|Star Wars location|
The forest moon of Endor
|First appearance||Return of the Jedi|
|Last appearance||Ewoks: The Battle for Endor|
|Created by||George Lucas|
|Race(s)||Ewok, Dulok, Gorax, Yuzzum|
|Terrain||Forested, Grassland, Desert (minor), Mountainous, Rivers (shallow)|
Endor is a fictional moon in the Star Wars universe, known for its endless forests, savannahs, mountain ranges, and a few oceans. The moon was the site of a pivotal battle depicted in Return of the Jedi.
Endor first appears in Return of the Jedi, in which it is the body in whose orbit the second Death Star is constructed, and is the home of a race of furry aliens called Ewoks. The moon later appears in the original Star Tours Disney theme park attraction, Ewok TV movies The Ewok Adventure and Ewoks: The Battle for Endor, as well as the animated Ewoks and its Marvel Comics tie-in series.
Various descriptions of the Endor system exist in various media. Special effects storyboards for Return of the Jedi refer to a distant orb in the system as "Planet Endor". According to the Return of the Jedi novelization, the planet disappeared in an ancient cataclysm. The Ewok television films depict a gas giant in the sky, and novels such as The Truce at Bakura and Dark Apprentice also mention a planet visible from the moon. The planet is called "Tana" in the Ewoks animated series, which also depicts a binary star system (while other sources depict only one sun).
In a Star Wars Tales comic entitled Apocalypse Endor, an Imperial veteran of Endor refers to the moon being devastated by the impact of falling debris from the Death Star, which was blown up while in orbit around the moon. However, another character dismisses this as a myth, saying that most of the Death Star's mass was obliterated in the explosion, and that the Rebels "took care of the rest". The final trailer for the upcoming film The Rise of Skywalker depicts the wreckage of the second Death Star in a watery location, which IGN interprets as Kef Bir, an ocean moon announced to feature in the film.
The Endor scenes in Return of the Jedi were filmed at Redwood National and State Parks in California, specifically the Smith River near the "Avenue of the Giants" in Humboldt Redwoods State Park.
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