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The History Of Mandalore Could Be More Important To 'The Mandalorian' Than You Think

Updated October 31, 2020 55.3k views14 items

While Mandalorian culture has only been hinted at during the big-screen Star Wars films, the recent arrival of The Mandalorian on Disney+ has kicked off a renewed interest in the fabled group of people from a galaxy far, far away. Thankfully, the Star Wars universe is much bigger than just a feature film franchise as there is so much lore to dive into - including Mandalorian history - that one could probably get an advanced degree in the subject. You can even find some of that lore in other shows like The Mandalorian.

Though everyone is wondering what's up with the widely popular "Baby Yoda," the titular bounty hunter and the galactic history of his enigmatic warrior race are just as interesting, and even feature some other notable Star Wars characters. If you were one of those fans who was delighted by the return of Darth Maul at the end of 2018's Solo, you might be glad to find he also has some stakes in Mandalorian history. Even Obi-Wan Kenobi appears in the story of Mandalore. And some fans might be surprised to learn that Boba Fett is not a true Mandalorian, but rather a bounty hunter whose obtained Mandalorian armor. 

From the Mandalorian language to the Old Republic Mandalorians, the history of Mandalore has seen its people face destruction and combat as well as peaceful resistance and, of course, an abundance of honor.

  • Mandalorian Clans Are Organized Like Crime Syndicates

    Mandalorian Clans Are Organized Like Crime Syndicates
    Photo: The Mandalorian / Disney+

    Mandalorian clans are essentially groups of seedy individuals who are organized in a pyramid-like style with a boss at the top lording over everyone, protectors under him warding off threats, and various members of the family under them. Similarly to the way the Corleones or the various "goodfellas" are organized, Mandalorian clans are not above using questionable tactics to get what they want, while simultaneously upholding a strict honor with those close to them.

    The Mandalorian clans are made up of contending crusaders organized in the fashion of crime syndicates; the main difference being the Mandalorians' warrior-like approach to conflict as opposed to illicit underground behavior.

  • Mandalorian Armor Was Invented To Fight The Jedi

    Mandalorian Armor Was Invented To Fight The Jedi
    Photo: The Mandalorian / Disney+

    One of the most notable and most memorable pieces of Mandalorian culture is their incredible armor. When Boba Fett introduced fans to the T-shaped visor, people understandably enjoyed and appreciated the new look. But the armor was actually created to fight the Jedi and their pesky lightsabers, once upon a time.

    Without the Mandalorian-Jedi War, fans of the original trilogy wouldn't have their favorite jetpack-wearing, flamethrower-wielding race of fierce warriors. The armor is made of Beskar metal which can withstand blasters and lightsbaler blows alike. It is also fairly agile and not too heavy, and it can last for hundreds of years. 

  • Mandalore Tried To Stay Neutral During The Clone Wars

    Mandalore Tried To Stay Neutral During The Clone Wars
    Photo: Star Wars: The Clone Wars / Disney–ABC Domestic Television

    The Mandalorian civil conflict ended mere years before the events of the Clone Wars and Mandalore, still in the stages of rebuilding and reformation, certainly could not handle any more fighting. Under the leadership of Duchess Satine Kryze, Mandalore attempted to take a stance of neutrality during this time of galactic unrest.

    Of course, conflict always happens to find a way to rear its ugly head. Kryze was not the only influential person on Mandalore and certain forces worked behind the scenes to drive the planet and its people back to the ways of old.

  • Darth Maul Led An Attempted Coup Of The Planet

    Darth Maul Led An Attempted Coup Of The Planet
    Photo: Star Wars: The Phantom Menace / 20th Century Fox

    Darth Maul operated in the shadows during the conflict between the clones, and he secretly spearhead a coup of Mandalore, wrestling power away from Duchess Kryze. His motivation was to create a foundation of power in order to enact revenge against Obi-Won Kenobi.

    Partnering with Pre Vizsla, leader of a splinter group on Mandalore, Darth Maul's Shadow Collective fought to overthrow the peaceful New Mandalorians. When Vizsla gained control of the planet, he betrayed the Sith and detained them. Maul, of course, escaped and ended Vizsla in a duel, taking Mandalore for himself and becoming a behind-the-scenes leader. 

    Eventually, Darth Sidious showed up on Mandalore and captured his former apprentice, leaving Madalore once again in the hands of its inherent warrior race.