"It's not wise to upset a wookiee."
Han Solo
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Name Wookiees
Aliases Wookie (common mis-spelling)
Continuity Star Wars
Category Alien
Status Existing
Homeworld Kashyyyk
Stellar System Kashyyyk system
Galaxy Unnamed galaxy
Body type Anthropoid
Average lifespan Several hundreds of years
Average Height 2.1 meters
Average Weight Unknown
Limbs 4
Eyes 2
Fingers 10
Toes 10
Special adaptations None
Social Structure
Native language Shyriiwook; Xaczik; Thykarann
Sub-groups None
Representatives Chewbacca; Attichitcuk; Black Krrsantan; Lobacca; Lumpawaroo; Mallatobuck; See Wookiees for a complete list
Allies Old Republic; Alliance to Restore the Republic; New Republic
Enemies Galactic Empire
First Appearance Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977) (Chewbacca); Star Wars Holiday Special (1978) (other wookiees)

Wookiees are a sentient race of long-lived anthropoids nominally indigenous to the mid-rim world of Kashyyyk. They are characterized by their immense height and body mass and are completely covered in course hair of varying colors (usually brown).

Culture Edit

Wookiees are an arboreal race by nature, preferring to live in small tree huts than on the ground. They communicate through a complex system of grunts and growls, which often leads others to mistakenly believe that wookiees are primitive and savage, when in fact, they are an extremely intelligent species despite their fearsome appearance. Wookiees are known to have a longer life span than most other races and wookiees in the prime of their life are sometimes more than two-hundred years old. Wookiees cherish life and have a strong sense of respect with regards to other life forms. Once every three years (Kashyyykian calendar), wookiees celebrate a festival known as Life Day. The holiday is a time of rebirth and renewal in wookiee culture and it celebrates the life-cycle of the planet itself. Regardless of one's location, a wookiee was expected to be at home with their family so as to honor Life Day and pay tribute at the Tree of Life. [1]

Another important element of wookiee culture is known as the Life Debt. If a wookiee's life was saved through the actions of another, whether they be wookiee or some other alien species, the wookiee in question was honor-bound to serve them as guardian and friend, even to to the point of sacrificing their own life if need be. As the title implies, the wookiee is obligated to observe the life debt for the entirety of their savior's lives. In many cases, the life debt may be extended to include their savior's loved ones, friends or family members. Other alien cultures practice the institution of the life debt including the Gungans of Naboo and the reptilian Trandoshans. [2]

History Edit

The Clone Wars Edit

In 26 BBY, prior to the onset of the Clone Wars, the Trade Federation imposed increased levies against the Wookiee Trading Guild, forcing the wookiees to take up opposition against them. The wookiees played a major part in defending their homeworld against Battle Droids and Super Battle Droids deployed by the Trade Federation at this early stage of the Separatist Crisis. [3]

By 19 BBY, the war between the Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems had been taking place for more than three years. The wookiees aided the Grand Army of the Republic and a complement of Jedi masters in a skirmish known as the Battle of Kashyyyk. The wookiees succeed in defending their shores from the Confederacy's Separatist Droid Army. [4] One of the civilian fighters during this battle, Chewbacca, would later go on to become a hero of the Galactic Civil War and a devoted member of the Rebel Alliance.

Wookiees of note Edit

Notes & Trivia Edit

  • In the 2008 comedy Meet the Spartans, Sean Maguire's King Leonidas taunts the Persians by making wookiee sounds.

See also Edit


The World of Star Wars

Star Wars miscellaneous

Appearances Edit

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