Master Yoda is one of the most famous and popular characters from Star Wars. However, new research suggests that the character was based on a real being. An image which looks suspiciously similar to the famous Jedi master has been discovered in a fourteenth-century manuscript. Historian Damian Kempf discovered the image in a manuscript known as the Smithfield Decretals which was written in medieval France, probably between the years 1300 and 1340. Was Yoda a real person?
The image from the manuscript, which is displayed below, shows a green, humanoid character with large pointed ears. The character is seated and is wearing a long red robe. When looking at the image compared with a picture of the famous Star Wars character, the similarities are unmistakable.
The images from the manuscript were only uploaded to the internet in 2010, and so George Lucas could not have been influenced or inspired by the images unless he was previously studying historical manuscripts from medieval France.
Make-up artist Stuart Freeborn is crediting with creating the Yoda character. Freeborn created Yoda by mixing his features and those of the esteemed physicist Albert Einstein. Freeborn was also responsible for the design of other Star Wars characters including Jabba the Hutt and the race of small, mysterious creatures known as the Ewoks.
However, despite the known history of how the character of Yoda was created and by who, the discovery of this creature in the Smithfield Decretals has raised questions, particularly among the large base of Star Wars fans.
Interestingly, the manuscript also contains other creatures which bear an uncanny similarity with other modern science fiction characters. In another part of the manuscript, there appears a short, brown creature with, particularly massive ears. This character looks extremely similar to Quark, the Ferengi merchant from Star Trek, Deep Space Nine.
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