- "First comes the day
Then comes the night.
After the darkness
Shines through the light.
The difference, they say,
Is only made right
By the resolving of gray
Through refined Jedi sight."
- ―Journal of the Whills, 7:477
Addar, a member of the Church of the Force, once watched a holovid of Brin Izisca reading from the Journal of the Whills, although he admittedly failed to understand what it meant. The excerpt in question read:
The truth in our soul,
Is that nothing is true.
The question of life
Is what then do we do?
The burden is ours
To penance, we hew.
The Force binds us all
From a certain point of view.
Behind the scenes
- "Originally, I was trying to have the story be told by somebody else (an immortal being known as a Whill); there was somebody watching this whole story and recording it, somebody probably wiser than the mortal players in the actual events. I eventually dropped this idea, and the concepts behind the Whills turned into the Force. But the Whills became part of this massive amount of notes, quotes, background information that I used for the scripts; the stories were actually taken from the Journal of the Whills."
- ―George Lucas
The conception of the Journal of the Whills dates back to the earliest drafts of the Star Wars franchise, in which George Lucas had intended to use the Journal as a plot device for connecting the Star Wars galaxy to the real world. While this idea was ultimately dropped, the Journal was mentioned in several Star Wars sources, such as the novelization of the original film, which, like the novelization of The Force Awakens, was written by Alan Dean Foster. The Journal of the Whills was first made canon by the novelization of The Force Awakens, which opens with a quotation from the journal.
- Aftermath: Empire's End
- Aftermath: Empire's End audiobook
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens novelization (First appearance)
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens audiobook
- "Whills"—From a Certain Point of View (First pictured)
- From a Certain Point of View audiobook
- "The Whills Strike Back"—From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back