Hutt (Star Wars)

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The Hutts are a fictional alien species in the Star Wars franchise. Hutts are rotund, voracious and grotesque-looking slug-like creatures with a predisposition to being involved as leaders in organized crime. The most famous Hutt and the first to be depicted, from whose design template that later used for other members of the race is derived, is Jabba the Hutt, who appears in the films Return of the Jedi, the Special Edition release of A New Hope, and The Phantom Menace. Both Jabba and numerous other Hutts additionally feature in various works of the Star Wars expanded universe, which greatly elaborates on their kind's history, culture and role in galactic society at large.

Portrayal in the Star Wars universe[edit]

Appearances[edit]

A Hutt first appeared in the film Return of the Jedi (1983), and was designed by Phil Tippett.[1] Jabba the Hutt is a crimelord that keeps an imprisoned Han Solo as a trophy.[2] He reappeared in a deleted scene that was completed for the Special Edition of A New Hope in 1997. In The Phantom Menace (1999), Jabba appears alongside Gardulla the Hutt, the original owner of main character Anakin Skywalker and his mother, Shmi. She is explained as having lost them while betting with junk dealer Watto, and reappeared in The Clone Wars episode Hunt for Ziro.[3] Jabba's infant son Rotta is featured in the The Clone Wars film; other Hutts feature in the series.

Ecology[edit]

Adult Hutts are similar to shellless gastropods in appearance and movement. In the novelization of Return of the Jedi, it is mentioned that Hutts are born bipedal, but their "rump legs" fused together over time due to lack of movement. Hutts are extremely long-lived and reproduce asexually, nursing their young in pouches like those of marsupials. All members of the species are hermaphroditic.

Economy[edit]

Hutt Space[edit]

Hutt Space is a "special autonomous region" of the Star Wars galaxy on the border between the Mid Rim and the Outer Rim Territories, and located to the galactic east of the Core Worlds. It encompassed the Si'Klaata Cluster, bordered on the Tion Hegemony, and consisted of a thousand inhabited worlds. Hutt Space was named for the Hutt species, who dominated the region.

Hutt Space remain freed of Imperial rule owing to its trade of wealth, influence and cooperation with the authorities on Imperial Coruscant. Noted as being a haven of corruption, piracy, and home to the disreputable elements of the galaxy, the Galactic Empire considered Hutt Space an "open festering wound" carved across Imperial space.

Hutt Cartel[edit]

The Hutt Cartel was a loose confederation of criminal families, mercenary elements, and front organizations. The Hutt Cartel were financially invested in every illicit enterprise in the Outer Rim; engaged in spice smuggling, slavery, gambling, extortion, and bounty hunting. The nature of this consortium prohibited any strong central authority.

Culture[edit]

Nal Hutta[edit]

Hutts live on the planet Nal Hutta—"Glorious Jewel" in Huttese. Nal Hutta is the capital of Hutt Space, the species' empire. The primary moon of Nal Hutta is Nar Shaddaa. Before the establishment of the Old Republic, the Hutts were the dominant species in the galaxy, although they never built up an extensive empire; their dominance focused instead on trade and economic empires.

Grand Hutt Council[edit]

The Grand Hutt Council is the de facto ruling body of the Hutt species, and by extension, the highest authority in all of Hutt-controlled space. The Council was composed of the most influential and high-profile Hutt leaders, its members were responsible for the day-to-day affairs of Hutt Space. When dealing with a foreign power, they elect one of their own to act as 'Head of State'. Despite pretense of legitimacy, its kleptocratic-"government" reflected the corrupt nature of its enterprises, bring prone to instability as hutt families engaged in endless shadow wars against their rivals.

Huttese language[edit]

The Hutts' native language, Huttese, is a lingua franca of galactic organized crime.

The language is a constructed language, with many distorted English words, most having the same syllables as the English. Its phonology is said to be based on the Quechua language.[4] Non-Hutts also speak Huttese, including the Max Rebo Band, Bib Fortuna, and C-3PO.

Reception[edit]

Parodies[edit]

Due to Jabba's iconically hideous appearance, the image of Hutt species has been a subject of numerous parodies in popular culture, often invoking the creatures as symbols of gluttony/obesity, greed and corruption. Of particular note is "Pizza the Hutt" from the Star Wars spoof film Spaceballs.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Biography of Phil Tippett at StarWars.com. Retrieved July 3, 2006. Archived July 8, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Jabba the Hutt". StarWars.com. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  3. ^ "Gardulla the Hutt". StarWars.com. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  4. ^ Crit Minster, Paula Newton, and Ricardo Segreda, Viva Travel Guide to Peru: Exploring Machu Picchu, Cusco, the Inca Trail, Arequipa, Lake Titicaca, Lima and Beyond (Viva Travel Guide to Peru: Exploring Machu Picchu, Cusco, the Inca Trail, Arequipa, Lake Titicaca, Lima and Beyond), 26.

External links[edit]

  • Hutt in the StarWars.com Databank