Did Luke Skywalker find and use the crystal in Qui-Gon Jinn's lightsaber?

07 October 2023

Qui-Gon Jinn's green lightsaber is an iconic weapon that first appeared in "Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace." The Jedi Master wielded it with skill and precision until his tragic duel with Darth Maul on Naboo, where he was fatally impaled. 

After Qui-Gon's fall, his Padawan, Obi-Wan Kenobi, took up the green lightsaber to continue the fight. In a moment of poetic justice, Obi-Wan used Qui-Gon's lightsaber to defeat Maul, slicing him in half and seemingly avenging his master's death. 

The weapon, thus, served as a symbol of the unbroken chain of mentorship and the enduring spirit of the Jedi.

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After the events of "Revenge of the Sith," Obi-Wan took on the role of a guardian, watching over Luke Skywalker on Tatooine. During this period, it's plausible that Qui-Gon's green lightsaber was kept by Obi-Wan as a memento of his late master and as a secondary weapon.

 In "Star Wars Rebels," Obi-Wan faces off against Maul once again, but this time, he uses his own blue lightsaber to deliver the final blow. The green lightsaber is not shown, but its absence raises questions. Did Obi-Wan keep it hidden in his desert abode, or did he dispose of it to sever ties with his painful past?

Fast forward to "Return of the Jedi," where Luke Skywalker wields a new green lightsaber. The origins of this weapon are not explicitly detailed in the films, but it's a tantalizing possibility that Luke could have found Qui-Gon's lightsaber after Obi-Wan's death in "A New Hope." Tatooine is a vast desert, but the proximity of Luke and Obi-Wan's residences makes this theory plausible. Luke could have used the Kyber crystal from Qui-Gon's lightsaber to construct his own, thereby unknowingly continuing the legacy of Qui-Gon Jinn. 

This could be backed by the deleted Return of the Jedi scene which shows Luke building his own saber in a cave on Tatooine before he gives it to R2D2 before they begin the rescue of Han Solo

This would add another layer of depth to the Star Wars saga, linking the prequels and the original trilogy in a subtle yet profound way.

The above and all is a nice bit of Star Wars speculation, something the fanboys and girls have been wondering for years since The Phantom Menace was released.

The reality is that the green was chosen is it looked better against the Tatooine desert than the blue sabers when viewed on the silver screen. So this is classic Star Wars - trying to find a reason in the plot for something that was probably never considered by George Lucas at all!


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