The World of the Dark Crystal

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The World of the Dark Crystal
Author J. J. Llewellyn
Illustrator Brian Froud
Publisher Alfred A Knopf, Inc (1982)
Harry N. Abrams, Inc (2003)
Pavilion Books (2003)
Publication date
ISBN 0810945797
(May 1, 2003 Collector's Edition)
ISBN 1862056242
(September 26, 2003 edition)
OCLC 51336347
741.6/4/092 21
LC Class NC978.5.F76 A4 2003

The World of the Dark Crystal is a companion book written in conjunction with the film The Dark Crystal. The book was designed and edited by Rupert Brown, with Illustrations by Brian Froud—who was the conceptual designer for the film—and text by J. J. Llewellyn. It was originally published in 1982 by Alfred A Knopf, Inc. In 2003 the book was re-released by Harry N. Abrams, Inc.

The book gives background information for the film and contains many sketches and art concepts drawn by Brian Froud. It is in this book that the names of the Skeksis, the urRu, the urSkeks, and many of the creatures created in The Dark Crystal are introduced. In addition to being a prequel book, it is an art book that contains spectacular drawings.


The book purports to be Aughra's account of the film's background story (albeit in a narrative 'voice' unlike that of Aughra in the film), interspersed with in-universe descriptions of various props and their roles in the fictional universe itself. Among the concepts explored are numerology and symbology, and periodic references to Aughra's origin.

Awards and honors[edit]

The book was a finalist for the 1983 Hugo Award for Best Non-Fiction Book.


In the 2003 edition of the book a small pamphlet titled "The Crystal" is included. This was the original concept design and story pitched to financial backers before the film went into full production. Four years after "The Crystal" was created, the film was released in theatres.