Before Solo is released, how much of Han Solo's past before meeting Luke and Obi-Wan in Mos Eisley is canon? There are some pieces that are mentioned in The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi, but how much was Legendified and hasn't been re-canonized? For instance:

  • We know he won the Millennium Falcon from Lando. But do we know it was a game of Sabacc?
  • Do we know how he and Chewy met? Is the "life debt" even canon, or is their exact relationship a mystery?
  • We know Han dumped some cargo of Jabba's, do we know what it was? Is Spice canon?
  • The Force Awakens made it sound like the "parsecs" part of the Kessel Run wasn't just Han trying to use space words to impress a farm boy. Is the navigating-hyperspace retcon canon?
  • The first 3 questions are answered in the novels that came out in the 80's, but I don't think they have been deemed canon.
    – JohnP
    Commented Jan 18, 2018 at 16:12
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    Why are people still hung up on the definition of parsec? It was a bad translation in the original documentary, that's all it was. It makes perfect sense if you read it in the original Klingon. ;)
    – n_b
    Commented Jan 18, 2018 at 16:14
  • Wookiepedia deems the Del Rey novels as a "resource" - "All novels, junior novels, reference books, sourcebooks, and other books published prior to the Lucasfilm declaration of April 25, 2014"
    – JohnP
    Commented Jan 18, 2018 at 16:16
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    The life debt is canon - it's even the name of the second canon "Aftermath" book in which Han and Chewie play a role
    – NKCampbell
    Commented Jan 18, 2018 at 16:38
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    Spice is canon--C-3PO mentions "the spice mines of Kessel" in ANH--but I don't know if that was Han's cargo for Jabba in canon. Commented Jan 20, 2018 at 22:31

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In Legends, Solo was born on Corellia, which seems to be the case in the new canon as well.

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LOCATIONS: Mos Eisley Spaceport, Corellia

The Sabacc game is also still canon, according to Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know.

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Han didn't buy the Millennium Falcon. He won the ship from Lando Calrissian, who bet the Falcon in a high-stakes game of Sabacc!

As is the spice backstory.

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After smuggler Han Solo jettisoned a shipment of Jabba's spice before being boarded by an Imperial patrol, Jabba demanded compensation...

And Wookiee life debts are still canon, including Chewbacca's.

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Han Solo and Chewbacca have an unbreakable bond. Their friendship started because of a Wookiee life debt, but I believe Chewbacca would stay by Han’s side even without that obligation hanging over his furry head.

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    You might want to mention that the dice seen in The Last Jedi are established to be the "chance cubes" he used to win the Falcon
    – Valorum
    Commented Jan 29, 2018 at 23:36
  • Nicely done. Can you make the source of all of these screenshots clearer? Do they all come from Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know, or just the first one?
    – Plutor
    Commented Jan 30, 2018 at 15:50
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    @Plutor The sources are all linked in the statements. The other screenshots come from the official Star Wars website.
    – Rogue Jedi
    Commented Jan 30, 2018 at 17:02

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