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Loje Nella was a shadowy Riorian female who was a member of the Hutt crime lord Jabba Desilijic Tiure's court. In 4 ABY, she was present in the throne room booths of Jabba's Palace on the planet Tatooine during a performance by the Max Rebo Band, which ended in the death of the enslaved dancer Oola.

Nella later took part in a trap laid for Princess Leia Organa, who freed Jabba's prisoner Han Solo from carbonite while she thought the Hutt was sleeping. Jabba, who had been warned of Organa's disguise as the bounty hunter Boushh, had hidden behind a curtain with Nella and other favored members of his court. Once Solo was free, the Hutt revealed himself and had Solo and Organa captured while the Riorian laughed alongside other court members.


Loje Nella listened to the Max Rebo Band perform.

Loje Nella was a Riorian female[2] from the planet Rior.[1] She served as a member of the Hutt crime lord Jabba Desilijic Tiure's court and spent time in his palace on the desert planet Tatooine.[2] In 4 ABY,[4] Nella sat behind a pillar in between two of the booths of Jabba's throne room during a performance by the Max Rebo Band. After the group finished one song, they began to play the song "Jedi Rocks," but their second performance was interrupted when the enslaved dancer Oola was dropped into the pit below the throne room after she refused the Jabba's advances.[3]

After Oola was devoured by Jabba's pet rancor, Pateesa, Princess Leia Organa, disguised as the bounty hunter Boushh, arrived dramatically in the throne room with the Wookiee Chewbacca as her prisoner. After Organa threatened the court with a thermal detonator, Jabba agreed to pay her an increased bounty for Chewbacca, who was then taken away. Organa and Chewbacca's real purpose in the palace was rescuing their ally Han Solo, who Jabba kept frozen in carbonite and displayed on one of the throne room walls. Later that night, Organa snuck back into the throne room while she believed everyone was sleeping and freed Solo;[3] however, Jabba had been warned by the bounty hunter Boba Fett that Boushh was not who they seemed[5] and set a trap.[3]

Loje Nella sat with Jabba's favored courtiers and laughed at the capture of Leia Organa and Han Solo.

Hidden behind curtains, the Hutt and his court had lain in wait for the princess[3] for an hour, with Nella hidden in a cramped alcove alongside Jabba as one of his favorite cronies.[5] Once Solo was thawed and Organa had unmasked herself, Jabba revealed himself to the pair and as the curtains were drawn back while Nella rocked back and forth with laugher alongside the musicians Max Rebo and Droopy McCool. Solo and Organa were then taken captive,[3] after which the court celebrated late into the night. However, the next day[5] Jabba and many of his allies perished after the Jedi Luke Skywalker arrived and helped to free Solo, Organa, and Chewbacca.[3]

Personality and traits[]

Loje Nella was a shadowy individual and laughed heartily at the capture of Organa and Solo.[2] She had brown eyes and brown skin.[3]

Behind the scenes[]

The puppet of Loje Nella (left) was based on a maquette (right) that was based on a Joe Johnston sketch.

Loje Nella appeared in the 1983 original trilogy film, Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi,[3] where she was a puppet[6] controlled by puppeteer Mike Quinn from beneath the set.[7] Concept artist Joe Johnston drew a concept sketch of Nella for the film[8] and a maquette of the character with lighter skin and orange eyes was also created.[9] The palace throne room scenes were filmed between January 25 and February 8, 1982 on Stage 8 at Elstree Studios.[10]

The puppet's creators in the Industrial Light & Magic Monster Shop nicknamed the character "Toadstool Terror,"[6] and in the current Star Wars canon, the she recieved the name Loje Nella in the 2017 reference book Star Wars: Geektionary: The Galaxy from A - Z.[2] The name originated in the Star Wars Legends continuity, where it was first used on a card for the character in the 1998 Jabba's Palace Limited expansion set of the Star Wars Customizable Card Game published by Decipher, Inc.[11] Despite a statement from Holocron continuity database manager Leland Chee saying that Nella was a Riorian,[12] the character was ultimately established to be an intelligent cliffborer worm in the Legends continuity.[13] In canon, the character has only been identified as Riorian, with no source yet mentioning cliffborer worms.[2]



Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Star Wars: Geektionary: The Galaxy from A - Z (French version only)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Star Wars: Geektionary: The Galaxy from A - Z
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
  4. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events of Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi to 4 ABY.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Return of the Jedi: Beware the Power of the Dark Side!
  6. 6.0 6.1 SWInsider.png "Who's Who in Jabba's Palace" – Star Wars Insider 60
  7. Pellegrom, Dennis: Mike Quinn (Nien Nunb). Star Wars Interviews. starwarsinterviews.com. Archived from the original on January 24, 2018. "I have a vague memory of getting inside that Toadstool thing from under the set, too, at one point."
  8. The Making of Return of the Jedi
  9. Star Wars: Chronicles
  10. The Making of Return of the Jedi
  11. Swccglogolg.png Star Wars Customizable Card GameJabba's Palace Limited (Card: Loje Nella) (backup link)
  12. StarWars.com Holocron continuity database questions on StarWars.com Message Boards. Posted by Leland Y Chee on Feb 6, 2007 at 3:45 PM. (content now obsolete; backup link) "Similar-looking species, with any possible connection yet to be established. Loje Nella is actually a Riorian, since the Rioirian image shown in the RPG Wanted by Cracken is Ep VI concept art for the character referred to by production as the Toadstool Terror."
  13. The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. II, p. 369 ("Nella, Loje")