How it worksEdit
In the book, this is achieved by lighting the candle, thinking of where you want to go. Each step you take brings you closer and closer to your destination as you cross leagues in a single step.
In the movie, you must simply light the candle and think of your destination. The candle's magic will teleport you in a flash of light.
How it is usedEdit
In the book the candle is given to Tristan in Faerie by "the small hairy person" and is used first for him to get to the star's crater, over the mountains, and then by Tristran and Yvaine to escape the clutches of the witch queen (referred to as Lamia, while she calls herself Morwanneg) with Tristan using his own hand as the wick and Yvaine forced to limp, causing a scar on Tristan's hand. They end up stranded on a cloud as the candle burns out and Tristran can no longer stand the pain.
In the film, the candle was left wrapped in a note from Tristan's mother when she left him for his father. It is used in the attic in Wall to get to the crater. It is then re-used to escape the witch queen. However, Tristan tells Yvaine to think of home, and he thinks of Wall while Yvaine thinks of the sky, stranding on a cloud. The candle was later gifted to Tristan and Yvaine during their coronation as the rulers of Stormhold, and they used it after ruling Stormhold for eighty years to go to the sky.
How Many Miles To Babylon?Edit
The Babylon candle appears to have been inspired by the nursery rhyme How Many Miles To Babylon?, which runs as follows:
How many miles to Babylon?
Four score miles and ten.
Can I get there by candlelight?
There and back again.
Yes, if your heels are nimble and light,
You can get there by candlelight.
Tristran recites this to the little hairy person, who laughs and says that there are those as would pay quite a bit for that, and in the other world (Earth - Wall and affiliated country) they sing it to babes in their cradles. It's a waste of knowledge, in many people's opinion.