Tales of Tatooine – Cool Facts and Quotes About The Desert Planet From Star Wars

The first planet we ever laid our eyes on in the Star Wars universe was the desert that was Tatooine. Appearing in the opening scenes of A New Hope it was supposedly full of scum and villainy. Tattooine was where Luke Skywalker grew up, learning to shoot womp rats.

Some of the franchise's most iconic characters have lived or stepped foot on the planet. Of course, Luke Skywalker is one of them, but also Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Maul, Padmé Amidala, Qui-Gon Jinn, Anakin Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, R2-D2, C-3PO, BB-8, Shmi Skywalker, Watto, and Rey Skywalker are among them.

Here are some sweet facts and the odd quote about the iconic hunk of rock:

  • The Hutts effectively rule the planet by way of being crime lords. The planet is too hard to manage by Imperial standards so it is essentially left to its own devices.
  • The so-called Tusken Raiders or sand people are the actual natives of Tatooine. Jawa, Hutts, and humans came after.
  • While Mos Eisely is perhaps the most famous place on Tatooine, its actual capital is called Bestine. It is situated far west of Mos Eisley near the southwestern Dune Sea.
  • One of Stars Wars' most famous quotes was uttered by Obi-Wan Kenobi as he observed what lay before him and Luke. The quote in question is, of course, this: “Mos Eisley spaceport. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.”
  • The filming location that served as Tatooine in A New Hope was the deserts of Tunisia. For The Force Awakens, filming was done in Abu Dabi.
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi lived on Tatooine to keep an eye on Luke Skywalker. He lived in the region known as the Jundland Wastes.
  • The famous Catina where our heroes met Han Solo is actually called Chalmun's Cantina. Chalmun is a Wookiee and the owner of the establishment.

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    Image Courtesy of Lucasfilm
  • Tattoine is not actually referred to by name in A New Hope. It was originally going to be called Utapau but George Lucas went for Tatooine and Utapau was instead used in Revenge of the Sith.
  • Classic quote from Jedi when Luke and Han are about to be thrown into the Sarlacc's pit:
Luke: “There's nothing to see. I used to live here, you know.” 
Han Solo: “You're gonna die here, you know. Convenient.”
  • There are scenes taking place on Tatooine in every Star Wars movie except The Empire Strikes Back where it was verbally mentioned.
  • The Phantom Menace's famous pod race scene took place on Tatooine – if you paid attention to that scene, you would have seen a cameo by Jabba the Hutt (from Return of the Jedi).
  • The planet itself is said to be inspired by the desert set in the novel Dune.
  • Here are 20 reasons never to visit the place.
If you're interested in other locations in the Star Wars universe, why not catch a game of sabacc at Cloud City or talk a forest walk on Endor?
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