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"Do you think I came to the most unfindable place in the galaxy for no reason at all?"
―Luke Skywalker[4]

Temple Island[5] was an island on the planet Ahch-To where the Jedi Order was founded over a thousand generations before the fall of the Galactic Republic.[1] The island was where Jedi Master Luke Skywalker chose to spend the rest of his life in self-imposed exile after his nephew, Ben Solo, destroyed the new generation of Jedi. He was discovered on Temple Island by Rey, a Force prodigy,[4] in 34 ABY.[6] Skywalker died on the island after projecting his appearance into the Battle of Crait.[4]

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"You imagine an ocean. I see it. I see the island."
―Kylo Ren[7]

The Temple Island[5] was an island located in the northern latitudes of the planet Ahch-To. The island was home to the first Jedi Temple and a Jedi village where the first Jedi lived, which was maintained by Lanai Caretakers. The island was also home to the native porgs,[1] insects, and its steep slopes were a vivid, verdant green, with the tufts of emerald grass and the grayish moss that clung to slabs of rock.[2]

Rey visited the sacred uneti tree as the books called to her during her time on Ahch-To.

The island housed a trunk of the centuries-old[1] Force-sensitive uneti tree[8] known as the Jedi Tree.[9] It was accessible by a stairway that led from the first Jedi Temple to the tree.[1] Once upon a time the tree was massive, but over time it withered away, and all that remained of it by 34 ABY was an ancient, mossy husk, with an opening, carved by weather and time.[2] Three pulpy offshoots stood guard around a gigantic central trunk. All had tops splintered like jagged crowns, and none bore foliage or branches. Only moss grew on the ashen bark.[10]

History[]

A thousand generations before 34 ABY,[11] a tree library was built[4] within the hollowed-out trunk of the tree. A bookshelf within contained the original sacred texts of the Jedi religion during the period of Jedi Master Luke Skywalker's exile on the island.[1] As she climbed the steps of the island, Rey thought of it as a tiny dot on the water, but that was a misperception—the island was the pinnacle of a mountain that began in darkness, rising from the bones of the planet far below.[2] During Skywalker's exile, the Force spirit of Yoda initiated a lightning strike that set the uneti tree ablaze.[4]

Behind the scenes[]

Temple Island is based on Skellig Michael in Ireland, where the final scenes of Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens and parts of Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi were filmed. Filming on the island itself was not an option for most of The Last Jedi's production, so some scenes were shot on location just north on the Dingle Peninsula, while others were shot at Pinewood Studios in England.[12]

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