In this nearly 16-minute featurette, George Lucas, Ben Burtt, and Mark Hamill talk about the aim, origins and uses of the iconic weapon throughout the saga.
This lightsaber has been wielded by many Jedi and sith and was constructed by Anakin Skywalker after his original was destroyed. He created it after he became a Jedi Knight. It was brief stole by Count Dooku after a fight then it was stolen from him by Hondo Ohnaka. Anakin then managed to retrieve it once again. The lightsaber again briefly changed hands when Anakin entrusted it to his wife Padme, she later returned it. After being captured by General Grievous the lightsaber became part of the General’s collection. Anakin and Obi-wan broke free from captivity and Anakin retrieved his lightsaber once more and wielded it as he turned to the dark side as Darth Vader. It was taken from him after he was defeated by Obi-Wan Kenobi on Mustafar.
Obi-Wan Kenobi took the lightsaber to Tatooine and was in possession of it for 19 years before giving it to Luke Skywalker (Anakin’s son.) The lightsaber changed hands briefly once again, while Luke was incapacitated Princess Leia Organa took up the weapon to face it’s creator and her father, Darth Vader. Her lack of skill made her easy to defeat, but with the spiritual guidance of Obi-Wan, Luke came round and was able to defeat Vader due to a blunder on the Sith Lords behalf. During a later battle with Darth Vader Luke’s hand was cut off and it was lost, along with the lightsaber. The hand and lightsaber were later discovered and kept by Darth Sidious/Emperor Palpatine as a trophy.
6 years later Luuke Skywalker, a clone of Luke using genetic material from the hand, was armed with the lightsaber. The clone was killed by Luke and he then passed it onto his wife, Mara Jade, as a gift. She used it until her death at the hands of her nephew Jacen Solo. After Mara Jade’s death Luke retired the weapon and kept it in the Jedi Temple.
In the Star Wars Tales story line the weapon is wielded by an unknown Dark Jedi and then by Ben Skywalker, Luke and Mara Jade’s son. But the Star Wars Tales storyline is not entirely canon.
A) Mara was about ten years from being his wife when he gave it to her.
B) Give its not-at-all-canon-in-any-way nature, it’s possible that the Ben Skywalker in the Tales story isn’t Mara’s son.
C) This photoset is missing a picture, I think.
D) I hate that the fate of the lightsaber after Mara’s death is never mentioned in any of the novels. Seriously, no one thought to mention it until Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force?
No, this is a variation on a circle parry and a counter circle parry. Both are commonly taught in French and Italian style foil fencing.
A circle parry is when you avoid your opponents blade by moving your blade around theirs in a circle. A counter circle parry is circling around your opponents circle so that they can’t get their blade past to stab you.
When two fencers know each other well, this often happens. It becomes a game of chicken, it only ends when someone is willing to risk leaving an opening so that they can launch a different attack.
The foil version of this happens at least once a practice on my college fencing team. The only difference is that the blades are horizontal rather than diagonal.
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Learn, you must: When looking to broaden to broaden their horizons, some take up painting, others taking dancing classes - and others take up waving around a big glowing sword.
The class is the brainchild of Alain Bloch, a 32-year-old software engineer with a lifelong love of George Lucas’ epic space opera.
Roughly 25 people meet every Sunday in San Francisco for Bloch’s lightsaber classes, which cost $10 per lesson, and don’t require a trip to Dagobah.
Photos: Jeff Chiu / Associated Press
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Source: Los Angeles Times
Kitten Tests Working Light Saber
Notable kitten physicist Dr. Nibs is a big Star Wars fan. When he’s not researching dark matter and other deep space phenomena, Nibs tinkers with Jedi technology.
He had a breakthrough in his lab on Thursday when he succeeded in projecting a beam of solid, glowing blue plasma — essentially, the blade of the fictional light saber.
“We’re still a long way from making a weapon out of it,” says Sam Fairbanks, Nibs’ lab assistant. “But we’re one step closer. Hopefully we can generate a red one next. Those are way cooler.”
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