It’s a topic that has bugged ‘Star Wars’ fans ever since 1977 when ‘A New Hope’ was first released– why didn’t Chewbacca get a medal at the end? After all, Luke and Han both got one, while Chewie dutifully stood off to the side growling as the credits rolled.
While fans have been upset at the perceived slight, George Lucas actually recorded some footage that served as supplemental material way back in 1977, in which he explained that medals don’t mean anything to Wookies and that Chewbacca instead received a different tribute.
“Chewbacca wasn’t given a medal because medals don’t really mean much to Wookiees. They don’t really put too much credence in them. They have different kinds of ceremonies. The Wookiee Chewbacca was in fact given a great prize and honor during a ceremony with his own people. The whole contingent from the Rebel Alliance went to Chewbacca’s people and participated in a very large celebration. It was an honor for the entire Wookiee race.”
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