Endor, also known as Tana among the Ewok species, was the cyan gas giant planet orbited by the forest moon of Endor. The name "Endor" was also sometimes used for the forest moon. The planet itself was less well known than the moon.
The Galactic Empire established the Sanctuary Pipeline to reach the moon quickly, importing raw materials for the Death Star II construction. One of the planet's moons was uninhabited until used by the New Republic for the relocation of the Ixlls who were rescued from the destruction of Da Soocha V.
Behind the scenes
The planet Endor was never visible in any scenes in Return of the Jedi set on the forest moon's surface. The novelization claims that Endor was destroyed some time earlier, and that the moon now orbits its star in a planetary orbit of its own. This was settled with the release of The Essential Atlas, which dismisses the gas giant's disappearance as an elaborate hoax.
When loading the map of any planet in Star Wars: Battlefront II in Galactic Conquest, and in Star Wars: Battlefront in Instant Action, it shows the planet as seen from space. When loading the forest moon of Endor map, you can see the forest moon with the Death Star orbiting it, as well as the huge silver edge of the planet Endor, with some of the planet itself.
A large celestial body can be seen in the sky from the forest moon during some night scenes in the two Ewok telefilms (Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure and Ewoks: The Battle for Endor). The planet can also be seen in space in Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance.
- The Rise and Fall of Darth Vader (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Battlefront (Very briefly, only when loading level on Endor)
- The Bounty Hunters: Aurra Sing
- Star Wars: Battlefront II (Very briefly, only when loading Endor in Galactic Conquest)
- Star Wars: Empire at War
- Star Wars: Empire at War: Forces of Corruption
- Star Wars: Rebellion (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader
- Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided
- Star Wars: Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike
- The Adventures of Teebo: A Tale of Magic and Suspense
- Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure
- Ewoks: The Battle for Endor
- Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance
- Star Tours
- Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi novel (First appearance)
- Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi junior novel
- One Last Night in the Mos Eisley Cantina: The Tale of the Wolfman and the Lamproid
- Before the Storm (Mentioned only)
- Shield of Lies (Mentioned only)
- Legacy of the Force: Fury
- The Star Wars Sourcebook (Indirect mention only)
- Dark Force Rising Sourcebook
- Galaxy Guide 8: Scouts
- Star Wars Sourcebook, Second Edition (Indirect mention only)
- The Illustrated Star Wars Universe
- "Star Wars Kids Feature Planet: Endor"—Star Wars Kids 6
- Star Wars Battlefront: Prima Official Game Guide
- Rebellion Era Sourcebook
- Endor and the Moddell Sector"—Star Wars Gamer 9 "
- The Official Star Wars Fact File 10 (END1, The Forest Moon of Endor)
- Geonosis and the Outer Rim Worlds
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
- Star Wars: Edge of the Empire Core Rulebook
- Star Wars: Age of Rebellion Core Rulebook