Prologue and Background Context:
"Finally be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might. Put on
the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the
schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood,
but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of
this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the
heavenly places." Ephesians 6:10-12 (NASV).
The events that shaped Jareth into the Goblin King were recorded early in the history of man:
Genesis 6 1:2 " And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the
face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,
That the sons of God (bene elohim) saw the daughters of men that they
were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose; There were
giants (nephilim or fallen ones) in the earth in those days; and also
after that,when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and
they bare children to them."
Jareth's father, Emial, was an angel of God who fell in love with a daughter of man, Miriam. Unaware of his heavenly nature, they married and she became pregnant.
Jude 6,7b "And the angels which kept not their first estate,
but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains
under darkness unto the judgment of the great day."
Seeing wickedness abound on the earth God sent the Great Flood to destroy the evil that infested His creation. Because they were immortal the fallen angels were cast down and held by the chains of darkness until judgment day and this included Emial. Miriam however was a faithful servant of God and He had mercy on her and her unborn baby. They were given sanctuary in the hollows of the earth, a land called the Underground. The Underground was neither the world of man or spirit, yet it was both. It was an axis of conflict; a battleground of spiritual forces, the pivot in the struggle of good and evil. Whether it was a place for the redeemed or the dammed lay in the individual and was not predetermined, it rested with the choices of the heart and soul of those who lived there.
Miriam and her half-breed son were established in a section of the Underground called the Kingdom Of The Lost Ones. For protection and wrought by God a great Labyrinth fortressed the kingdom. Into this kingdom Jareth was born and was heir. As supreme ruler Jareth had many titles; Majesty Of The Forsaken, Sentient Of The Unloved, Sovereign Of The Labyrinth, were some of many that were bestowed on the Goblin King.
Due to his angelic heritage Jareth possessed ethereal beauty, grace, superior intelligence, magical powers and the ability to mesmerize with a heavenly voice. He was also vain, egotistical, seductive, domineering, immature, calculating, spoiled and rash. During Miriam's lifetime she taught Jareth both the love of God and the human heart's potential for great good and cruelty. She would often say, "The Almighty will remember you my son, be prepared." Her lessons were not lost on him, but being strong willed, he thought man to be an inherently stupid and graceless being that he enjoyed tormenting. As Goblin King Jareth did not have much exposure to the goodness of the human heart. He saw a great deal of selfishness and cruelty as he collected unwanted children from those who wished them away.
When a child was taken and transformed from human to goblin its breath and soul were returned to God. The shriveled forsaken body became a minion to the Goblin King. These soulless ones, poppets, were left as a reminder of man's capacity for great evil.
The Labyrinth itself was guardian of the kingdom and did Jareth's bidding, but, created by God, and unknown to the Goblin King, it also had another purpose. While the Labyrinth responded to Jareth's commands, it also lay in wait for the one worthy to defeat it. Its riddles, hardships and tests would stop those who did not have the ability to sacrifice greatly for love. One of the Labyrinth's secrets was the meaning of the final test, the Escher room. The only way to solve it was to put oneself at great risk and take the final step, a leap of faith. Jareth knew the leap would solve the puzzle but what he did not know was once the fortress of his world, indeed its very foundation was ripped apart it would trigger a chain of events that would begin the battle for his soul.