11 Things Only Die-Hard Fans Know About Endor

11 Things Only Die-Hard Fans Know About Endor

When most Star Wars fans think of Endor, they think of the lush, forested home of the Ewoks, the inhabitants that unexpectedly helped the Rebel Alliance turn the tide of the Galactic Civil War in Return of the Jedi. While Endor wouldn’t have gotten much attention were it not for its involvement in the decisive battle that ended the Empire, there’s a lot more to it than small bear-like creatures with spears.

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From all the rest of Endor’s inhabitants and whether or not Luke, Leia, Han, were the only humans Ewoks had ever encountered, to why magic played a big part in Ewoks thinking Threepio was a god, there’s a lot only die-hard Star Wars fans know about the Sanctuary Moon.


Endor Produces Its Own Coffee

Split image of hot caf being poured and a caf stand

High up on the cliffs of the Campalan mountains on Endor’s Southeastern Peninsula, Ewok farmers picked caf beans (the Endorian equivalent of coffee beans) to export throughout the galaxy, a pretty dependable credit-maker to sleepy cargo pilots on long hauls.

Referenced in canon novels Last Shot (a spin-off of Solo: A Star Wars Story), Galaxy’s Edge: Black Spire, and Crash of Fate, caf beans can be brewed (taken plain or with blue milk) to make a caffeinated beverage, or coated with chocolate and eaten like a desert.

It’s More Than A Moon

Han and Chewie flying to Endor in Return of the Jedi

According to Star Wars: Return of the Jedi: The Visual Dictionary, it’s one of nine total moons (one of which is Kef Bir) that orbit the planet Endor in the system of the same name. On the Outer Rim, with hundreds of systems in the Star Wars Universe, it’s not surprising that the forest moon, like Hoth (the 6th planet in the Hoth System), suffered from uninspired cartography.

Endor also had two suns, Endor I and Endor II. In order to have its forests, savannahs, plains, and bodies of water, it has to be far away enough from the twin stars to not be turned into a desert wasteland like Tatooine, but not so outside the hospitable zone that it becomes a frozen block like Hoth.

It Doesn’t Have A Lot Of Water

While a shot of the forest moon from space shows it to be a world not dissimilar from Earth, with large ribbons of blue snaking through swaths of green, it doesn’t actually have very much water on the surface, which makes its copious canopies and foliage seem particularly awe-inspiring.

According to the book Star Wars: Complete Locations, Endor is only 8% surface water compared to Earth’s 71%. Endor has no oceans but does boast rivers and lakes, as well as robust underwater reservoirs ?— something has to be responsible for those 1,000-foot tall trees.

Ewoks Aren’t The Only Creatures Living On Endor

Die-hard Star Wars fans may have seen Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure, a 1984 spin-off movie following a family’s space shuttle that crash-lands on Endor, separating two children from their parents. Ewoks help the children reunite with their parents, encountering several of the forest moon’s other inhabitants along the way.

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While fans might not view this movie as a worthy addition to the franchise, it does broaden the world-building of the Star Wars Universe by bringing in the Dulok, Yuzzum, the dangerous Gorax species, and the pixie-like Wisties.

It Has Its Own Mysticism Besides The Force

Nightsister Charal in Ewoks: The Battle for Endor

It’s clear from the Ewok’s reaction to C-3PO levitating that they have a deep fear of ?— and respect for ?— magic and mysticism. They may not know what the Force is, but they acknowledge that mysterious forces affect their world. The made-for-TV Ewok movies set the stage for their fear of Threepio’s wrath as a god by making magic-users villains.

From Morag the Tulgah Witch to Charal the Nightsister, Ewoks come face to face with practitioners of the dark arts who threaten their way of life. These beings are matched by Ewoks like Logray, the shaman of the Bright Tree Tribe, who uses rituals passed down through generations to help protect his friends.

The Ewoks Had A Reason To Hate The Empire

Ewoks fighting stormtroopers in the Battle of Endor in Return of the Jedi

The Emperor wanted the shield generator for the Second Death Star on the Sanctuary Moon of Endor, but in order for the Empire to establish protection for the superweapon during its production phase, an Imperial outpost needed to be constructed on the site of an Ewok village, leading to the destruction of copious amounts of native life.

When the Rebel Alliance finally led an attack on the shield generator complex, the Ewoks needed little persuading to join in the fight against the Empire. A yarn spun by C-3PO about the casualties the Rebels sustained at the hands of the Empire was all they needed to know.

Ewoks Make Good Jerky

Kaink in Caravan of Courage

Being remote, the Endor System provides a perfect place for smugglers and space pirates to lay low from enemies, and given how idyllic the forest moon is with its arboreal environment and natural resources, there would be plenty of reasons for unsavory types to stay. Only die-hard fans know that the locals would provide a natural resource of their own.

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According to the book Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know, Ewok jerky was a popular delicacy for smugglers, who would journey to their homeworld and hunt them for snacks.

Death Star Debris Affected The Endor System

After the Battle of Endor, some debris found its way to the surface of the forest moon, but why wasn’t the bulk of the Death Star II wreckage there? According to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary, after the reactor exploded the largest sections were flung all the way to another one of Endor’s moons, Kef Bir.

The fallout from the Battle of Endor is discussed in the novel Aftermath, in which the Rebels had to create shields to protect the moon from debris, with some detritus eventually becoming part of its orbit. Even when pieces were able to get through, the ecosystem was robust enough to sustain the barrage, and the Ewoks made use of whatever they could scavenge.

Luke, Leia, & Han Weren’t The Only Humans To Visit Endor

Split image of Noa Briqualon from Ewoks: The Battle for Endor and Mace and Cindel from Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure

In Ewoks: The Battle for Endor, the sequel to Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure, the youngest child Cindel becomes an orphan and is taken by the Ewoks to the only other known human inhabitant of Endor, Noa Briqualon. The resourceful trader helps protect her from Terak, the Sanyassan warlord who killed her family.

Given that the Ewok made-for-TV movies take place prior to the Imperial occupation of Endor, it’s clear that humans were not an unfamiliar sight to Ewoks and might explain why Wicket, who already had a friendship with a human girl, could become so fond of Leia.

It’s Featured In More Than Return Of The Jedi

Despite the blockbuster Return of the Jedi and the made-for-TV movies Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure and Ewoks: The Battle for Endor, Endor has been featured in other media, notably Star Wars: Ewoks, an animated series that ran for two seasons in the mid-’80s (and can be enjoyed on Disney+).

The series follows Wicket and other top Ewoks during their adventures on the forest moon, battling Morag and the Duloks, a species similar to the Ewoks but much more aggressive. The final episode of the series provides a link between itself and Return of the Jedi when Wicket and his friends go aboard an Imperial Star Destroyer just before the Emperor creates a base of operations down below.

Endor Is In California

Split image of areas of Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park used for Endor in Return of the Jedi

Fans might not be able to visit the real Endor, but they can get pretty close if they travel to Northern California. While the exciting speeder bike chase from Return of the Jedi was filmed on private land used for logging redwood trees near Crescent City, just nine miles east of there, Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park was used for the bulk of Endor’s establishing shots.

According to Skywalking: The Life and Films of George Lucas, Bright Tree Village, home to Wicket and the rest of the tribe who helped the Rebels beat the Empire, was almost left up after filming so that fans could visit it. Still, fans looking to get lost in the beauty of Earth’s Endor can still make the pilgrimage ?— maybe even in cosplay.

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