Before the Prequels, my favorite planet was Endor. I remember there being a lot of speculation about Alderaan because of Leia’s love for it…but I liked the forest moon of Endor. There’s something so majestic about towering trees and I loved that the Ewoks lived high up in them.
But when the Prequels came out, I immediately fell in love with Naboo. The beautiful Theed palace that stands on cliffs with waterfalls, the architecture that reminds me of ancient Italy, the meadows that sprawl out and are surrounded by even more waterfalls, and the lakes of serenity…how can you NOT fall in love with this planet?
This planet is the Star Wars version of Rivendell. It’s stunning, peaceful, and I want to live there. Forget Endor. I think the constant trees would bore me after viewing a place like Naboo.
One of my favorite tracks from TPM’s soundtrack is Queen Amidala and the Naboo Palace. It’s a deep, almost haunting track, that adds seriousness to what looks like a light, beautiful planet. It gives you hints that things on Naboo might not be as it seems – despite it’s beauty.
Here are some interesting facts about the planet that you may not have known:
- There is no molten core in the planet – when Boss Nass tells Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan that they need to go through the planet core, he was being serious (I always thought they traveled alongside it or something). The core was made up of rocks with tunnels of water and caves.
- The Gungans are the original inhabitants of Naboo, not the humans.
- Naboo is a peaceful planet; the citizens don’t care for war and try not to get involved in war.
- Naboo is ruled by a monarch, but the government system is a monarchy and democracy. Their monarch has term limits, similar to our presidency.
- Their citizens generally prefer to elect young women, believing they had a childlike wisdom that adults lack.
As a fun, side fact about my life, we live close to MIT…and whenever my brother and I would drive by it in the car with my parents, we would point to it and call it Theed, because they have a dome top on one of their buildings that reminded us of the palace.
One year, MIT students decided to make the top of the building that we called Theed look like Artoo’s dome head. It was amazing and very fitting for our nickname of the building.