Star Wars EotE: A New Hope
A tall, loyal, friendly monster and daring smuggler!
Chewbacca (or “Chewie”, as he was known by his friends) is a Wookiee from Kashyyyk and co-pilot of Han Solo’s ship, the Millennium Falcon. The son of Attichitcuk, Chewbacca carried with him the name of an ancient Wookiee hero, the great Bacca, first of the great chieftains of Kashyyyk, and the creator of a sword that denoted leadership among the Wookiees. This name placed Chewbacca in a noble lineage, which is further supported by his role in the Battle of Kashyyyk during the Clone Wars.
Chewbacca is a cunning, independently-minded being of great strength and loyalty. As technologically savvy as the brightest Academy graduate, he is also a skilled mechanic. Chewbacca, like many Wookiees, is able to understand Basic, but can not speak it due to his species’s vocal structure. He instead speaks Shyriiwook, the main Wookiee language, composed largely of growls and grunts, to his non-Wookiee companions who typically replied in Basic.