Bury me with my spoon!


Hup was a male Podling who lived during the late Age of Division.

Biography Edit

Early life Edit

Hup originally lived in Sami Thicket, where he worked as a cook in a Spriton inn. He lost his position after striking skekShod the Treasurer, who had repeatedly complained about the food he was served and insulted Hup's intelligence. Tiring of his work, he joined the fraudulent Vapran paladin Barfinnious as his squire.[3]

Hup striking skekShod

Hup striking skekShod

The two briefly worked as traveling minstrels, though Hup soon grew weary of his lord's dishonesty after being driven out of Mu'din by an elder suspecting the paladin of cavorting with his wife. During a trip back to Spriton territory, he and Barfinnious were welcomed as heroes by villagers besieged by a mysterious beast. There, he befriended Veara, who offered to teach him the art of healing with the herbs he once used in his dishes. When the beast struck the village again, Hup joined the Spriton in attempting to drive it away, while Barfinnious hesitated. Hup subsequently joined the remorseful Barfinnious in his quest to slay the beast.[2]

While tracking the beast however, Barfinnious finally admitted he was scared and a fraud. He then revealed that he never rescued anyone from the Spitters during the Arathim War. All his comrades died; leaving him all alone, but before he could get killed, the Vapran princess he was supposed to save freed herself and rescued him. Ashamed of this failure, he left the paladins and became a bard. Hup was disappointed in him, telling him that a hero is someone who helps people up, not bring them down and set off the find the beast himself.[4]

Joining the resistance Edit

When Hup saw Deet under attack by a Silk Spitter, he swung on a rope to attack it but was entangled in a web. Deet then swung him into the Spitter, who he head-butted, causing it to flee. He explained to Deet his ambition to become the first Podling paladin, and agreed to travel with her to Ha'rar, as both their goals lead there.[5]

When Deet became more fearful of the darkening, Hup tried to reassure her that they just needed to get to Ha'rar to "win", and although he tried to explain to Deet that clan divisions were too great for any form of Gelfling unity, Deet was too idealistic to believe it and insisted that they could unite after "adjustment". They then entered the Stonewood Clan capital, Stone-in-the-Wood. Although Hup wanted to leave when he saw the unfriendliness of the locals, Deet convinced him to have a drink. Still refusing to go near the locals, he stayed by the fountains and quaffed down drink until he noticed that the locals had shoved Deet off of the bar. Enraged, Hup launched himself at the locals in a flying tackle that broke his spoon and knocked them aside. Hup then grabs a bigger, stronger spoon and continues the fight. The locals retaliated, Deet trying to stop the fight, but Hup angrily obliged them and launched one local into a fountain, proceeding to attack the others until he was imprisoned. From his cage, Hup saw Rian, but remained in prison.[6]

That night, Deet arrived after having eaten moss to make herself glow, flying around and appearing like a monster. When the guards fled, Deet freed Hup. However, Hup soon returned the favour by saving Deet from a patch of Gobbles, which might have eaten her. While sheltering a storm afterwards, they notice skekMal the Hunter hunting after Rian, and although Hup urges "retreat", Deet insists on helping them, and Hup follows. Unfortunately, they were unable to help, as skekMal captured Rian and fled faster than they could follow.[7]

Hup defends Deet from Seladon

Hup defending Deet while she was in a trance

Traumatized by skekMal and his own ineffectuality, Hup soon broke down crying and asked Deet not to go to Ha'rar because he could not protect her. Deet insisted ongoing however and reassured Hup that he was able to defend her from the Spitter, from the Stonewood locals, and from the Gobbles. Galvanized, Hup continued onward to finally reach Ha'rar and, seeing that Deet worried that she could not see the All-Maudra without Vapran attire, stole a dress for her. Hup then convinced a guard to let them see the All-Maudra as a "Brother Paladin" escorting a "Vapran Lady", although he was shocked to see his subterfuge actually work. Although they nearly reached the All-Maudra, they were stopped when Seladon identified Deet as a Grottan. Deet dreamfasted with Seladon to prove her words, but then the pair immediately went into a trance, leaving Hup oblivious until Seladon suddenly woke. With Deet still in a trance, Hup defended her even as Seladon ordered guards to hold them, Hup struggling in vain to wake Deet up until she eventually awoke on her own. All-Maudra Mayrin then arrived, ordering the paladins aside, and although Hup asked Mayrin to make him a paladin, Mayrin had no time for the ceremony and so quickly knighted him before moving on to confront skekVar and skekZok. There, skekVar slew Mayrin while skekZok had Seladon imprison Hup.[8]

Deet was later escorted by paladins into a cage attached to the Skeksis carriage, which set off for the Castle of the Crystal. Eventually, the carriage was ambushed by Rian and his allies, and Lore freed Hup from the cage and routed the Skeksis. Hup accompanied Deet in the following Lore into the Crystal Desert and sang a dirge together for Brea's mother Mayrin. Hup was immediately suspicious and mocking of Rek'yr when he arrived offering passage to the Circle of the Suns, although Deet encouraged him that the journey may be fun.[9]

Arrival at the Circle of the Suns Edit


It was not fun


Hup, with air sickness[10]

When Rek'yr dropped Hup off outside the Circle of the Suns, Hup began retching horribly, afflicted with what Rek'yr referred to as airsickness, which would eventually pass. Hobbling along after his compatriots, he eventually reached the base of the Circle but became alarmed at the approaching sandstorm. He was carried to the summit and shelter by Lore, but as he held onto Lore's arm he was continually whiplashed as Lore climbed, causing him to nearly fall until he caught Deet's hand for the rest of the climb. At the top, Hup was enraged when skekGra considered him their slave, and angry about being forced to perform in skekGra and urGoh's theatrical performance. He botched it and slept through their performance and story. When they prepared to leave, skekMal arrived and attempted to attack Deet, which Hup blocked, although skekMal launched Hup away and badly wounded him.[10]

Hup injured

Hup bedridden due to his injuries

Hup remained bedridden from his injuries, and although he wished to accompany Deet and Rian, he knew when he was too injured to continue, and simply advised Deet and Rian to be careful.[11]

Later, Hup was upright but still too injured to fight, helping urGoh and skekGra tend to urVa. UrVa briefly roused from sleep when he realized skekMal was on the hunt again, and Hup tried to talk with urVa, but he collapsed into sleep once more. Eventually, urVa did awaken fully, and using Hup's help, got to his feet and walked to the cliff edge of the Circle of the Suns. There, despite Hup's screams, urVa jumped off and killed himself in order to kill skekMal. Afterwards, Hup found the device that could reactivate Lore.[12]

Personality and traitsEdit

Hup fantasy

Hup of Sami Thicket

Hup differed from other Podlings in his ambition to become a paladin, instead of being content as a cook, and displayed traits atypical to his race, such as rushing into danger in order to defend those in danger. This loyalty extended to members of other races who looked past his heritage and showed him respect. He also spoke better Modern Gelfling than most of his kind.

He had a great sense of personal dignity, and would lash out against anyone who insulted him with slurs against his race[3] and disliked performing comical roles in public performances.[10] Nevertheless, he was not above conning people for coin.[2]

His preferred weapons were wooden spoons, replacing them whenever they broke during fights.[6] His affinity for spoons went as far as his insisting on being buried with them should he have fallen in battle.[2] Like many Podlings, Hup had a gift for music and was a talented singer.[7]

Hup did have certain prejudices against some Gelflings such as the Stonewood and Vapra clans, but this was principally in response to their contempt of Podlings.

Other appearances Edit

Several videos have been posted on the official social media accounts of The Dark Crystal in which Hup teaches the viewer to speak words in the Podling language.[13]

Gallery Edit

References Edit

  1. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Is the Groundbreaking Fantasy Epic We've Been Waiting For - Gizmodo
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Age of resistance logo – Cesare, Adam., Age of Resistance – The Ballad of Hup and Barfinnious, #6, Archaia, USA, February 2020
  3. 3.0 3.1 Age of resistance logo – Cesare, Adam., Age of Resistance – The Ballad of Hup and Barfinnious, #5, Archaia, USA, January 2020
  4. Age of resistance logo – Cesare, Adam., Age of Resistance – The Ballad of Hup and Barfinnious, #7, Archaia, USA, April 2020
  5. Age of resistance logo Age of Resistance – "Nothing Is Simple Anymore". Netflix. August 30, 2019
  6. 6.0 6.1 Age of resistance logo Age of Resistance – "What Was Sundered and Undone". Netflix. August 30, 2019
  7. 7.0 7.1 Age of resistance logo Age of Resistance – "The First Thing I Remember Is Fire". Netflix. August 30, 2019
  8. Age of resistance logo Age of Resistance – "She Knows All the Secrets". Netflix. August 30, 2019
  9. Age of resistance logo Age of Resistance – "By Gelfling Hand...". Netflix. August 30, 2019
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Age of resistance logo Age of Resistance – "Time to Make...My Move". Netflix. August 30, 2019
  11. Age of resistance logo Age of Resistance – "Prophets Don't Know Everything". Netflix. August 30, 2019
  12. Age of resistance logo Age of Resistance – "A Single Piece Was Lost". Netflix. August 30, 2019
  13. Hup Teaches Podling

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