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Chybucca

Chybucca, as you can see, is an area of the A30 close by to Truro, but what many people don’t know is that the name was the inspiration for the character Chewbacca in the Star Wars films. George Lucas, who of course wrote the films, had a favourite uncle who lived in Mithian, near St. Agnes, and spent many summers staying in the area as a young man. The relatively strange Cornish name stuck with the young boy from Los Angeles and when naming his Star Wars characters, he struck on the idea of naming Han Solo’s giant wookie cohort Chybucca. However, producers insisted it be changed to Chewbacca as an easier name for American audiences to read and say. And so Chybucca became Chewbacca and a small corner of Cornwall finds itself forever linked to one of the greatest movies of all time.

Comments

  1. Dano says

    Super piece of Star Wars trivia, am I right in saying that Darth Vader originated from Porth Darth off the coast of Tregullable?

  2. Jim (one glove) says

    And what a lovely Cornish place Tregullable is too. However, I think you’ll find its actually spelt Tregullible!

    Have a nice day!

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