Stewjon was a terrestrial planet located in the Stewjon system. It had an atmosphere that allowed Humans to breathe oxygen comfortably. Stewjon was the homeworld of Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and his family, though he was taken from the planet at a young age for training to become a Jedi.
Description[edit | edit source]
Located in the Stewjon system, Stewjon was a terrestrial planet with an atmosphere that consisted of a breathable oxygen mix that could support Human life. The world had a climate that supported the growth of grass.
History[edit | edit source]
In the year 57 BBY, the Human male Obi-Wan Kenobi was born on Stewjon to his mother and father. Soon afterward, he was discovered by the Jedi Order to be Force-sensitive and was taken from his homeworld to the Jedi Temple on the galactic capital planet of Coruscant, where he began his training to become a Jedi.
By the time he was around 13-years-old and a Padawan, Kenobi did not remember much of living with his family on Stewjon. He could recall some memories such as eating fruit with his brother, Owen. They did so in a grassy area on the world. Nonetheless, the Jedi Order allowed Kenobi to occasionally visit his family on Stewjon after his initial training.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
- "This is one of the first things I wrote in the very first script. He comes from the planet Stewjon."
- ―George Lucas, joking about Obi-Wan's planet of origin
Speculation about Obi-Wan Kenobi's homeworld first appeared in chapter 26 of the 1998 novel I, Jedi, when Corran Horn asks Luke Skywalker, "Wasn't [Tatooine] Obi-Wan Kenobi's homeworld?" Luke doesn't address the question.
The world was first seen, albeit unnamed, in a flashback in Jedi Apprentice: The Hidden Past, the third book of the young-readers series Jedi Apprentice, published on August 1, 1999 and written by Jude Watson.
June 21, 2010 saw the publication of the reference book Star Wars: The Clone Wars Character Encyclopedia, which listed Coruscant as Kenobi's homeworld. Other Jedi were listed with the planet of their birth, such as Mace Windu of Haruun Kal, so at that point it was established that Kenobi was born there even though residential areas on Coruscant were high above the surface with unnatural metallic floors that lacked grass for Kenobi to come into contact with.
This situation changed at the Celebration V convention during "The Main Event," a scripted interview between Star Wars creator George Lucas and talk-show host Jon Stewart that took place on August 14, 2010. During the panel, Stewart asked Lucas for the name of Kenobi's homeworld, to which Lucas replied, "Stewjon," a tuckerization of Stewart's name.
Official Star Wars Twitter feeds reported this shortly thereafter, which led to some Star Wars staff, including author Daniel Wallace and Holocron continuity database keeper Leland Chee, confirming on their respective Twitter feeds that the planet Stewjon would appear in future editions of The Essential Atlas and the Holocron. According to Wallace, Chee, Jason Fry, and he were discussing the correct spelling and galactic map placement of the planet less than an hour after Lucas made the joke. The planet's name fell under the category of G-canon, which was anything Lucas directly provided to Lucasfilm Ltd.—the highest form of continuity in the Star Wars universe at the time. Thus, Kenobi's recently established birth on Coruscant, made official by a lesser source, was overridden. This incident is similar to Lucas naming Conan Antonio Motti after comedian Conan O'Brien, which was also confirmed as canon.
On September 14, 2010, a month after being named, Stewjon was listed as Kenobi's homeworld on his "Clone Card," an online supplement to Season Three of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars television series, marking its first appearance in an official source. On March 16, 2011, Stewjon was given a system named after itself in the Star Wars: The Essential Atlas Online Companion on StarWars.com. Despite these references and another from a book entitled Star Wars: Mysteries of the Jedi, the Star Wars Character Encyclopedia, published on June 20, 2011, provided Coruscant as Kenobi's homeworld as in the original The Clone Wars Character Encyclopedia.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
- Jedi Apprentice: The Hidden Past (First appearance) (In flashback(s))
Sources[edit | edit source]
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. II ("Kenobi, Obi-Wan (Ben)") (Indirect mention only)
- (First identified as Stewjon)
- Star Wars: Mysteries of the Jedi
- Star Wars: Head-to-Head Tag Teams
- (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars: The Phantom Menace: The Expanded Visual Dictionary
- The Essential Reader's Companion (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi, Jedi Knight
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars Magazine 22
- "From Padawan to Obi-Wan"—Star Wars Magazine 3
Non-canon sources[edit | edit source]
Notes and references[edit | edit source]
- Jedi Apprentice: The Hidden Past
- According to 57 BBY. According to The Essential Reader's Companion, Jedi Apprentice: The Hidden Past took place in 44 ABY. Therefore, Kenobi was approximately 13-years-old during those events. , Obi-Wan Kenobi was born in
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars Character Encyclopedia
- Star Wars: Complete Locations
- The Main Event. Archived from the original on February 27, 2011. Retrieved on August 15, 2010.
- Dan Wallace (December 22, 2011). Dan Wallace. Facebook. Archived from the original on October 10, 2019. Retrieved on December 22, 2011.
- Bleyaert, Aaron (2007-05-02). I Find Your Lack Of Faith Disturbing.... Archived from the original on December 22, 2007. "There is now officially a Star Wars character named after Conan!!"
- Star Wars: Mysteries of the Jedi
- Star Wars Character Encyclopedia