**Star Wars: The Force Awakens Spoilers ahead! Please do not read on if you have not watched the film! You’ve been warned.**
In this post, I am looking to establish that the blue Lightsaber crafted by Anakin Skywalker, then owned by Luke Skywalker, and now possessed by Rey has a connection so deep to the Force, that it has a capable, thinking mind and that it forms a symbiotic relationship with the Force. Not unlike the Excalibur sword of King Arthur and the One Ring created by Sauron in The Lord of The Rings saga, the Lightsaber has an agenda and is seeking to bring balance to the Force. I believe that because Anakin Skywalker crafted this weapon, it has parallel power (Anakin being the strongest of all the Jedi). Recall that Anakin was forged by the manipulation of Midi-Chlorians from the Sith Lord Darth Plageius in Shmi Skywalker’s womb. In an immaculate conception-like fashion, Anakin doesn’t have a father, and Shmi tells Qui-Gon Jinn in Episode I: The Phantom Menace that she cannot explain what happened.
In this sense, I believe Anakin is so powerful that he inadvertently created a Lightsaber vastly more powerful than any ordinary weapon or Lightsaber. Much like when Obi-Wan Kenobi tells Qui-Gon that Anakin’s Midi-Chlorian count is “off the charts,” Anakin’s blue Lightsaber is off the charts so much so, that it is, in some small manner, self aware.
Let’s recount the history of the blade. Remember that Anakin had a very similarly shaped hilt in the Lightsaber he had throughout Episode II: Attack of the Clones. However, this Lightsaber is destroyed in the Droid Factory on Geonosis and Anakin uses a green bladed Lightsaber given to him in the execution arena shortly after, then continues to use this in his & Obi-Wan’s duel with Count Dooku.
A pivotal moment in the early life of Anakin’s second Lightsaber (and the one we are focusing on for this theory) is when Anakin and Dooku have a rematch aboard General Grevious’ ship in the first part of Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. Anakin has clearly taken his abilities to the next level, having graduated from Padawan to Jedi Knight. During the fight, Chancellor (soon-to-be Emperor) Palpatine is present. When Anakin gains the upper edge, he cuts off both of Dooku’s hands and catches Dooku’s falling curved-hilt, red Lightsaber. Dooku is on his knees now and Anakin possesses both Lightsabers, resting them in an “x” formation besides Dooku’s neck.
Anakin is clearly conflicted, as it’s not the “Jedi way” to kill an unarmed prisoner, despite the clear advantage it would bring the Republic if Anakin were to kill him. In the heat of the moment and with Anakin’s nature to be temperamental, he was leaning towards finishing off Dooku. Palpatine has been waiting for Anakin to step up and become his apprentice, patiently watching since Anakin left Tattooine. He pushes Anakin to kill Dooku and essentially take his place, much like he does (or tries to do) later on in Episode VI: Return of the Jedi with Luke Skywalker. Anakin’s blue Lightsaber is channeling the light and represents the light side of the Force. It is calling to him to ignore the temptation and overcome it. Ultimately not being able to overcome Anakin’s rage nor Palpatine’s dark chants, Anakin succumbs and executes Dooku. The Lightsaber was unable to influence Anakin and has lost one battle that ultimately brings Anakin one step closer to falling to the Dark side.
It is at this point that the Lightsaber has begun to doubt Anakin’s ability to directly destroy the Sith.
Fast forward to the latter part of Episode III and Anakin has unknowingly taken massive strides towards becoming Palpatine’s apprentice. After learning that Palpatine is the Sith Lord the Jedi have been looking for for over a decade, Mace Windu attempts to arrest Palpatine. Having nearly defeated Palpatine, Windu is ready to kill him when Anakin arrives. Anakin, believing he needs Palpatine to keep Padme alive, cuts off Windu’s arm, leaving him defenseless as Palpatine strikes him with Force lightning and kills him. Anakin sits down and drops the now seemingly heavy Lightsaber, knowing he has just made a huge mistake.
The Lightsaber seeks to get away from Anakin, knowing he is incapable of thinking clearly on his own, being clouded by the Dark Side of the Force.
Anakin’s first task as the newly minted Darth Vader is to go to the Jedi Temple and defeat every Jedi. Not only does Anakin kill a large number of Jedi Knights, he brutally murders a score of Jedi Younglings in the Council Chambers.
It is at this point that the Lightsaber has decided that Anakin is an unworthy possessor, as he is now Darth Vader, and seeks to find new ownership.
Vader and Obi-Wan duel on Mustafar, as Obi-Wan is tasked with destroying his former apprentice. Vader and Obi-Wan duel for a long period of time, across many different locations on Mustafar, including 2 or 3 near falls by Vader. Obi-Wan eventually finds the high ground, forcing Vader to pull off a high risk jump. Though Vader is arrogant and over confident, the Lightsaber is doing what Palpatine did to Anakin on Grievous’ Ship – it is taunting him, feeding him false judgement, false confidence. The Lightsaber wants to be lost. As Vader jumps, Obi-Wan cuts off his limbs in one fell swoop, leaving Vader to die.
The Lightsaber has accomplished its task and has found a new, if not temporary owner, leaving Mustafar with Obi-Wan.
Why would Obi-Wan pick up the Lightsaber? He has just found out that Padme is carrying Anakin’s child(ren), but it makes little sense that he would want to keep the Lightsaber as a relic or memento. However, the Lightsaber would be aware that Anakin has a child on the way due to his discussions in private with Padme.
The Lightsaber calls to Obi-Wan to be picked up and preserved, knowing that it can stand by idly until there is a strong enough individual that can accomplish the task that Anakin was not strong enough to handle (initially, at least) – bringing balance to the Force.
Fast forward twenty years to Episode IV: A New Hope. The Jedi are all but extinct and long forgotten. Obi-Wan Kenobi has been in hiding on Tattooine, keeping a watchful eye from afar on the young Luke Skywalker. It is the culmination and calling of the Force that brings Luke to Obi-Wan, through R2-D2‘s insistence on finding Obi-Wan. R2 finds a way to be sold to Luke’s Uncle and Aunt, though they chose to purchase a similar R5 unit named R5-D4. Why does R5 blow a gasket? Because the Force, working with and through all things, manipulates this, forcing R2 to be the only remaining option. Without R2’s sale to Uncle and Aunt, Luke doesn’t cross paths with Obi-Wan. At Obi-Wan’s hut after their run-in, Obi-Wan is called by the Lightsaber to be given to a young future Jedi with the genes, blood, and power of one former “Chosen One.”
The Lightsaber has chosen its next worthy owner in Luke Skywalker. It calls to Obi-Wan to be given to him, all these years later.
Luke is beaten by a Wampa, a beast that resembles a Yeti. Dragged unconscious to the Wampa’s cave, Luke is hung upside down. Waking up, Luke realizes he needs his Lightsaber to cut his restraints. The weapon is at least 4-5 feet away, well out of arm’s reach. It is here that Luke learns of his ability to call to the Force.
The Lightsaber, sitting in the snow, calls to Luke.
Luke quiets his mind and uses the Force to call the Lightsaber back to him, flying across the snow just in time to escape. Shortly after, Luke travels to Dagobah to meet Yoda and complete his training. During his training, the infamous cave seen takes place, which has been an ambiguous, never fully explained scene. It has always been theorized about and I am here to explain to fellow fans what truly happened during this sequence.
The cave on Dagobah is a place clearly steeped deeply in the Dark Side of the Force. What happened here to attract and acquire this power is not known, but that is the fact. As Luke enters the cave, Yoda tells Luke that he doesn’t need his weapons. The Lightsaber calls out to Luke, assuring him that he will need it. As Luke travels into the cave, a premonition occurs, very much like the one we see Rey witness on Takodana in Episode VII.
The Lightsaber is the one telling the story. It is warning Luke not to go down the same path that its previous owner did.
Luke sees Darth Vader and engages him in Lightsaber combat. Luke destroys Vader, only to see that beneath the mask is an image of Luke. This symbolizes that Luke will take Vader’s place as Palpatine’s apprentice if Luke strays from the path to bring balance to the Force. It is a warning. Much like Anakin taking Dooku’s place. The Lightsaber is telling Luke that he will be powerful, but that he must not take the quick and easy path.
Luke rushes to save his friends in Cloud City, abandoning his training with Yoda early. Luke fears the loss of his friends, just as Anakin feared the loss of Padme. Luke falls into a trap, as Vader is waiting for him when he gets there. The two fight for the first time in Lightsaber combat, as the former blade of Anakin Skywalker has not been this close to him since his defeat on Mustafar.
As the fight goes on, it is apparent that Luke is able to hold his own, despite his inexperience and Vader’s usual dominance. The Lightsaber realizes this, knowing that even though there’s a slight chance that Luke could overcome Vader, it cannot take that chance. In the final moments of the duel, the Lightsaber backs Luke into a corner, allowing Vader to cut off the very hand that was holding the blade.
It is at this moment, just before Vader cut off Luke’s hand, that the blade decided it has served its purpose with Luke and that it cannot use him any further in its quest to bring balance to the Force.
You see, if Luke were to summon the ability within him, if the Lightsaber had malicious intent (like the Ring of Power), it could have helped Luke defeat Vader right there on Cloud City, ending the Jedi’s hope of bringing balance. Instead, it abandons Luke, knowing it will need to go into waiting again for its next worthy successor.
In Episode VII: The Force Awakens, we meet our new protagonist, Rey. It is clear that she has some ties to the Skywalker family, as the film heavily implies and teases that she is either Han’s or Luke’s daughter. For this theory, it is irrelevant whether she is Han’s or Luke’s because she would have Skywalker blood in her regardless (if she is Han’s daughter, her mother would be Leia Organa, Luke’s twin). So lets assume that she is definitely one of the two, as we won’t be able to confirm until at least Episode VIII, if not IX.
As the Force moves, flows, and works through all living things, it is symbiotic as explained by Qui-Gon Jinn. In other words, it works with both living and non living objects for mutual gain.
The Lightsaber of Anakin/Luke and the Force work together.
Let’s start at the beginning. Luke is in hiding, having failed in building a new Jedi Order thanks to the fall of his apprentice, Ben Solo aka Kylo Ren. As Kylo begins the search for Luke at the demand of his new master, Supreme Leader Snoke, the Force knows that balance is again in trouble. A series of events, orchestrated by the Force, leads Rey to Han Solo, Luke’s long time friend and fellow member of the Rebel Alliance. Han and Rey are led to Maz Kanata, who is somehow in possession of the Lightsaber. When asked, Maz says that the origin of her finding the Lightsaber is “a story for another time.”
The Lightsaber, recognizing that darkness has risen again in the form of Snoke and Ren, needs to find its heir. It awakens, much like its symbiotic partner, the Force.
It calls to Rey as she enters Maz’s domain. She hears a mysterious child crying and screaming. This child is actually a flashback to 5 year old Rey being left on Jakku by her family – which we are still not 100% sure why this happened. But is that all? In addition to the cries of young Rey, is it possible that the Lightsaber is telling the story of its own dark history? Recall that one of Anakin’s first brutal, deeply disturbing acts of Dark Side violence was killing the Jedi Younglings with this very blade. Are there other younger children screaming too?
Much like the cave on Dagobah, the Lightsaber tells Rey a story. It is an intense way of meeting her, but it has no time to waste, as the greatest threat since Darth Vader is rising quickly. The story also shows glimpses of the Cloud City fight – showing the “escape” of the Lightsaber. We hear Luke scream “NO!” at the revelation that Vader is his father. We hear the Force ghost of Obi-Wan Kenobi call out to Rey with a subtle but precise “Rey!” You can also hear Jedi Master Yoda. A glimpse of Kylo Ren after his fall to the Dark Side is shown. A glimpse of Luke consoling R2-D2 before he goes into hiding is shown (**side note – when Rey comes across the Lightsaber in The Force Awakens, the chest it’s in has quite the resemblance to the chest that Obi-Wan possesses in Episode IV: A New Hope. This could possibly help to explain how Maz came into contact with the Lightsaber).
All of this because Rey touched the weapon itself, which is one of the two strongest points that supports this theory.
Rey runs, not wanting any part of her alleged destiny. The Lightsaber needs a vessel to get to Rey again, choosing her closest companion Finn. On Starkiller Base, Rey and Finn encounter Ren. Ren claims that the Lightsaber belongs to him, and one can’t wonder if it is just because Ren believes it is his rightful destiny to take up his Grandfather, Darth Vader’s mantle and rule the Galaxy. The other thought here is that the Lightsaber possibly came back into Luke’s possession briefly and was given to Ben Solo as his new apprentice. I don’t believe that holds any weight, but it is worth mentioning.
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As Finn and Rey engage with Ren in combat, Rey is quickly knocked unconscious by Ren’s Force abilities. Finn and Ren duel with their Lightsabers before Finn is defeated. The Lightsaber is thrown aside, out of arm’s reach, into the snow, not unlike it was on Hoth in the cave with the Wampa. Ren calls on the Force to call the Lightsaber to him. The weapon shakes but does not come to him immediately, as Ren is clearly struggling to obtain it.
The Lightsaber shakes because it refuses to go to Ren – it wants to go to its Master. Its new master, Rey. Its rightful owner.
This chilling moment is the strongest argument that supports this theory. It has a mind of its own. If the Lightsaber didn’t, why wouldn’t it have gone directly to Ren? Ren clearly called to it first. We have seen first hand on multiple occasions that Ren is strong with the Force, in part thanks to his heritage. The answer is this – the Lightsaber chose to go to its proper wielder, its rightful master, Rey. Despite having only touched the hilt once before, there is a natural chemistry and synergy between Rey and the Lightsaber. They were meant to be. She is the next iteration of “The Chosen One,” thought to bring balance to the Force. Much like Anakin was the most powerful of the Jedi of his time, Luke was of his, and now Rey will (presumably) be too. Whether that points to who Rey’s father truly is is questionable, but provides a good argument for Luke over Han.
In the closing moments of The Force Awakens, Rey is led to Luke’s hiding place at the First Jedi Temple. The Lightsaber, through all of its travel, its wear-and-tear, its intense battles, has found its way back to the only man who can help mold and craft Rey into Jedi-hood. What an incredible trajectory it has taken.
In essence, the weapon can be wielded by others, but never come close to its full potential without its rightful master or wielder. Just like Excalibur or the One Ring. It seeks to be with its master and manipulates people and objects to get what it wants. The Lightsaber of Anakin and Luke Skywalker, and now Rey, has one purpose – to bring balance to the Force through any means necessary.
With contributions from Pete Herr, Andrew Garvey, Jeff Pawlak, and TJ Luckman.