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Tatooine
Tatooine.jpg
Distance from Core 44,000 light years
Region Outer Rim Territories
Oversector Oversector Outer
Sector Arkanis Sector
System Tatoo
Number of suns 2
Number of moons 3
Population 2,000,000
Species Assorted (primarily Humans, Jawas, and Tusken Raiders)
Points of Interest Anchorhead, Mos Eisley, Mos Espa
Surface water 1%
Affiliation Hutt, Galactic Empire, New Republic

Tatooine (pronounced /ˌtætuːˈiːn/) is a fictional planet and setting for many key scenes in the Star Wars saga, appearing in every Star Wars film except The Empire Strikes Back, although it is mentioned at the end of the movie. Since it is the home planet of Anakin Skywalker and Luke Skywalker, it is also one of the most iconic planets in the Star Wars universe.

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Description

Tatooine is a desert planet in a binary star system. It once had large oceans and a world-spanning jungle, but this biosphere was destroyed when the myopic Rakata razed the planet, drying up its riverbeds and boiling away its oceans.  

Tatooine has two suns, as it is in a binary star system. This shot from A New Hope remains one of the most famous scenes of the entire saga.[1]

Tatooine’s G-type and K-type twin suns (Tatoo I & Tatoo II) heat its surface, making water and shade hard to come by. The planet's indigenous lifeforms—such as the Womp rat, bantha, Sarlacc, and Krayt Dragon—are well-adapted to its arid climate, but human settlers often become moisture farmers and live in subterranean dwellings in order to survive. The planet's lack of resources, brutal heat, and decentralized population have made governing the planet nearly impossible.

The planet fell into the clutches of the Hutts, a clan of vile gangsters. Since Tatooine was beyond the reach of the Galactic Republic, the Hutts presided over the lawless planet with little outside interference. When the Galactic Empire subsumed the Old Republic, the new regime established only a token presence on Tatooine, which left Jabba the Hutt’s reign unchallenged. Jabba remained the assumed ruler of Tatooine until his death in the Battle of Carkoon.

Sentient Inhabitants

A Tusken Raider, a native inhabitant of Tatooine.
  • Humans — Settlers
  • Hutts — Slug-like crime lords
  • Jawas — Short, humanoid scavengers and traders
  • Tusken Raiders (or Sand People) — Fierce, nomadic humanoids and the native people of Tatooine

Flora

  • Trees — Rare, knotted vegetation. Most were planted by an exiled Ithorian.  

Fauna

Locations

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Anchorhead

Anchorhead is a settlement located a few miles east of the Lars family home, south of the bustling spaceport of Mos Eisley, and primarily consists of moisture farmers.

Bestine

Bestine, the "capital" of Tatooine, is situated far west of Mos Eisley near the south-western Dune Sea. It was also one of the earliest settlements on the planet but never thrived economically, sharing the same problems as many other settlements on the dry world. The Galactic Empire eventually established its base of operations here and placed its regional governor in the city's Main Hall. It is featured prominently in Star Wars: Galaxies.

Dune Sea

The Dune Sea is a huge sandy desert, near the cities of Anchorhead, Mos Eisley and Tosche Station. It is inhabited solely by Tusken Raiders, Jawas, wraids, dewbacks and the occasional Krayt dragon. Moisture farmers often have many moisture vaporators located in the Dune Sea to collect the scarce water vapor from the air.

Great Pit of Carkoon

The Great Pit of Carkoon is located within the Dune Sea. It is a large depression in the desert sand created by the Sarlacc, a large omnivorous creature that uses the pit to capture prey. The Great Pit of Carkoon is the site of a skirmish that takes place between Luke Skywalker and the forces of Jabba the Hutt. The Hutt crime lord and most of his minions are killed during the battle.

Jabba's Palace

Jabba's Palace, is located in the desert known as the Dune Sea and was home to the gangster Jabba the Hutt. It is introduced as the main setting of the beginning of Return of the Jedi. Jabba's palace is also the main setting in Tales From Jabba's Palace edited by Kevin J. Anderson, as well as a playable area in the video games Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: Battlefront II. The palace was originally a monastery built by the mysterious B'omarr monks, who still inhabit parts of the palace.

Jundland Wastes

The Jundland Wastes occupy most of Tatooine's temperate area, a rocky region known for its numerous cliffs and a multitude of hidden dangers. Obi-Wan Kenobi lived in a small dwelling on the edge of the Jundland Wastes after he took the infant Luke Skywalker to live on a moisture farm with relatives to hide the boy from Darth Vader. This area is also a level in the video game LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy.

Moisture farms

Luke Skywalker next to a moisture vaporator on Tatooine.

Moisture farms are small agricultural settlements found in the deserts of Tatooine that utilize a large amount of moisture collecting devices spread over a wide area to harvest water from the relatively dry air of the planet. Luke Skywalker spent his early years living with his Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru on a moisture farm. Moisture farmers harvest water vapour from the atmosphere, and use it to grow crops in underground hydroponic labs.

Mos Eisley

Mos Eisley is a spaceport town. In Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Obi-Wan Kenobi described Mos Eisley as a "wretched hive of scum and villainy." It is also the home of the Mos Eisley Cantina and Figrin D'an and the Modal Nodes.

Mos Eisley Cantina

The Mos Eisley Cantina, officially named Chalmun's Cantina, is a bar located in Mos Eisley. It is the haunt of freight pilots and other dangerous characters of varying races.

Mos Espa

Mos Espa is a city known for its distinct "desert-proof" domed buildings. It is home to a podracing track and was the home of Anakin and Shmi Skywalker in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. There was a large slave quarter within the rugged city.

Tosche Station (Toshi Station)

The Tosche Station, or Tosche Power Station, is a general store found in the city of Anchorhead. It sells a variety of goods such as power converters. Tosche Station serves as the central location in the Anchorhead Story of Star Wars, a series of scenes that were deleted from Episode IV. It is described as a frequent hangout for Anchorhead's youth due to the fact that its owner, Merle Tosche, is seldom around. In his absence, "Fixer" runs the business, accompanied by his girlfriend Camie, and assisted by a repair droid.

Tatooine's namesake

The planet is not actually named in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope; according to Lucas he intended to name it Utapau but finally he named it retrospectively after the movie's desert location, Tataouine (French spelling) or Tataween (تطاوين) (Arabic spelling) in Tunisia. Utapau however was given to a different planet, in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.[2]

Tatooine in other pop culture

Tatooine was referenced in the television show House in the episode "Cane and Able," when they have a patient who believes he is being tortured by aliens.

"Tatooine" is a song by Honest Bob and the Factory-to-Dealer Incentives, a Massachusetts-based band.

In the episode "Diet" of "Aqua Teen Hunger Force", Master Shake claims he has three hearts because he is from Tatooine.

In the Family Guy episode "Blue Harvest", R2D2 (Cleveland) states, "I could sure go for some Tatooine, Wind and Fire right about now." This is a reference to the 1970s R&B band Earth, Wind and Fire.

In Blink-182's song "A New Hope", singer Mark Hoppus states that "he will walk naked in the deserts of Tatooine".

Tatooine in science

The California Institute of Technology reported on July 13, 2005 that Maciej Konacki, a senior postdoctoral scholar in planetary science, discovered a planet orbiting a triple-star system known as HD 188753 in the constellation Cygnus about 149 light-years from Earth. It is the first planet to be discovered orbiting a multi-star system, and Konacki refers to planets of this type as "Tatooine planets" after Luke Skywalker's home world. [3]

Appearances

Tatooine's twin suns, Tatoo I and Tatoo II.
  • Lego Star Wars
  • Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy
  • Star Wars Battlefront
  • Star Wars Battlefront II
  • Star Wars Empire At War
  • Star Wars Bounty Hunter
  • Star Wars: Droid Works
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (novel)
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
  • Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (mentioned only)
  • Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (video game)
  • Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds (non-canon)
  • Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds: Clone Campaigns
  • Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided
  • Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic (video game)
  • Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic (video game; mention only)
  • Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy (video game)
  • Star Wars: Rogue Squadron (video game; both level 1 and a bonus level are situated on Tatooine)

References

Cited References

  1. ^ http://www.greatestfilms.org/scenes41.html
  2. ^ The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film, April 24, 2007, Del Rey. ISBN 0345477618
  3. ^ "Caltech Press Release, 7/13/2005, Dr. Maciej Konacki". http://mr.caltech.edu/media/Press_Releases/PR12716.html. Retrieved 2008-03-16.  

General References

  • Star Wars: The Annotated Screenplays, softcover, 1997. George Lucas, Leigh Brackett, Lawrence Kasdan, Laurent Bouzereau, ISBN 0-345-40981-7
  • Star Wars: Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina, 1st paperback printing, 1995. Kevin J. Anderson (editor of anthology). ISBN 0-553-56468-4
  • Star Wars: Tales from Jabba's Palace, 1st edition, 1995. Kevin J. Anderson (editor), ISBN 0-553-56815-9
  • Star Wars, Darksaber, 1st paperback printing, 1995. Kevin J. Anderson, ISBN 0-553-57611-9
  • The Essential guide to Planets and Moons (Star Wars), 1st edition, by Daniel Wallace, Scott Kolins. 1998. ISBN 0-345-42068-3

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