Tuesday October 5 is a day of mourning for Star Wars fans. It was this date in 1999 that Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Vector Prime by R. A. Salvatore was released by Del Rey. The book, which was the first installment in the epic New Jedi Order series featured the heroic, yet tragic, death of the beloved Chewbacca. Chewie, as he is commonly known, was first introduced to us in the movie, Star Wars, in 1977. He was the co-pilot of the Millennium Falcon and best friend to Han Solo. He was a strong warrior, brilliant mechanic, fantastic pilot, nobel, and loyal to the end.
Han Solo, then an Imperial Lieutenant, forfeited his career as an Imperial and rescued Chewbacca from death. For this act, Chewie felt he owed Han a life debt which later included Han’s wife, Leia Organa Solo, and children Anakin, Jacen, and Jaina Solo. Chewbacca died helping young Anakin Solo rescue children from the destruction of the world Sernpidal. Anakin was forced to chose saving his family over Chewbacca, a decision even his father found hard to accept, “You left him, you left Chewie!”
Chewbacca is, to date, the only major character from the original Star Wars trilogy to be killed of in the Expanded Universe books.
A campaign has begun on Facebook to remember Chewbacca by converting your profile picture to one of Chewbacca on Tuesday, October 5. In this small way we can all pay tribute to a fantastic character that brought joy to many of us for years.
Chewie meets his fate. Art by Tommy Lee Edwards from the book Star Wars: The New Essential Chronology.
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