Having watched The Dark Crystal at a young age, I grew up thinking that the Mystics had three arms. However this source says that they have four.

I know they used puppetry for all of the creatures in The Dark Crystal, so that created some limitations in what they were able to depict. Were there any shots in the film that clearly depicted the Mystics as having four arms?


Yes you can see a Mystic's four hands in the sequence below at timestamp 0:12

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and within the first few seconds of the film starting, just after the opening scene with the Skeksis

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and again in the sequence just before they send the gelfling off on his quest

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  • The first three aren't very clear, esp. #3, but it is pretty clear in #4. Thanks! – user151841 Jun 3 '16 at 20:38
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    One of the mystics actually does have only the three hands; he is missing one, like his skeksis counterpart. – Buzz Jun 3 '16 at 22:11
  • @Buzz which one? – user151841 Jun 3 '16 at 22:42
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    It's UrTih, the alchemist. His only notable role in the story is that he is the one that winks out of existence when his other half, SkekTek the scientist, dies. So a viewer would be highly unlikely to spot the artificial limb unless they were looking for it. (SkekTek's metal arm is obviously much more prominent.) – Buzz Jun 4 '16 at 1:27
  • And if you want a closer look, urSol the Chanter was donated to the Pittsburgh Children's Museum, and is on display (pittsburgh.verylocal.com/…) – FuzzyBoots Sep 6 '19 at 15:42

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