11 Things 'Star Wars' Fans Probably Don't Know About Owen & Beru Lars

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Vote up the most interesting things you learned about Owen & Beru.

They don't have a ton of screen time throughout the movie series, but Luke Skywalker's uncle Owen and aunt Beru are hugely important to whom he ultimately becomes. They were fiercely protective of Luke and totally aware of all the pitfalls that led his father toward the dark side. Neither one of them was a perfect parent, but they gave Luke all the love he needed to grow into the hero he ultimately becomes in the original trilogy. 

Living on Tatooine may not seem like the most appealing choice, but Owen and Beru were dedicated to their farm and land, and their isolation proved crucial in hiding Luke from the Empire. Given their relatively minor roles in the story, many fans of Star Wars may not know much about their history, or whom they would ultimately become. Now that Obi-Wan is getting his own miniseries set on Tatooine, though, we may learn more about Owen and Beru. Be sure to vote up the most interesting things you learn about the couple. 

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    Luke Didn't Grieve Them Until After He Blew Up The Death Star

    Luke Didn't Grieve Them Until After He Blew Up The Death Star
    Photo: Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope / 20th Century Fox

    In the years since A New Hope, much has been made of Luke's pretty quick recovery after he discovers the only family he's ever known has been blasted to bits by stormtroopers. He and Obi-Wan pretty quickly head to Mos Eisley, and he seems largely unaffected. 

    Later, though, we learned Luke kept his grief bottled up until he felt he had a moment when he could express it. It was after blowing up the Death Star when his love interest Nakari Kelen had also perished that Luke allowed himself to grieve all three. It was a moment of unleashed emotion for the Jedi in training, who was already being told to control his feelings as much as possible. 

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    After Her Demise, Beru Sort-Of Became One With The Living Force

    After Her Demise, Beru Sort-Of Became One With The Living Force
    Photo: Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope / 20th Century Fox

    Although Beru was not known to be particularly Force sensitive while she was alive, we know in the moments after her demise, she was still conscious and able to recognize that both she and her husband had been slain. In the moments after her passing, she reflected on the role Luke had played in her life as she bargained with Owen to allow Luke to go to the Imperial Academy. 

    Beru further wondered if they would still be alive if Owen had let Luke go, and then reflected on other moments from her life. She was able to come to peace with the knowledge that Luke would go off with Obi-Wan and ultimately wipe out the Death Star. She didn't exactly become one with the Force, but she found something like peace after her passing. 

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    In Her Youth, Beru Wanted To Open Her Own Restaurant In Anchorhead

    In Her Youth, Beru Wanted To Open Her Own Restaurant In Anchorhead
    Photo: Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope / 20th Century Fox

    Beru didn't save the galaxy, but she did raise someone who did, and it turns out Luke probably ate some pretty good meals while he was living with his aunt and uncle. When she was young, Beru had dreams of opening a restaurant or cafe in Anchorhead, a small town on Tatooine that offered connections to other larger cities. 

    Beru wanted to open this restaurant because she took a cooking class while in school and a teacher said her blue-milk cheese was the best she'd ever tasted. Naturally, Beru recognized then she had a gift, and while she never got to open that restaurant, it's a dream she always aspired to. 

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    George Lucas Originally Planned For Owen And Beru To Be Anthropologists

    George Lucas Originally Planned For Owen And Beru To Be Anthropologists
    Photo: Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones / 20th Century Fox

    As many Star Wars fans likely know, the early drafts of the first film could often have significant differences from the film that was ultimately released in theaters. Although Owen and Beru aren't the story's most significant characters, they weren't originally moisture farmers on a desolate, desert planet. 

    Instead, they were going to be anthropologists based on Yavin, which would have likely made them into slightly less earthy characters. Ultimately, the versions of Owen and Beru we got were more fitting for Luke's origin story. They were kind people living a small life, and Luke was eager to push beyond the boundaries they had established for him. 

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    Luke Saved Owen’s Life After He Was Thrown Off A Cliff

    One of the goals of raising Luke on Tatooine was to ensure he was far from danger, but danger seemed to find him anyway. Before the events of A New Hope, Owen was captured by a bounty hunter who was looking for Obi-Wan, and although Obi-Wan showed up in time to save Owen, he was thrown over the edge of a cliff. 

    Owen was initially able to hold himself on a branch, but the branch eventually gave way, and he fell through the air. Obi-Wan tried to catch him with the Force, but he struggled to hold Owen up even as he dealt with the Wookiee bounty hunter. As a result, Obi-Wan eventually lost his grip on Owen, and it was only Owen's nephew flying by in a skyhopper that saved Owen from perishing. Luke caught him and saved his uncle's life. 

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    Owen And Beru Tried To Have A Child

    Owen And Beru Tried To Have A Child
    Photo: Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones / 20th Century Fox

    Prior to adopting Luke, Owen and Beru wanted to have a child of their own, but found they had problems with infertility. They briefly considered using the fertility droids available in Mos Eisley, but had not made this decision before Obi-Wan contacted them to let them know about Luke. 

    Although Luke was not their child, it's clear Owen and Beru often treated him that way. They raised him from a time before he could remember, and while they were honest about the fact they were his aunt and uncle, they were the only family he had until Leia and Darth Vader showed up. 

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