- "I can't abide those Jawas! Disgusting creatures!"
Biology and appearanceEdit
What Jawas hid underneath their heavy robes was subject to much speculation from the colonists who settled on Tatooine, with rumors claiming they were giant rodents or de-evolved humans. Although Jawas were typically small, measuring only one meter, some of them were significantly taller than that. One of those abnormally gangly Jawas was almost as tall as a 3PO unit, a model of protocol droid measuring 1.71 meters.
Society and cultureEdit
Jawas were passionate scavengers, combing the deserts of Tatooine for droids or scraps which they would capture and sell to the local residents, forming a codependent circle of trade. However, they had a reputation for swindling, selling hastily refurbished equipment and faulty droids. Thus, moisture farmers were wary of their goods, but they often purchased them due to being hard-pressed to find a better selection in their remote locations. Jawas could create specialized "monster droids" made up of various parts from a variety of droids.
Jawas were found lurking at podracing tracks in order to haul away smoking debris from crashed Podracers. Jawas were usually first on the scene of a crashed starship, as Anakin Skywalker discovered when he crash-landed the Twilight on Tatooine.
A Jawa could often speak both their native Jawaese—which utilized scent as well as spoken words to convey meaning, thus making it impossible for outsiders to understand—and their simpler Jawa Trade Talk, allowing them to communicate more easily with other species.
Jawas traveled through the desert and transported their droids in their huge sandcrawler transports. Defunct mining companies on Tatooine had abandoned these vehicles in the desert once their projects failed, allowing the Jawas to use them as mobile bases.
Jawas had a tentative peaceful relationship with the Tusken Raiders, or "Sand People," an aggressive species also native to Tatooine. However, the Jawas preferred to avoid the Sand People when possible due to their unpredictable nature. They also feared the Krayt dragon, and getting caught in a sandstorm was just as dangerous.
One band of Jawas was responsible for locating and reuniting C-3PO and R2-D2 after their escape pod crash-landed on Tatooine. The band subsequently sold the droids to Luke Skywalker's uncle, Owen Lars. Later, the band was completely obliterated by Stormtroopers looking for the droids. Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi then found the Jawas and burned the bodies. 
Jawas in the galaxyEdit
Behind the scenesEdit
No canonical source has revealed what a Jawa looks like under the hood. In behind-the-scenes shots from Return of the Jedi, the Jawas have squarish heads covered in black cloth with large yellow eyes that appear mechanical. However, this is a costume and so may not represent their canonical appearance. The original Star Wars novelization implies a possible familial relationship between Jawas and Tusken Raiders. It also describes Jawas as rodent-like and compares them to de-evolved Humans, though these could be mere metaphors.
According to Stephen J. Sansweet's book Star Wars: From Concept to Screen to Collectible, the Jawas were the centerpiece in one of the strangest copyright infringement cases involving Star Wars. In 1978, small hooded creatures with glowing eyes that Neil Young called "Roadeyes" began accompanying the rocker on stage during a concert tour, in a tour film, and on the cover of the album Rust Never Sleeps. The case was settled out of court.
- Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
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- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Bounty"
- Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope (First appearance)
- Episode IV: A New Hope Read-Along Storybook and CD
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- Star Wars 2: Skywalker Strikes, Part II
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- Star Wars: Darth Vader 1: Vader
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- Star Wars: Commander
- Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
- Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide
- Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy
- Ultimate Factivity Collection: Star Wars
- Star Wars in 100 Scenes
- Ultimate Star Wars
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Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Bounty"
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
- ↑ Star Wars: Commander
- ↑ 6.0 6.1
- ↑ Ultimate Factivity Collection: Star Wars
- ↑ ; image #1 (of 9)
- ↑ ; image #1 (of 9)
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
- ↑ Star Wars: From Concept to Screen to Collectible
- ↑ . “It is approved but its canon status is grey area. We gave them leeway for cultural interpretation”