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Eleanor Tremeer

[Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](tag:711158) presented us with many mysteries to try and solve before the next installment in the saga is released. The origins of the two new protagonists, Rey and Finn, are much discussed by fans. While Star Wars 7 could have dropped some hints about Rey's parentage, Finn stubbornly remains enigmatic.

Taken by the First Order at a young age, Finn spent his childhood being trained to become a soldier. Stealing children seems to be a successful recruiting tactic for the First Order, as it ensures their soldiers are indoctrinated almost from birth. But where did Finn come from originally? We might have finally found the answer to this question, thanks to the Polish magazine To & Owo.

Stolen Prince From A Forgotten World

According to To & Owo's write-up of The Force Awakens, Finn originates from a planet known as Artorias.

Finn in To & Owo magazine.
Finn in To & Owo magazine.

According to the translation by kurara123 on Tumblr, the text explains Finn's origins.

"Finn (John Boyega) - prince and excellent warrior coming from a wooded planet Artorias in the Outer Rim Territories. He served as a trooper in the armies of the First Order."

Artorias is indeed a wooded planet in the Outer Rim. It first appeared in the Expanded Universe comic Star Wars: Invasion, during the Yuuzhan Vong war plot line. And it's true that the planet was actually home to a character called Finn, but probably not the Finn from The Force Awakens.

Connection To The Expanded Universe

Many people have speculated that John Boyega's Finn was somewhat inspired by the character of Finn Galfridian, who featured prominently in Star Wars: Invasion.

Finn Galfridian and Luke Skywalker.
Finn Galfridian and Luke Skywalker.

Finn Galfridian was indeed a prince of Artorias, as well as a Knight in Luke Skywalker's new Jedi Order.

"Finn's training will not be rushed. I feel he has a role to play in what is to come. He must be allowed to reach his full potential."

Although the Expanded Universe now isn't canon, we know the Star Wars story group are using the EU as inspirational material for the new movies. After all, Kylo Ren clearly parallels Jacen Solo in his role in The Force Awakens. So is this report teasing Finn's connection to the EU character of Finn Galfridian?

Finn arranges transport from Maz Kanata's castle.
Finn arranges transport from Maz Kanata's castle.

While this is possible, it doesn't seem likely. Lucasfilm probably wouldn't reveal such an important plot point in a magazine, and it's possible that some wires got crossed while the writer was researching this article.

Finn's Origins In Episode VIII?

There are plenty of plot threads which [Star Wars: Episode VIII](tag:711868) could explore, so will Finn's origin story be one of them? As Finn was gravely injured at the conclusion of The Force Awakens, he didn't accompany Rey to seek out and presumably train with Luke Skywalker.

As such, Finn's potential storyline in Star Wars 8 is full of possibilities. He could join the Resistance to fight the First Order, or even return to the First Order's ranks to inspire a Stormtrooper revolt. In any of these stories, and any of the other possible plot lines, Finn could discover the mysteries of his past.

It would be fantastic to find out where Finn was born, why he was taken by the First Order, and who his family is. However, considering Rey was the one to experience flashbacks to her past in The Force Awakens, it's likely that the mystery of her origins will be a priority in Episode 8.

Rey, Finn, and BB-8 in the Millennium Falcon.
Rey, Finn, and BB-8 in the Millennium Falcon.

For now, all we have is speculation, and while the above report was probably mistakenly referring to Finn Galfridian, the possibility remains that Finn of The Force Awakens will mirror the EU character in his story.

[Source: To & Owo via kurara123 on Tumblr, Wookiepedia]


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