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Old 03-22-07, 10:05 AM
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How long ago did the Star Wars saga happen in Earth years?

It happened "A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away"

Would that be like in the 1800's Earth time? The Iron age?

Anyone know the SW universe well enough to answer?
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There's no indication in the films, since obviously nobody interacts with anybody on earth. "A long time ago" could be yesterday afternoon. Could be 1000 years ago.
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The car accident in 1954?

But, the story is told on earth as being 'a long time ago' and 'far far away' so theres the reference--to earth.

'yesterday' wouldnt work for 'long ago'
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I wouldn't overthink anything Lucas does.
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Pre-pyramids.
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Originally Posted by The Bus
Pre-pyramids.
That actually does make sense.
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Originally Posted by Save Ferris
It happened "A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away"

Would that be like in the 1800's Earth time? The Iron age?

Anyone know the SW universe well enough to answer?
You are attempting to quantify something that has no verifiable reference point. The Star Wars universe has a time line in and of itself that covers all the books and films. There is no way however to relate it to our measured history.
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Someone ask George for an answer. Then someone ask him in five years so he can give us a completely different answer. Repeat on and on until he claims he's actually had nineteen films written, all along, leading up to present-day earth being taken over by Wookiees.
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I bet one of the wookies in every scene would always be Chewie!

I think most SW fans take Lucas out of the equation though. If theres a logical answer, it would have little to do with what he says.
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There's no logical answer. It's just another way of saying "Once Upon a Time".
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Ginwen nailed it.
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FWIW, I believe this was originally inserted at the behest of the studio. At any rate, I still fail to see why it matters.
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well it would help when thinking about the series to know if Luke/Leia were long dead and buried with crumbled gravestones on some forgotton planet or not
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Sometime after the word 'Scottish' was first used as an adjective. You find that crazy typewriter, and you've got your kidnapper.
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What about the scene in "Attack of the Clones" where Padme (mmm... Natalie )
and Anakin are at the beach, and the radio is playing Olivia Newton John's "I Honestly Love You"?

That means that it's 1975 --FACT!

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They seem technologically advanced for a long time ago, and if it's a galaxy far away it has at least one planet very similar to Earth.
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Some time after the Old Testament era because 3PO & R2 appear as hieroglyphics in the Well of Souls (Raiders of the Lost Ark) meaning they visited earth back then.

FACT!!!
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Originally Posted by Ginwen
There's no logical answer. It's just another way of saying "Once Upon a Time".
Exactly. It was put in there to completely separate the Star Wars universe from out own.
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Ginwen's right

But just to play along, there's an American astronaut in the Cantina on Tatooine (ep. 4), I'm not sure if it's possible but you could try to zoom in on his arm and count the stars on the American Flag. That could give some indication of the time period. My guess would be mid to late 1970's.
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But where the hell did they learn English from!?!?
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I just love people who read threads like this and proceed to explain to the everyone that it's just fantasy or it doesn't matter. Give it a break guys and roll with the spirit of the thread.


Anyway, I've been asking the "How Long Ago" question for 29 years.

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1930's.


Obi Wan opened up a nightclub in Shanghai.
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Dagobah is really Earth a very long time ago. Luke even says something like "something very familiar about this place."
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It's not the modern day--otherwise Angelina Jolie would've adopted Luke & Leia

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