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Star Wars Legends Introduction

Discussion in 'Star Wars: Legends' started by Hard Case, Mar 10, 2017.

  1. Hard Case

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    Star Wars Legends, formally known as the Expanded Universe (EU), is the banner under which every story in the Star Wars universe (outside of the original six films and The Clone Wars TV series produced by George Lucas) now falls. Legends includes a plethora of novels, comics, and more – stretching across an impressively expansive timeline from about 30,000 years before The Phantom Menace to 136 years after Return of the Jedi.

    Splinter of the Mind's Eye by Alan Dean Foster (1978)
    (the first Expanded Universe story)​

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    On April 25,2014, Lucasfilm – now under the ownership of Disney – created the “Legends” banner for all works published prior to this date. The plan was to move forward with a unified “canon” that would essentially make every new story an official entry in the Star Wars movie universe. The goal was to avoid continuity issues in future stories and rectify past errors by rebooting the franchise.

    The 6 films and The Clone Wars TV series were from this point forward the only official entries in the history of Star Wars lore. Everything published after April 25, 2014 is now considered to be part of the official canon, on equal footing with the films themselves, and gone are the multiple tiers of canon that have muddied the continuity waters for years. Although the Legends material was officially licensed by LFL at the time of their publishing, they are no longer considered part of the fictional history to which future Star Wars tales are beholden to.

    Timothy Zahn's beloved Thrawn Trilogy (1991-1993)
    (first appearance of Grand Admiral Thrawn)

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    Certain events and characters that originally appeared in Legends material have since been brought into the official Star Wars canon via their inclusion in canonical stories, but the original tales in their entirety are still considered to be non-canon. Some of these instances include conflicts such as the Mandalorian Wars, the Hundred-Year Darkness, and Grand Admiral Thrawn.


    Star Wars Legends material encompasses novels, comics, video games, etc., and a pretty extensive timeline of these stories can be found here.


    For quick reference, here is the original Expanded Universe timeline of novels from Del Rey:

    Star Wars Legends Timeline.jpg


    Compare the above timeline to Del Rey’s official canon timeline below:

    Del Rey Canon Timeline.png
     
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    Woot!! Thank you so much for finally creating the Legends forum. This makes me so happy! :D
    I don't think I've ever actually read the first EU novel. Is it any good?
     
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    Yep I'm glad this thread has been set up to discuss the legends side of this franchise, Love the Last Command one.
     
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    It depends, there are some things that make me cringe but some people like it, maybe more for the memories than for the actual story content.
     
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    I have enjoyed the new canon more so overall. But there are some great stories and characters from the EU...and some bad ones as well. :)
     
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    Yep, and in my opinion it is awesome since the Legends books are still out there so if one wish to go back and read them they're still there for our own enjoyment. And we never know, there can be some other cool characters that could be canonised as Thrawn was!
     
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    Splinter was actually intended as a sequel to ANH, but later wasn't really ever considered canon, wasn't it? It's interesting to see the original direction Lucas thought the series might go- it's much more reminiscent of the old Flash Gordon pulps than the Empire ended up being. In fact, it almost seems like an episode of an old pulpy sci-fi show.
     
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    Here I was wondering if the Cantina had a section on the old EU, and here it is! It was and in many ways still is some of the best the franchise has to offer. I am pseudomotively mitth'raw'nuruodofied. Which is to say, I am glad too see this forum. :)

    I guess I can explain. When ships jump to hyperspace in Timothy Zahns books, they do so with a "flicker of pseudomotion", which is where I get the term "pseudomotively" which is my euphemism for "absolutely" or "positively". Mitth'raw'nuruodo, of course, is Thrawn's full Chiss name, so when I say Mitth'raw'nuruodofied, it basically means "floored" or "blown away". ;)
     
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    Legacy is definitely one of my favourtie eras.
     
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    Thank you! I want to delve into the EU for the first time .any recommendations? I thought about KOTOR Comics,revan novel,Thrawn Trilogy and Jedi Academy Trilogy.what do you think? @Grand Master Galen Marek?
     
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    Definitely the Thrawn Trilogy, I've heard the Revan novel isn't great but I'm looking forward to it myself but haven't gotten around to it. You should definitely read Splinter Of The Mind's Eye, if only for the fact that it was the first EU novel and a quick read. It has some problems and some canon issues but it has its moments. The short story anthologies like Tales From Mos Eisley Cantina and Tales Of The Bounty Hunters are pretty good and offer a variety of stories from a variety of memorable characters.
     
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    I'm fairly new to legends, but I decided to come to this timeline after I heard that KOTOR, The Holiday Special, and Tartakovsky's Clone Wars were non-canon.
     
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    Can anyone recommend any that stand out from that massive list of legends books.
     
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    The Thrawn Trilogy, The Darth Bane Trilogy, Revan, and Labyrinth of Evil.
     
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    Cheers will check these ones out ASAP.
     
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    Yeah StarWarsGaming, as far as I'm concerned the Thrawn Trilogy is the most entertaining and most vital EU work. It was the spark that brought Star Wars back from the dead (supposedly even giving Lucas the encouragement he needed to start making the PT) and that created the EU as we know it. Aside from a handful of books of varying quality in the late 70s and early 80s there wasn't much there. After the Thrawn Trilogy the books started down in an avalanche and many of them use the events/characters of the Thrawn Trilogy as a starting off point. I wouldn't read any EU until I've read the Thrawn Trilogy if I were you.
     
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    I lked the Thrawn trilogy but...the story is huge, a little bit boring sometimes. The most impressive thing in this trilogy is the creation of many classical (and excellent) characters as:

    Trhawn (of course) - my favorite
    Mara Jade
    Jorus C'baoth
    Fey-lya
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    Jacen and Jaina Solo
    Talon Karde...

    I enjoyed reading Kenobi.
    I also read The Crystal Star like 20 years ago but at the time I didnt like it too much.

    I read the comics of Shadows of the Empire too. It was ok but I need to read the novel someday.
     
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    Cheers I’m planning to read all legends book. Wish me luck lmao. It will be in no particular order and no time limit. I will check out these as some of my firsts as I’ve heard good things about these books. Cheers.
     
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    Picked up my first Legends book in a second hand book store today for £2. Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn. Super excited to finally start reading these books!
     
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    So what did you think of the book?
     
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