A Word, A Place, And Something Else–Finding Luke Skywalker’s Home

I have been sucked into Star Wars this week. It started with May 4th, when I started writing a post on the saga. And of course, the way it goes with something as awesome as Star Wars, is I get pulled in before I can even try and resist. I have gathered so much information that it seemed appropriate to share them here. I even learned a new word–troglodyte–more below.

The Word: Troglodyte (trog·lo·dyte)


  1. a. A member of a fabulous or prehistoric race of people that lived in caves, dens, or holes.
    b. A person considered to be reclusive, reactionary, out of date, or brutish.

  2. a. A nonhuman ape. Not in scientific use.
    b. An animal that lives underground, as an ant or a worm. Not in scientific use.
Word Origin: From Latin Trōglodytae, a people said to be cave dwellers, from Greek Trōglodutai, alteration (influenced by trōglē, hole, and -dutai, those who enter) of Trōgodutai.

Usage examples from The Free Dictionary

Foremost of all, of course, were the sight of the fiery caves and the certainty that some troglodytic race inhabited them.

The Place:   Matmata, Tunisia

Remember when we first met Luke Skywalker? Back in that sunburnt planet where water was such a treasure? The planet’s Tatooine, the rugged desert world with two suns was home to both Luke and Anakin Skywalker.

You don’t have to hike across galaxies to find Tatooine though. The location where The New Hope was filmed is in Matmata, Tunisia. The Lars homestead where Luke lived before he became a Jedi knight is supposedly a hotel now, so if you are so inclined, you could o spend a night there.

Here’s the synopsis on Matmata. From wikipedia:

Matmata is a small Berber speaking town in southern Tunisia. Some of the local Berber residents live in traditional underground “troglodyte” structures. In 2004 it had a population of 2,116.

The structures typical for the village are created by digging a large pit in the ground. Around the perimeter of this pit artificial caves are then dug to be used as rooms, with some homes comprising multiple pits, connected by trench-like passageways.

Okay, I need to get my boxed set out tonight. Writing so much about Star Wars has me craving for a rewatch now.


PC: Lucasfilm

The Something Else: Tatooine

Tatooine probably needs no introduction. Home to both Anakin and Luke, the barren world is best summed up by Luke:

Well, if there’s a bright center to the universe, you’re on the planet that it’s farthest from.―Luke Skywalker, to C-3PO

From Wookieepedia:

Tatooine was a desert world and the first planet in the binary Tatoostar system. It was part of the Arkanis sector in the Outer Rim Territories. It was inhabited by poor locals who mostly farmed moisture for a living. Other activities included used equipment retailing and scrap dealing. The planet was on the 5709-DC Shipping Lane, a spur of the Triellus Trade Route, which itself connected to the Sisar Run. The planet was not far from the Corellian Run. It had its own navigation system. However, it would still play a role in galactic events, serving as the home of Anakin Skywalker. It was here that Jedi MasterQui-Gon Jinn recognized Anakin’s potential to become a Jedi and where he introduced him to Obi-Wan Kenobi, his future master and mentor. Tatooine was also the home of Anakin’s son, Luke, where he lived until his early adulthood. The planet acquired a bad reputation, often being viewed as the cesspool of the galaxy due to the large number of criminals who could be found there.

Darn, that carving is getting stronger by the minute. I need my Star Wars fix soon.

Okay, see you later. Gotta run!

S.G. Basu is an aspiring potentate of a galaxy or two. She plots and plans with wondrous machines, cybernetic robots, time travelers and telekinetic adventurers, some of whom escape into the pages of her books. Once upon a previous life on planet Earth, S.G. Basu trained to be an engineer, and her interest in science and her love of engineering shows up time and again in her books.

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