According to Making Star Wars, a hub for accurate Star Wars spoilers, Luke Skywalker carries some special gear in The Last Jedi.
SPOILER WARNING: This article contains potential spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Making Star Wars has always been a great source for spoiler-y details of the new Star Wars movies. Now their editor-in-chief, Jason Ward, says that Luke Skywalker carries some interesting gear in this year’s Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi.
First, Ward says that Luke carries a compass:
"“The compass is a box with a blue marble-like orb on the top. I believe Luke Skywalker moves his hand over the blue orb and the box opens up to reveal the compass inside the box. The interior of the box has metallic dials with Aurebesh writing inside denoting some “space” version of North, South, East, and West with a needle to point the way.”"
It’s curious that Luke carries a compass. We know from the first trailer for The Last Jedi that physical paper books are also an important part of the film’s plot. It appears that Luke is not just looking for the first Jedi Temple; he’s utilizing some of the objects from that ancient era as well.
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Ward wonders if the compass is a normal one or if its purpose is to lead the user to a specific location. The latter idea reminds me of Jack Sparrow’s compass in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean film series: it always points toward whatever the user wants most. Maybe Luke is trying to find something and this compass is leading him to it. On the other hand, it could just be a regular old compass. I’m sure one would be quite useful when navigating the waters of Ahch-To (the name of the planet where Rey finds Luke in The Force Awakens).
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Luke also wears an orange backpack, which Ward says reminds him of the X-wing-inspired backpacks (like this one). Luke’s comes with netting which contains some kind of wood or grass. Ward suspects the wood or grass is either kindling for fire or nest material for some creatures called the porgs (read about those here).
Finally, Luke carries a walking stick/electric prod. Ward says it looks like “something you would just casually zap a pest with.” Apparently, he learned a lot more from Yoda than just how to use the Force.
Whatever Luke is doing on Ahch-To, he apparently arrived with the intention of staying there awhile. If Ward’s sources are correct, Luke has gathered quite a stock of unique and specialized supplies for himself. Hopefully, we will see and learn the purpose of all of them when Star Wars: The Last Jedi premieres on December 15, 2017.