The Dark Crystal


skekUng the Garthim-Master

Strongest of all for brute force, after the Emperor, was skekUng the Garthim-Master. Torment was his pleasure, though his urSkeks original had been a healer and continued so in urRu form. Hidden in that tall, shining urSkek was one who, ages later, could find satisfaction in tearing apart the gentle Gelfling. (I am of stone and wood; I too could crumble and rot.) The urSkeks knew this evil was in them and tried hard to burn it out. The soul driven by strong forces is weak, and the soul without its strength is helpless. Wisdom and compassion have their roots in the same soil as violence and hate; the strong being allows them to fight within him, to recognize that his strength of will must control the evil he could do. That the urSkeks did not understand this and violated their nature was the ruin of our World. They looked and spoke like superior beings, but they too were capable of error.

See also The Garthim

Text from:
Brian Froud, The World of the Dark Crystal [ISBN: 1 86205 624 2]
Henson Organization Publishing / Harry N. Abrams, New York 2003
Originally published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York 1982
The urRu march toward the Castle of the Crystal ... to their destiny
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