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Dark Lantern
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Type Lantern
Usage Holds the soul of the Beast
Owner The Woodsman

The Dark Lantern is an important object throughout Over the Garden Wall. It is carried around by the Woodsman, who keeps it burning with oil from the Edelwood trees. It is revealed that the Woodsman believes it contains his daughter's soul, which is why he is so devoted to keeping it lit. When Greg is turning into the Edelwood tree, the Woodsman admits that he didn't know that the Edelwood trees were made of the souls of the children lost in the woods. The Beast offers to have Greg's soul put into The Dark Lantern to be kept lit, but Wirt refuses, pointing out that the Beast's obsession makes it seem like his own soul is inside it. When Wirt's suspicions are found to be true, he leaves the Lantern with the Woodsman, who blows it out and ends The Beast's existence.


The Beast

The flame within the Lantern contains the soul of the Beast. As long as the flame is lit the Beast can take on a form outside the lantern, his own body. If the flame goes out, however, the Beast dies. The Lantern can only be lit through Edelwood oil.


  • This same lantern that the woodsman had was seen in the epilogue.
  • The Beast originally owned the lantern.
  • In order to keep the lantern burning, the Woodsman must bring up Edelwood branches to create oil
  • The Beast, many times throughout the series, claims that if the light in the lantern goes out, the Woodsman's daughter's soul will be lost forever. In actuality, she never was in the lantern and the lantern had the Beast's soul
  • In Chapter 10: The Unknown, the Woodsman extinguishes the lantern and the Beast is finally defeated