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*Warning: This post contains potential spoilers for Rogue One*

Luke Skywalker's original lightsaber has been on an epic journey. Between The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and The Force Awakens (2015), it was lost, buried into the ethers of Cloud City, discovered by Maz Kanata, stumbled upon by and eventually returned to its owner on a mountainous hilltop in the dark depths of the galaxy.

Much like a jilted lover who moves on quickly, Luke didn't mope around after his loss, instead crafting a replacement in time for Return of the Jedi (1983). That replacement has presumably been with him ever since, pieced together with fragments obtained from vendors in the city of Mos Eisley.

But one mystery still remains; Force-sensitive rocks, known as kyber crystals, are the key component of a lightsaber, yet it has never been revealed where sourced his from. However, Reddit's slyfoxy12 has produced an exciting theory that Rogue One could hint at the crystal coming from a surprising (and slightly evil) source.

A Very Brief History Of Luke's Lightsaber

Luke's original blue lightsaber — the same weapon that was returned by Rey — was also a family heirloom, originally constructed by Anakin Skywalker during the Clone Wars. When Obi-Wan defeated Anakin on Mustafar, he also took the lightsaber, eventually giving it to Luke in A New Hope.

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Luke loses his hand and his lightsaber [Credit: LucasFilm]
Luke loses his hand and his lightsaber [Credit: LucasFilm]

Luke used the saber for a number of years, before losing it in Empire Strikes Back (along with his hand) during his fateful clash with . In the follow-up to that movie, Return of the Jedi, Luke then constructs his new, green lightsaber.

The theory suggests that, between events of both movies, Luke returned to the wreckage of the , and discovered a green kyber crystal which would go on to power his lightsaber. As surprising as it sounds, Rogue One makes those events seem highly likely. Read on.

The Death Star: An Unlikely Source For Luke's Lightsaber

First things first, the Death Star is powered by kyber crystals. Although not explicitly confirmed, the argument is compelling; in the canonical Clone Wars episode "Crystal Crisis," a giant crystal is transported to support an unspecified super weapon. The use of said crystals for evil deeds isn't a complete surprise, since Star Wars legend suggests the ancient Sith powered weapons in the same way.

On to to Rogue One, and the latest trailer included extra footage of the Death Star, which is shown firing a green laser. The plot centers around Galen Erso's work on constructing the super weapon, and it's unlikely to be a coincidence that his daughter, protagonist , is handed a kyber crystal in the form of a necklace.

Also, the Empire invade Jedah. Considering it is an unthreatening and highly spiritual location, what could their motivation be? Well, the small desert moon is also rich with all the resources needed to aid their evil plans, namely — kyber crystals.

The Return Of The Engineer

The Death Star in 'Rogue One' [Credit: Disney]
The Death Star in 'Rogue One' [Credit: Disney]

Joining all the dots together, it appears likely that during , the Empire, helped by Galen Erso, collected kyber crystals and used them in the construction of the Death Star. By A New Hope, the Rebel Alliance had the plans (which would include details of the crystals), making Luke Skywalker aware of their whereabouts.

After losing his original lightsaber in his battle with Darth Vader, Luke could've then travelled to the wreckage of the Death Star, safe in the knowledge that there would more than likely be an abundance of kyber crystals, the required component to create his own lightsaber.

Along with the theory that Rogue One could answer the debatable plot-hole relating to the Death Star's construction, this is another great example of how the anthology movie could potentially enhance our understanding of the main trilogy. With a month to go until its release, could we be due for even more interesting insights?

Rogue One is released on December 16, 2016.


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(Source: Reddit)


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