It was located at the southwestern edge of Tatooine's Dune Sea, approximately 136 kilometers from the Lars homestead, at standard coordinates Alpha-1733-Mu-9033 of the first quadrant in the Tatooine navigation system. Made out of synstone, it comprised a large room that was divided into a living room and a raised kitchen, and a bathroom as a separate room. A cellar contained a power generator and water, and could be entered via a trapdoor. During his nineteen-year stay, Obi-Wan added many of its comforts.
The original dwelling had probably been constructed by a transient who had looked to become a moisture farmer or trade with the Jawas but eventually abandoned it. Obi-Wan found it when he began his exile on the desert planet. After riding his eopie in a widening circle around the Lars homestead, he found a small hut close enough to the Lars farm so he could watch over Luke Skywalker, but far enough away so he could be considered a hermit and nobody would take much note of him. He kept books containing information about the Jedi there, as well as the supplies and equipment needed to create new lightsabers.
Circa 1 ABY, Jabba the Hutt's beast master Malakili recruited a spacer to explore and search the hut. The spacer found a fossilized resonance chamber from a krayt dragon that Obi-Wan Kenobi used to terrify Tusken Raiders.
Following the end of the Galactic Civil War, Obi-Wan's hut was made into an attraction of the Skywalker Tour, having been rediscovered and restored by Myhr Rho. In 9 ABY, after Leia Organa Solo allowed the Force to draw her to the hut, she found it ransacked; void of everything save for Kenobi's workbench and a mysterious datapad in the cellar. In 12 ABY, Luke Skywalker returned to the hut in an unsuccessful attempt to reestablish a connection with his long-dead mentor. When he arrived, the hut was in nearly the same state as his sister had found it, save for the fact that the roof had caved in.
Luke Skywalker's new droid, R2-D2 brought him into pursuit of a General Kenobi. Luke located Kenobi's residence in a cave colloquially known as Obi-Wan's Cave for the desert hermit living within. Luke evaded the dangerous pitfalls and rampant sand flies to speak with Obi-Wan Kenobi. Kenobi subsequently gifted Luke his father's lightsaber and became his spiritual guide during the Rebellion's assault on the Death Star.
Behind the scenes
In the A New Hope novelization, Ben Kenobi's home was located in a cave rather than the hut seen in the movie. This depiction of Kenobi's home being a cave rather than a hut is seen in JVC's 1991 Star Wars video game.
The original movie was filmed in an old harbor in south Tunisia. Long ago the harbor moved 3 kilometers south, forming the town Ajim. The house is still used as a meeting place, and therefore is regularly renovated. For the 1997 Special Edition of the film, the shot has been replaced with a combination model / digital matte painting of a larger hut.
- Star Wars (1991 video game)
- Star Wars Infinities: A New Hope
- LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy
- LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga