Star Wars has just explained how Obi-Wan Kenobi's was able to distract the Tusken Raiders in A New Hope. The first Star Wars film introduced viewers to Obi-Wan Kenobi, a Jedi Knight who lived in seclusion on the planet Tatooine. A hero of the Clone Wars, Obi-Wan was sought out by Bail Organa at the time of the Rebellion's greatest need.
And yet, for all Kenobi has been consistently treated as one of the best duelists and most powerful Jedi in Star Wars history, his actual introductory scene is rather odd. He arrives when Luke Skywalker is in desperate danger, about to be killed by Tusken Raiders. Rather than swing a lightsaber, Obi-Wan settles for issuing a sound like the cry of a Krayt Dragon, and the Tuskens flee in fear. It's an effective strategy, immediately demonstrating that Jedi may be proficient at combat but they're also wily. But just where did Obi-Wan get such a strange idea from?
The answer has been revealed in George Mann's Star Wars: Myths & Fables, a collection of in-universe legends; and, like any legend, there's a grain of truth to these tales. One is a Tatooine myth of a Tusken tribe who had settled in one area, but were plagued with attacks from a Krayt Dragon. The Krayt Dragon began by eating their livestock, and then preyed upon their children. The Tuskens desperately attempted to drive it off, to no avail, and ultimately began raiding nearby villages in order to take people to sacrifice. The legend tells of a retired knight with a laser blade who lived on Tatooine at the time, guarding a secret treasure - it's clearly Obi-Wan Kenobi, standing watch over Luke Skywalker. Kenobi deliberately manipulated events so he became the next sacrifice, and then tamed the Krayt Dragon. That done, he warned the Tuskens that they would be held responsible for their actions, and then went on his way.
All the details in this legend correspond perfectly with Obi-Wan Kenobi, which makes it highly likely that something like this really did happen. It's reasonable to assume that Kenobi's real motives for getting involved were a little more complex; while he no doubt did care about the missing people, he'd probably also have been concerned that the Tuskens could raid the Lars Homestead and take the young Luke Skywalker as one of their sacrifices. Thus this threat had to be neutralized in order to keep Luke safe. The strategy is typical Obi-Wan, eschewing combat in order to deal with the Krayt Dragon and the Tuskens through skillful diplomacy. And - significantly - when this was over, Obi-Wan would know the cry of a Krayt Dragon, and would be aware of its impact upon the Tuskens.
This is a smart addition to Star Wars lore, and it hints at the lengths Obi-Wan Kenobi had to go to in order to keep Luke Skywalker safe. This may set a precedent for the Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney+ series, which could easily reveal never-before-told adventures that Kenobi took part in while attempting to protect Luke. Meanwhile, the very fact that this is a local legend means that the details could be incorrect; the story could potentially be told again, in a slightly different form, without causing any continuity issues at all.
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019