The World of the Dark Crystal

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The World of the Dark Crystal
AuthorJ. J. Llewellyn
IllustratorBrian Froud
PublisherAlfred A. Knopf, Inc (1982)
Harry N. Abrams, Inc (2003)
Pavilion Books (2003)
Insight Editions (2020)
Publication date
(May 1, 2003 Collector's Edition)
ISBN 1862056242
(September 26, 2003 edition)
741.6/4/092 21
LC ClassNC978.5.F76 A4 2003

The World of the Dark Crystal is a companion book written in conjunction with the film The Dark Crystal.[1][2][3] 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.


The book purports to be Aughra's account of the film's backstory, 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.[4]


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.


  1. ^ Slung, Michele (26 September 1982). "THE DARK CRYSTAL". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on 16 April 2019. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  2. ^ Bennett, Colette (14 August 2017). "Delve into Jim Henson's genius with 'The Dark Crystal: The Ultimate Visual History'". The Daily Dot. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
  3. ^ Bernardin, Marc (18 June 2010). "Designing the Dark Crystal". io9. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  4. ^ "1983 Hugo Awards". World Science Fiction Society. Retrieved 6 December 2019.