Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Younglings?

Anyone ever read about the term "younglings" - whether this is only used to refer to jedi padawans? I thought perhaps it referred to all children, but then remembered Anakin's scene after he slaughtered the sand people and he says "Not just the men, but the women and the children..." So there he uses the term "children" instead of the term "younglings." Any thoughts?

12 Comments:

Blogger flu said...

thoughts make my head hurt

August 17, 2005 11:57 AM  
Blogger Captain Typho said...

I think the term specifically refers to Jedi initiate children.

August 17, 2005 12:09 PM  
Blogger flu said...

which term? padawan, youngling, or children?

I think it's a bloo-purr

August 17, 2005 12:53 PM  
Blogger flu said...

*ouch*

August 17, 2005 12:54 PM  
Blogger Leia said...

I guess it's like "halfling" and "hobbit," they're both the same thing.

August 17, 2005 1:40 PM  
Blogger Jon the Intergalactic Gladiator said...

I thought a hobbit is a hafling, but a hafling isn't necceserily a hobbit.

August 17, 2005 1:55 PM  
Blogger Captain Typho said...

Oops. Sorry, Fluke.

I think the term youngling specifically refers to Jedi initiate children. I don't think they become known as padawans until someone takes them on as an apprentice.

August 17, 2005 2:10 PM  
Blogger flu said...

ahhhh...

August 17, 2005 2:28 PM  
Blogger Jar Jar Binks said...

Master Yoda has a whole class of Younglings, but each Jedi can have only one Padawan at a time. See?

August 17, 2005 4:04 PM  
Blogger Master Yoda said...

Did you know that "youngling" is not a made-up Star Wars word, but can be found in the dictionary?

According to The American Heritage Dictionary it means "A young person, animal, or plant."

There is another definition of the word in its Star Wars context found on Wikipedia, but it doesn't seem that authoritative to me.

I couldn't find an official definition in StarWars.com/databank, but that doesn't mean there isn't one.

Someone who reviewed Ep 3 suggested Lucas and his people used the term youngling instead of "children" to lessen the shock effect of Anakin murdering such young people.

August 17, 2005 5:06 PM  
Blogger Leia said...

That makes all the difference.

August 17, 2005 7:37 PM  
Blogger xt said...

(sneaks past SW blogs to arrive here)

Just had to say - come to think of it- Ouch. to that last sentence by Bill J. or Yoda. Whatever. if you replace "younglings" with "children", it sounds much worse. perhaps Lucas & co. should have left it in, because I think the effect is better.

also, I thought young Jedi, before they become Padawans, are called Initiates? Yoda's class is actually of Initiates and that 'youngling' can mean anybody really young? (Perhaps people use "younglings" for "initiates" because it has fewer syllables :P)

(sneaks out)

August 21, 2005 2:44 PM  

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