Despite being one of the most popular parts of Star Wars lore, much of the Jedi Order’s history and inner workings are still shrouded in secrecy. This is all the more surprising when you consider that the Jedi have played a central role in all seven saga films released so far (with the upcoming eighth film literally titled The Last Jedi) and were the guardians of peace and justice throughout the galaxy for thousands of years. Part of the reason for this may be that the movies don’t actually go very in-depth with the Jedi and their history, as they tend to be more concerned with depicting cool-looking lightsaber battles (not that we’re complaining!). As such, there’s probably quite a few things you don’t know about the Jedi and hopefully this list demystifies these legendary warriors a little bit!
Here are 12 things you didn’t know about the Jedi
12. Jedi Are Surprisingly Rare
It kind of goes without saying that Jedi were rare during Luke Skywalker’s time, since he ends up being the only Jedi left after Yoda passes away in Return of the Jedi, but even before Order 66 wiped out nearly all of its members, the Jedi Order was a relatively exclusive club. At its height during the Clone Wars, the Jedi numbered 10,000 strong, which seems like a lot until you factor in that the population of the entire galaxy was approximately 100 quadrillion (according to the Star Wars: The Essential Atlas guide). This means that Jedi made up an incredibly small portion of the population and also helps explain why they transitioned into myth in just a few decades’ time, as the majority of people likely never even met a Jedi, let alone knew they existed.