I love Star Wars and I know a lot of other people do too, millions in fact, all across the world. Despite all the love, there’s still plenty of hate and anger. I’d like to do my part to remedy that malice with a little celebration of my own by highlighting things about Star Wars that bring me joy.
Each week I’ll discuss something different and topics won’t necessarily be related to divisive conversation. Instead, I’ll reflect on anything Star Wars that makes me smile. This week, I’m talking about lightsabers or light swords or whatever you choose to call them.
Lightsabers are a cornerstone of the Star Wars universe. Initially introduced to Luke by Ben Kenobi inside an unremarkable Tattooine hovel these bright blades have inspired countless imaginations both young and old. Lightsabers are both fantasy and medieval conjuring images of strange alien worlds and the old romance of crusading knights. It’s the perfect combination allowing a sense of comfort and familiarity yet also offering something new and exciting.
They come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Some are blue, others are red and then there’s the occasional but no less exciting purple. The shapes themselves can be elegant (Qui-Gon Jinn) to more dangerous (Darth Maul) to something with a bit more hubris. Darth Sidious what’s with all that gold plating?
Lightsabers are awesome. They imbue owners with a sense of power but also each one commands a certain meaning. Obi-Wan is wise and true while Ventress might be seen as someone who is angry but whose sabers reflect someone with a more refined palate. Every lightsaber means something different to its user much like the films themselves. And that’s great. That’s how it should be. There are so many different versions that there is most certainly one for you or two or three.
Now you can even buy them or build them and the beauty of these purchases is the wide range they come in. You can buy something on the cheaper side from places like Target or splurge on something more ornate like a Legacy Saber or build your own at Savi’s Workshop. The singular joy of making one’s own lightsaber is something worth treasuring and sure it’s expensive but what a fabulous experience. And that’s the joy of the lightsaber. It goes beyond simply holding one but to its personal meaning and the fun of making it yourself.
My personal favorites are too many to list but I do love Rey’s Reconstructed Saber. I love the idea of being able to rebuild yourself, taking the broken pieces of your life and finding hope. There’s so many wonderful metaphors tucked away in that blade. I love it. Elsewhere, I love Maul’s saber from Rebels and Ahsoka Tano’s blades from Clone Wars Season 7.
It started with Luke and old Ben and the joy of lightsabers will continue with the Jedi of the High Republic and to many more adventures awaiting us in the Star Wars universe.