New Star Wars book reveals the hidden details of Leia’s lightsaber

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For such an iconic weapon, you never really hear too much about lightsabers. Rey’s own lightsaber was created off-screen in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (opens in new tab) and Rogue One (opens in new tab) only poked around at the edges of the weapon’s Kyber crystal origins. Now, a new Star Wars book is revealing the history of practically every lightsaber in Star Wars canon.

Described as “the definitive lightsaber guide,” Star Wars: The Lightsaber Collection is set for release this October and details all of the iconic lightsabers wielded in the original, prequel, and sequel trilogies, as well as in comics and video games.

It’s Leia’s lightsaber, properly introduced in Episode 9, that gets the preview treatment here thanks to io9 (opens in new tab).

As well as outlining the path the lightsaber took – from creation to leaving it with Luke on Ahch-To – the passage also reveals its design secrets, which perhaps tell us more about Leia than we knew before.

“Leia’s lightsaber is a work of art defined by elegant symmetry and silver and gold hues that evoke Leia’s royal upbringing on Alderaan. Curved metal grips are spaced around the midsection surrounding a crystal heart that projects a blue blade. The narrow neck and ringed emitter of the saber bear similarities to those on Luke’s green-bladed lightsaber.”

All that from just a lightsaber? You betcha. Not only does it show just how dear Leia holds her upbringing with its colour choice, but also how much she respects her brother Luke by aping his lightsaber design.

We actually saw Leia use her trusty lightsaber during the events of Rise of Skywalker thanks to cut footage from Return of the Jedi (opens in new tab). Here, we get the more complete picture of the secret story behind Leia’s lightsaber.

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