Monday, June 24, 2024

Ewoks, Insular Dwarfism, and #WookieesAreBugbears

Occasionally I google something and am surprised by how little shows up.  Sometimes I feel the need to put some thoughts down onto digital paper so that others looking for the same information may find some confirmation that their hypotheses are valid and worth exploring.  This is one of those times.

So...why aren't more people talking about the fact that Wookiees are Bugbears?

From HERE and HERE

On that note -- and also seemingly underrepresented in Google results considering that this has to have been discussed ad nauseam among Star Wars fans -- Wookiees and Ewoks are related, right?  And not just through the history of the Star Wars story (the intended Wookiees in ROTJ and all that)...but actually evolutionarily related, eh?  (It seems like it could be a textbook case of insular dwarfism, after all!)

And then since Bugbears are big goblinoids...maybe that means Ewoks are essentially forest goblins?  They don't necessarily match the goblin form in a lot of "standard" fantasy settings, but in multiverses where many approaches to the goblin are employed, they kind of make sense.  In Magic: The Gathering, for example, goblins demonstrate a wide range of phenotypes, including these from the plane of Tarkir:

As you may know, I love my speculation on the evolutionary relationships of fantastic humanoids.  I kind of like the way this fits.

So let's just get crazy with it...

Duloks are hobgoblins.

Gamorreans are orcs.

Wampas are yetis.

Quarren are mind flayers.

And probably on, and on, and on.

Let's get the DNA tests rolling, y'all.

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