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A thousand years ago, this land was green and good, until the Crystal cracked.

Bah-Lem Valley

The Mystics trek towards the now desolate Bah-Lem Valley.

The Bah-Lem Valley[2] was a vast expanse of land where the Castle of the Crystal was located.

The Valley was once the site of a large mountain housing the Great Crystal. When the Fallen urSkeks came to Thra, they demolished the mountain and refashioned it into the Castle of the Crystal.[3] After the Great Division, a great earthquake shook the Valley after the Skeksis cracked the Crystal.

The earthquake was stopped by the urRu, but not in time to save the distant Podling village of Noy.[2] The Valley gradually became a desolate land, due to the Dark Crystal feeding noxious energies along Thra's ley-lines stemming from the Castle.[4]

Other continuities[]

In Legends of the Dark Crystal, the Valley was the site of Battle of Namopo Valley, where the Gelfling fought against the Garthim, who were attempting to take people as prisioners.[5]


  1. Henson, J. & Oz, F. (dir.); Henson, J., Kurtz, G. & Lazer, D. (prod.); Henson, J. & Odell, D. (writ.) (December 17, 1982). The Dark Crystal (Motion picture). New York City, NY: Jim Henson Productions.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Froud, B., Dysart, J., Sheikman, A. & John, L. (2012). The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths, Vol. II. Archaia. ISBN 978-1-936393-80-0
  3. Froud, B. & Llewellyn, J. J., (2003) The World of the Dark Crystal. Pavilion Books. ISBN 1-86205-624-2
  4. Smith, A. C. H., & Odell, D. (1982). The Dark Crystal. Holt, Rinehart and Winston. ISBN 0030624363
  5. Kessel, B. R. & Arnhold, H. (2010) Legends of the Dark Crystal Volume 2: Trial by Fire. TokyoPop. ISBN 1598167022