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?