Fan Theory: From Master to Apprentice

So in Return of the Jedi we see a powerful Luke Skywalker who is very nearly a full-fledged Jedi Knight. The strongest evidence of his growth is the fact that he has built his own lightsaber. In a deleted scene we see him either completing or modifying it in a cave just before the droids depart for Jabba’s palace.

In the novelization of Jedi we learn that Luke returned to Obi-Wan Kenobi’s hut and it was there that he discovered a book which he used to properly construct a lightsaber. But the knowing how and having the components are two different things. The most critical part of constructing a lightsaber is the crystal.

The crystal also, by most sources, determines the color. So where the heck did Luke get a crystal on a mudball planet like Tatooine? Especially given how firmly the Empire kept stuff like that on lockdown.

What if Luke discovered something else at Ben Kenobi’s house? What if Luke discovered a lightsaber crystal? A green lightsaber crystal. Qui-Gon Jinn’s lightsaber crystal.

I know it’s just a theory, and the evidence could easily be dismissed as coincidental. I know George Lucas changed Luke’s lightsaber color from blue to green during production of Jedi to make it easier to see against the blue Tatooine sky. But still, I love the theory and it lends a kind of nice, subtle resonance with the prequel films.


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James Spahn is a life-long fan of all things Star Wars. His earliest memories are of sitting on the living room floor, watching the original film on Beta Max. He is a father, husband, and writer who has done extensive freelance work in the table-top gaming industry. He is obsessed with all things related to the Jedi and a total Luke Skywalker fanboy. Follow him @ObiSpahnKenobi on twitter.