THE JEDI ARE RARE
After seeing how massive and influential the Jedi Order seemed to be in the prequel trilogy, fans were surprised that during the lifetime of Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen), the Jedi became myths. Both Han Solo (Harrison Ford) in A New Hope and Finn (John Boyega) and Rey (Daisy Ridley) in The Force Awakens assume that the Jedi are nothing more than legend. But a part of the reason why people quickly believed that the Jedi were only myths was because at their zenith during the Clone Wars, there were only 10,000 Jedi.
While Star Wars fans are in a unique position, watching stories that focus on the Jedi and other Force users, the Jedi were not necessarily well-known throughout the galaxy, and the average person probably never crossed paths with a Jedi in their lifetime. Additionally, after Order 66, the Emperor worked to encourage these rumors and turn the Jedi into myth in order to erase their history.
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