- "Kadann may be a dwarf, but I suggest that you don't underestimate him, my Lordship."
- ―Grand Moff Hissa to Trioculus
Nanism was a medical or genetic condition that resulted in an abnormally short adult height. An individual affected by nanism was referred to as a dwarf. The term "dwarf" was also used inaccurately to describe species the average stature of which was naturally short, or miniature breeds within a given species.
- "Amnesty? Imperial amnesty is about as valuable as a Wookiee dwarf with no hair."
- ―Thaddeus Ross, making a politically incorrect comparison
Nanism occurred when an individual was of unusually diminutive stature by reference to their species's average, due to a developmental or congenital disease. It was the polar opposite of giantism, an abnormal increase in physical size and stature. Humans, Wookiees and Sanyassans were among the varieties of species that could develop this condition. The Near-Human Bimms from the planet Bimmisaari, who stood from 1.0 to 1.5 meters for adults of both sexes, could easily pass as Human dwarfs.
Nanism was sometimes a cause of psychological difficulties resulting from social intolerance. The Sanyassan noble Yavid initially had some trouble in his homeworld's hierarchy due to his congenital diminutive size. In reaction to being constantly trodden upon, Yavid had to develop an explosive personality that could gain him a respected place among his peers.
On at least one occasion, the Imperial warlord Trioculus mocked little people with disdain and scorn, although the Grand Moff Hissa advised him not to underestimate his adversaries according to their size. Ironically, Trioculus himself was afflicted with a more exotic deformity, as he was a three-eyed mutant.
The term "dwarf" was often mistakenly used as an adjective to describe smaller breeds within a species, like the dwarf bantha and the dwarf varactyl, or even in reference to species in which the small stature was the norm—such as the porcine Ugnaughts or the industrious Nords. The verb "to dwarf" was also used, meaning "to make appear smaller or insignificant". For example, the Twi'lek minstrel Gobi Glie once stated: "But our foes have no legends; that's where we dwarf them."
- "That black-bearded dwarf has proven to be even more of a scoundrel than Zorba the Hutt."
- ―Grand Moff Hissa on the pseudo-Kadann
In the last decades of the Galactic Republic, the one-meter tall actor Palleus Chuff played mostly villainous scheming dwarfs, although he became famous for his outstanding portrayal of the diminutive Jedi Master Yoda in his self-written play Jedi!.
The Human Kadann, a former Jedi Knight who turned evil and became the Supreme Prophet of the dark side, was born with nanism, with an adult height of only 1.3 meters. After the Battle of Endor, the former Director of Imperial Intelligence Cronal set up a "Church of the Dark Side" with a clergy of false Prophets, including the Near-Human Bimm Rajah Ubooki to impersonate the real Kadann. Believing the impostor to be the genuine Kadann, both the Imperial and the Rebels referred to the Bimm agent as "the black-bearded dwarf".
Behind the scenesEdit
- "I was an 11-year-old boy at school, and my grandmother happened to hear a radio commercial on the London radio station. They were putting out a call for short people to be in this new Star Wars movie."
- ―Warwick Davis
In real life, nanism (also known as "dwarfism" or "short stature") can take many forms, some of which are hereditary. The Little People of America (LPA) define nanism as an adult height of 148 cm (4 feet 10 inches) or less.
Star Wars creator George Lucas has been working with little people on a regular basis during his career as a movie director. At one stage during pre-production of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, Lucas planned for Luke Skywalker, along with his uncle and aunt, to be played by little people. In 1977, Lucas eventually hired Kenny Baker to play the droid R2-D2 in A New Hope. In 1983, for Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, Lucas recruited several actors with short stature to portray the Ewoks from Endor, including Warwick Davis, Kevin Thompson and Jack Purvis. Davis went on to play the title character in Willow, another Lucas movie that was released in 1988. This movie was notable for employing more little people than any production in many years, and was widely praised for employing Warwick Davis as the lead.
A diminutive character called Weazel appeared in the May 1999 film Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, in which he was portrayed by Warwick Davis. Although he looks like a Human dwarf, Weazel's species has never been revealed, and he could belong to a diminutive species like the Bimms. However, Weazel's entry in The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia states that he was "short and stocky" for his species.
According to the ambiguously canon article Prophets of the Dark Side: Villains for the Star Wars: New Republic Campaign, Part One, the real Prophet Kadann measured 1.3 meters, while his apprentice Jedgar stood at 2.3 meters in height. However, a picture of the two prophets together was shown in The Dark Side Sourcebook, and the height difference does not seem to be that significant.
- Lando Calrissian and the Mindharp of Sharu (Mentioned only)
- "The Final Exit"—Star Wars Adventure Journal 4 (Mentioned only)
- Ewoks: The Battle for Endor
- Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (book-and-record)
- The Lost City of the Jedi
- Mission from Mount Yoda
- Prophets of the Dark Side (book)
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Dark Side Sourcebook
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 The Final Exit
- ↑ Darth Plagueis
- ↑ Ultimate Alien Anthology
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Evil Never Dies: The Sith Dynasties
- ↑ The Lost City of the Jedi
- ↑ The Glove of Darth Vader
- ↑ The Wildlife of Star Wars: A Field Guide
- ↑ Salacious B. Crumb (Creature Pack) on Rebelscum.com
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 "The Way of the Yrashu"—Star Wars Adventure Journal 2
- ↑ The Clone Wars: The Ballad of Cham Syndulla
- ↑ Yoda: Dark Rendezvous
- ↑ "Prophets of the Dark Side: Villains for the Star Wars: New Republic Campaign, Part One"—Polyhedron 103
- ↑ Prophets of the Dark Side (book)
- ↑ Lando Calrissian and the Mindharp of Sharu
- ↑ Little People of America—FAQ
- ↑ "Mon Mothma's 5 Facts"—Star Wars Insider 127
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
- ↑ The Lucasfilm Fan Club Magazine 4
- ↑ The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. III, p. 323 ("Weazel")
- ↑ Prophets of the Dark Side: Villains for the Star Wars: New Republic Campaign, Part One
- ↑ The Dark Side Sourcebook
- Dwafism on Wikipedia