Disney+’s Obi-Wan Kenobi miniseries has just premiered and people seem to be quite satisfied, despite a slow start. Ewan McGregor has finally returned to the role that made him famous and fans around the world are happy to have him back. But, McGregor has also raised some questions about his role in the new Star Wars miniseries. One of them is related to the scene where we see Obi-Wan Kenobi take his lightsaber out from the sand, but in the box, we see two lightsabers. In this article, we are going to tell you why Obi-Wan had two lightsabers buried in the sand.
Obi-Wan Kenobi, when we first saw him in the Original Trilogy, had two lightsabers. One of them was his own – the so-called Obi-Wan’s third lightsaber – while the other was Anakin’s original lightsaber, also known as the Skywalker lightsaber. When Obi-Wan defeated Anakin on Musfatar, he took his original lightsaber and kept it alongside his own. He would later give that lightsaber to Luke Skywalker, Anakin’s son.
The rest of this article is going to focus on the character of Obi-Wan Kenobi and the two lightsabers seen in the Obi-Wan Kenobi miniseries. You’re going to find out all the details about the two lightsabers, as well as why Obi-Wan had them in the first place in the Obi-Wan Kenobi miniseries. Be careful, though, as we are going to reveal a lot of spoilers in the upcoming paragraphs.
Why does Obi-Wan have two lightsabers in his possession?
If you remember the scene where Obi-Wan decides to go and save Leia, he leaves for the desert in order to retrieve his lightsaber from the sand. But, at one point, when he opens the box, we see that it contains two lightsabers. For those of you that have not followed the Original and Prequel Trilogies too well, this might have come as a surprise, but it is actually not.
Namely, if you remember the Original Trilogy, you’ll know that Ben Kenobi had two lightsabers with him. One of them was the one he gave to Luke Skywalker as his first lightsaber, and the other one was his own, as seen during the duel with Darth Vader on the Death Star. Now, if we go back to the duel on Mustafar in which Obi-Wan Kenobi defeated Anakin Skywalker and left him for dead, we’ll remember that Obi-Wan does, indeed, take two lightsabers with him. As we have said, one was his own.
Obi-Wan Kenobi’s third lightsaber was the third and final lightsaber built and wielded by Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi during the Clone Wars after losing his second prior to the First Battle of Geonosis. He would eventually use this lightsaber to battle his fallen apprentice Darth Vader on Mustafar, and would continue to wield the weapon during his 19-year exile on Tatooine until his death at Vader’s hands during their rematch on the Death Star. Obi-Wan’s second apprentice, Luke Skywalker, would later use this weapon’s design as the basis for the construction of his second lightsaber.
Unlike a simple design like Obi-Wan’s teacher’s sword he had built earlier, the new weapon was “bigger” in design. The emitter was separated from the handle by a bronze and brass focusing core and a block of crystalline lenses. Directly above this thin panel was a black pointed hilt that occupied the central third of the hilt. It had a lever-style activator, like Anakin’s sword.
The belt mount was black and held onto a fitted sword extension next to the power pack. And finally, the chrome-plated emitter sealed the handle. The characteristics of the sword resembled the old Kenobi swords. During Ben Kenobi’s banishment, the sword is adjusted piece by piece so that the pieces are black.
He also wrote down the instructions for building a lightsaber in a journal. They are based on the design and layout of Ben’s sword, so all swords built using the instructions had an identical look, such as Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber.
Who does the second lightsaber belong to in Obi-Wan Kenobi?
As we have said, the second lightsaber is the one that Ben Kenobi would, years later, give to Luke Skywalker, telling him it was his father’s. And, Ben did not lie. The Lightsaber in question is, indeed, the famous Skywalker lightsaber, owned initially by Anakin, then by Luke, and then, ultimately, by Rey (although she was not a Skywalker herself, but eh…).
The Skywalker lightsaber, also known at various times as Anakin, Luke, and Rey’s lightsaber, or simply as Rey’s lightsaber in later years, was a blue-bladed Jedi weapon built by the Jedi Knight and Chosen One. Anakin Skywalker during the fall of the Galactic Republic.
Built as a replacement for Anakin’s first lightsaber, the Skywalker lightsaber was wielded by its creator during the Clone Wars and after Anakin turned against the Jedi Order by joining the Sith Lord Darth Sidious. In the hands of a Sith, the newly anointed Darth Vader, the Skywalker lightsaber was used to fell numerous Jedi, including Padawans and Jedi younglings during the attack on the Jedi Temple on Coruscant. He then massacred the leaders of the Confederacy of Independent Systems on Mustafar.
The saber would later be claimed by the Jedi through Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin’s Jedi Master who defeated his fallen apprentice in a lightsaber duel. Kenobi kept the lightsaber on Tatooine for almost two decades until he gave it to Anakin’s son, Luke Skywalker.
Opposing the reign of the Galactic Empire, Luke wielded his father’s lightsaber during his tribulations during the Galactic Civil War, fighting for the Alliance to Restore the Republic and training to become a Jedi Knight. However, Skywalker’s lightsaber was ultimately lost on Bespin when its original owner, Darth Vader, amputated his son’s hand during their duel on Cloud City.
Though Luke forged a replacement of his own, the lightsaber his father built would fall into the possession of Maz Kanata, who kept the Skywalker family heirloom in her castle on Takodana.
The Skywalker lightsaber resurfaced during the New Republic Era, when he summoned the scavenger Rey through the Force. The lightsaber showed visions of past events, such as the destruction of Luke’s new generation of Jedi. It also showed appearances to Rey from the Knights of Ren, including her master and Rey’s future enemy, Kylo Ren.
Though Kanata urged Rey to take possession of Skywalker’s lightsaber, the scavenger refused and fled, hoping to return to her homeworld of Jakku. Kanata then gave the lightsaber to Finn, a renegade stormtrooper who defected from the First Order, during the Battle of Takodana. The former soldier took the lightsaber with him on a mission to Starkiller Base.
Ren, who was the grandson of Anakin Skywalker, believed that Skywalker’s lightsaber was his birthright and attempted to claim it after slashing Finn with his lightsaber crosswise. However, it was Rey who took the weapon and, harnessing the power of the Force, defeated Ren in single combat. After locating Luke on Ahch-To, Rey presented the Skywalker lightsaber to its previous owner, who threw it off a cliff.
Disillusioned by his failure to restore the Jedi Order, Luke rejected his ancient lightsaber and Rey’s plea to aid the Resistance. He was retrieved by Rey, whose scavenging instincts led her to claim him as her own. The ancient saber was split in half when Rey and Ren fought for it aboard the Supremacy.
Taking advantage of her growing knowledge of the way of the Jedi, Rey reassembled the shattered pieces of her to make Skywalker’s lightsaber whole again. He was brought into battle one last time by Rey and a redeemed Ben Solo, who teamed up against the reborn Sith Lord Darth Sidious. In the aftermath of the conflict, Rey buried the Skywalker lightsaber alongside Leia’s lightsaber on Tatooine, the desert world where Anakin and Luke were raised.