Before Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, there was Star Wars: The Expanded Universe (aka the Star Wars EU) which is now known as the Star Wars: Legends series.
It began with a trilogy of novels in 1991 written by talented author Timothy Zahn, and grew to encompass almost 400 books, computer games and comics that took place generations before the Prequel Series, during the Prequel and Original Series’, and after the Original Series.
For those of us who were very young children when Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (then just know as Star Wars) came out in 1977, the EU was all we had after Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, until the Prequel Trilogy was released in 1999.
The Extended Universe was mostly excellent, with the odd novel that should never have been published, and it pushed the saga in bold and sometimes unusual directions.
It gave us fan favourite characters Mara Jade, Jacen and Jaina Solo and their younger brother Anakin, it killed Chewbacca (and most of the Organa-Solo children) and gave us Ben Skywalker, the son of Luke Skywalker.
It sent Luke on a journey to rebuild the Jedi Order, and turned Leia into the leader of the New Republic and eventually a powerful Jedi Knight like her brother.
It took us to Tatooine on a mission to learn about Shmi and Padme, and it rebirthed the Emperor as a clone. It even gave us the wedding of Leia Organa and Han Solo.
It was an amazing series that was essentially swept aside when Episode VII was released in 2015.
This page is dedicated to exploring some of the major plot lines of the EU, and how they affected the Skywalker Family.
This page won’t go into extreme depth on the series because there’s just too much material. It will just focus on the big storylines as they pertain to Shmi, Anakin, Padme, Luke, Leia, Han and Kylo Ren (Ben Solo).
If you want to explore the depth and breadth of what is now called the Legends series, you can do so here, courtesy of the brilliant Wookieepedia.