Ever since fans got a glimpse of Boba Fett in The Empire Strikes Back, the Mandalorians have been one of the most enigmatic and popular people in any fandom. It didn't hurt that George Lucas later used them as a quasi-template for the Stormtroopers. In addition to the films, Mandalorians have been widely expanded upon in the prequels, various books, comic books, cartoons, and television series.
The Mandalorian people have a long history in the Star Wars universe. They've been at the center of numerous galactic events, including the Mandalorian-Jedi War. They had their own Mandalorian Civil War, which saw an upheaval of their culture and history explode across the planet of Mandalore, and they've been tied to the Darksaber since the weapon's creation.
Despite The Mandalorian being one of the most exciting and impressive television series of all time, there's still a lot the general fanbase doesn't know about the galaxy's most well-known bounty hunters. This list takes a look at the lore from as many sources as possible to uncover the things you didn't know about Mandalorians. Check them out below, and be sure to upvote anything you didn't already know about Star Wars' Mandalorians!
Tarre Vizsla Was The First Mandalorian Inducted Into The Jedi OrderPhoto: Star Wars Rebels / Disney XD
The people of Mandalore have a long history with the Jedi, and most of it isn't peaceful. Mandalore engaged in a bitter war against the Jedi, but that doesn't mean the people weren't Force-sensitive. In fact, Force-sensitivity can happen anywhere and to anyone, so when a Force-sensitive child named Tarre Vizsla was found living on Mandalore, the Jedi Order took notice.
He was inducted into the Order, becoming the first Mandalorian to receive the honor. Vizsla attained the rank of Jedi Knight, and according to legend, he was the one who built the Darksaber:
"I didn't know Mandalorians developed a type of lightsaber."
"We didn't. This was one of a kind. Legend tells that it was created over a thousand years ago by Tarre Vizsla, the first Mandalorian ever inducted into the Jedi Order. After his passing, the Jedi kept the saber in their temple. That was until members of House Vizsla snuck in and liberated it. They used the saber to unify the people and strike down those who would oppose them. One time, they ruled all of Mandalore wielding this blade."
Because his existence came so long ago, there isn't much more known about Vizsla outside the references made to him in the Star Wars: Rebels episode, "Trials of the Darksaber." He became a legendary figure in Mandalorian history and was renowned as a great leader who became the planet's Mand'alor — the sole leader of the Mandalorian people.Interesting fact?
The Mandalorians And Jedi Order Were At War With Each Other For Years
The Jedi may have billed themselves as Peacekeepers during the time of the Republic, but the Order's history is filled with conflict spread across the galaxy. One of the best known pitted the Jedi Order against Mandalore, and it was brutal. The war was broken down into several conflicts fought between the Jedi Order and the Mandalorians.
When the Mandalorian-Jedi War began, the Jedi weren't the early victors. Mandalorians were quick to adapt their technology to resist the Jedi, and these advancements remained long after the conflict ended. There's a reason Mandalorian armor is made of Beskar steel, as it's resistant to lightsabers. The use of flamethrowers is also widespread among Mandalorians because a Jedi has little recourse but to flee in the face of such a weapon.
As the conflict raged, the Jedi began to take the upper hand against Mandalorian crusaders. This was going on at the same time Mandalore was engaged in a conflict with the Old Republic, and it took a toll. As the fight began to edge toward the Jedi's favor, members of the House of Viszla reclaimed the Darksaber, using it to unite the clans, but it was too late. The Jedi scorched much of the surface of Mandalore in a great final battle, leaving the planet's surface largely uninhabitable as the Order claimed victory.Interesting fact?
Following The Mandalorian-Jedi Wars, Mandalore’s Surface Became UninhabitablePhoto: Star Wars Rebels / Disney XD
The Mandalorian-Jedi War nearly destroyed Mandalore. In the final battle that saw the Jedi literally scorch the planet's surface, most of the planet became uninhabitable. What was left was a white, hot desert with only sparse population centers remaining in large domed cities. Living out on the surface became impossible outside a dome, and the planet's moon, Concordia, was similarly scarred, as its surface was strip-mined for resources.
The surface of Mandalore never recovered from the conflict, and as a result, many Mandalorians held a grudge against the Jedi Order for generations. As a means of overcoming its violent past, the majority of Mandalorian citizens moved on from the conflict to embrace peace. Peace Park was built in the capital city of Sundari to try and move beyond the violence of the past, and a wave of pacifism took over the society, though some outliers remained.Interesting fact?
Mandalorian Society Is Comprised Of A Number Of Clans And HousesPhoto: The Mandalorian / Disney+
The people of Mandalore are divided into clans (families), each of which commands respect and power among the people. The clans are similar to political factions, and not every clan gets along with the rest. Numerous clans have been mentioned across Star Wars canon, including Clan Eldar, Clan Awaud, Clan Vizla, Clan Wren, Clan Rook, Clan Kryze, and Clan Mudhorn.
Whichever clan is in control of the government is protected by the Mandalorian Guard, which comprises members from every clan. Because much of Mandalorian society follows the lore and traditions of the past, whoever is in possession of the Darksaber is the one who commands all of Mandalore. Of course, this has caused numerous conflicts among the clans, as some have vied for power through the old means by engaging in war.Interesting fact?