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 Tristran 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, calls herself Morwanneg) with Tristran using his own hand as the wick and Yvaine forced to limp. This is how Tristran comes by the scar on his 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 Tristran'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 reused to escape the witch queen. However, in the film, Tristran tells Yvaine to think of home, and he thinks of Wall while Yvaine thinks of the sky. This lands them stranded on a cloud.
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.