Wondering about Wookiees: Untold secrets of the galaxy's hairiest species
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Chewbacca knew Yoda during the Clone Wars and will outlive Han by centuries -- and there's a whole planet of walking carpets just like him. Click through for a few untold secrets of the galaxy's hairiest species.
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Enslaved Wookiees built the Death Star
Wookiees faithfully served the Republic during the Clone Wars and were even on good terms with the Jedi Master Yoda himself. But the rise of the Empire spelled dark times for the natives of the planet Kashyyk. Valued for their strength and endurance, Wookiees were used as slave labor by the Empire and built the Death Star.
Chewie's son lives
Though the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special has been scrubbed from the Star Wars canon, Chewbacca's son Lumpawaroo -- Waroo for short -- is real. Like many Wookiees, Waro was enslaved by the Empire, but after Kashyyyk was liberated by New Republic forces, he was reunited with his father for the first time in years.
Wookiees' greatest fear
Wookiees live in tree houses on their home planet because there are some animals that scare even them. Foremost among them are the massive, tusked terentateks. Yoda himself barely escaped a battle with a terentatek on Kashyyk, and the memory of the dreadful encounter stayed with the Jedi Master for years afterward.
The Ewok connection
George Lucas's first draft of the Star Wars screenplay featured a climax where primitive furry aliens led a valiant assault on the Death Star. Initially they were called Wookiees, but by the time Lucas decided to use the scene -- for Return of the Jedi -- Chewie's pilot skills had established that Wookiees were not primitive. Enter the Ewoks, whose name is a near-anagram of "Wookiee."