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What do Star Wars Jawas look like under their hood?


Let’s face it, the Jawas are the real heroes of star wars. Without these little desert dwellers, these adventures in a galaxy far, far away would not have happened.

I know. You’re probably shouting “Utinni!” like a surprised Jawa.

But without these heroes, C-3PO and R2-D2 might never have been reunited after their pod crashed on Tatooine. Luke Skywalker would never have encountered the droids and would never have been led to the reclusive hermit Obi-Wan Kenobi. The former Jedi Knight and young pilot wouldn’t have ended up aboard the Millennium Falcon with Han Solo and Chewbacca, meaning the unlikely crew would never have found themselves anywhere near the Death Star.

The original trilogy would have been entirely different, there’s no doubt. Maybe nine hours of womp rats in Luke Skywalker’s bullseye in his T-16, blissfully unaware of his heritage or the Force, until the Death Star moves to the Outer Rim and tattoos Tatooine .

Luckily, we don’t have to put up with that or the prequels and sequels of younger and older womp rats, and we have the Jawas to thank. Yes, those strangely cute vermin-like little humanoids. They’ve become an integral part of the franchise, though we don’t know what they look like under their hoods. Where do we do?

The life of a Jawa

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Jawas were one of the first alien species we encountered star wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Slowly traversing the deserts of Tatooine in their giant chariots, their relentless digging and trading made Luke Skywalker realize who he was. Unfortunately, the first group we encountered paid the ultimate price when the Empire caught up with them.

The Jawas are native to Tatooine, though they have traveled to other planets where they are known as the Offworld Jawas (as seen in the first season of The Mandalorian). We’ve mostly seen them live in sleeve-to-hood ecosystems similar to their home planet. Every day, under the twin suns of Tatooine, the Jawa survive by salvaging discarded ships and mechanisms – for which they have a passion. Their huge trailing vehicles shelter bands of Jawa. They move showrooms for their loot and strongholds that help them escape Tusken Raiders, Krayt dragons, and storms.

We learned more about this enigmatic breed through their recurring roles in star wars movies and tv shows like The Mandolorian and Boba Fett’s Book. Later appearances helped build their reputation and even their skills with ion blasters.

The jawas are small, about a meter high, although at least one on A new hope seemed larger than average. Aside from their cute, high-pitched language and mercantile existence, the most compelling feature of the Jawas is their attire. Handwoven ruffled dresses gathered around their sweeping little frames, culminating in a hood. And deep in the dark well of each Jawa’s hood are two glowing eyes. Few creatures in star wars managed to slip between adorable and scary like Jawas.

What’s under the hood of a Jawa?

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It’s tempting to think there’s nothing under those hoods but a few floating eyes. Of course, that’s pretty much the truth. There has never been an official confirmation of what the Jawas actually look like in star wars cannon. We’ve never seen one unhooded and catching rays on screen.

What we have are behind-the-scenes photos of Jawas without a dress – for which we advise viewer discretion. Photos of Episode VI: Return of the Jedi show that they have square heads wrapped in dark cloth and mechanical eyes. A disturbing image, and without risk of being mistaken, it had more to do with the practicality of filming.

What the Jawas look like is a question the Star Wars Expanded Universe couldn’t resist. We have pieced together what is likely to be under this desert clobber.

It probably won’t make you scream “utinni!” to hear that although a few have speculated that they are deranged humans, the majority opinion is that Jawas look like rodents.

Shortly before their first appearance, Alan Dean Foster’s novelization of star wars beat the film to market, revealing Jawas to pop culture in late 1976. This novel expanded on Jawa’s story, but not in a flattering way. Besides suggesting that Jawas are related to Tusken Raiders, he compared them to rodents. While Foster kicked off the mystery by stating that the Jawas had never been seen outside of their protective cloaks, he added a cruel flourish that they are “extraordinarily ugly”.

At Chuck Wendig’s Consequences — an official novel leading to the events of Episode VII: The Force Awakens — mobster Adwin Charu compared them to wet rats thanks to their animal smell. In Boba Fett’s Bookengineer Peli Motto was a little nicer when she described them as quite furry.

The most significant exploration of Jawa society and the distinctive appearance of its members has come from the anthology From a certain point of view, published to mark the 40th anniversary of the first star wars film. stories in the sand by Griffin McElroy took on the perspective of a Jawa who dreamed of spaceships as his scavenger pack picked up R2-D2. The story added a lot of details about Jawa dresses, explaining that they regulate humidity and temperature and are provided to young people as soon as they can walk. However, that didn’t reveal much of what lay underneath.

The Great Jawa Mystery

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Not surprisingly, the rodent idea stuck. Star Wars Creator George Lucas initially envisioned the Jawas as giant rats before they were deemed too theatrical. His solution spawned four decades of fan speculation. The forums are full of artistic impressions of Jawas’ flattened rat faces. The mystery has supported some fantastic theories. Some have even inflated the importance of Jawas more than the opening of this article (if that’s possible).

One ridiculously convincing theory even suggested that Maz Katana – the force-sensitive pirate voiced by Lupita Nyong’o that we met in the force awakens – is not only a Jawa, but appeared throughout the star wars saga. The in-depth theory draws the viewer Jawas into Episode I: The Phantom Menace and connects Maz’s glasses with the glowing, mesmerizing eyes of scavengers.

The Maz theory is far from the most absurd star wars theory that’s been popping up since the early 1970s, but given that the Jawas have managed to keep their looks a secret for so long, it’s not “utinni!” that happened.