This Video Chronicles the History of Luke Skywalker’s Lightsaber


Is this further proof that Rey is the offspring of Luke Skywalker?  YouTuber Christopher Sherwood has created a video diary of sorts, compiling various film clips to catalogue the history of Luke’s lightsaber as it changes hands through the seven saga films.

It’s perhaps the most important relic in the bottomless well of Star Wars lore.  Luke Skywalker’s blue lightsaber traveled through three generations and countless planets before it was summoned from the snow, streaked through the frosty air of Starkiller Base past the dodging head of Kylo Ren, and found its new home in the outstretched hand of Rey.  Watch the video of its history below:

The question of how Maz Kanata came into possession of the lightsaber will linger on at least until the December 2017 release of Star Wars: Episode VIII.  Maz, who assured Han Solo it was a story for another time in The Force Awakens, is ostensibly the only person with the answer.

Originally the weapon of Anakin Skywalker, it was collected by Obi-Wan Kenobi following their duel on Mustafar in Revenge of the Sith.  Obi-Wan served as its curator for roughly 20 years before passing it along to Luke in A New Hope.  It was then lost to the depths of Cloud City, alongside Luke’s severed hand, following his first encounter with Darth Vader.  After its re-emergence at Maz’s castle, it was briefly wielded by Finn before ending up in the possession of Rey.

Though questions of Rey’s lineage are still being debated, her connection with the lightsaber is pointed evidence that supports the theory that she is indeed the daughter of Luke.  As Maz describes, “That lightsaber was Luke’s and his father’s before him, and now it calls to you.”

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Rey’s offering of the lightsaber to Luke on Skellig Michael island raises another interesting question.  Will Luke reclaim ownership of the saber?  Or will he symbolically pass it on to Rey?  Either scenario would result in the creation of a new lightsaber, which is an enticing notion when you consider the buzz that Kylo Ren’s cross-guard saber created in it’s debut.  We can only hope that Star Wars: Episode VIII answers these questions next December 15th.