways to Access the Land of Untold Stories

The Land of Untold Stories can be accessed

  • By any door which is turned into a portal with a special key. ("A Bitter Draught," "The Other Shoe" et al.)
  • Also, every other way that can be used in a magical location is possible due to the location being a magical world. (For more information, see World-crossing.)


On-Screen Notes

Production Notes


Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.

See also


  1. Abrams, Natalie (July 29, 2016). Once Upon a Time to delve into Savior mythology. Entertainment Weekly. “"The characters from the Land of Untold Stories have run away because they don’t want their stories to play out," Kitsis says. "Now that they're back in Storybrooke, they're going to play out. Once again, you have Emma in the position of Savior trying to help these people find their happiness."”
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