Undoubtedly the most unforgettable role played by the late Carrie Fisher, Princess Leia is one of the most cherished characters in the Star Wars franchise.
Her strength, fortitude, intelligence, and overall character growth make her an incredible feminist icon for all ages.
As the daughter of Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala, and sister to Luke Skywalker, it’s easy to fall in the shadows of her kin.
Yet, she stands her ground and creates a remarkable impact that permeates through the fanbase and pop-culture society.
Culturally, even those who haven’t seen Star Wars are aware of Princess Leia and her iconic “Cinnamon buns” hairstyle, as well as the golden bikini.
The latter Carrie Fisher didn’t like at all.
Even as a Jedi, Princess Leia never allowed her lack of training to hinder her from fulfilling her roles brilliantly and fearlessly.
In the video below, you can see an animated clip alluding to the scene in Star Wars IV: A New Hope where Vader and Leia finally meet.
Princess Leia’s lightsaber Confirmed And Now Canon!
After watching the final movie of the sequel trilogy, I was so excited and pleased to see that Princess Leia did have a lightsaber. When Luke’s force ghost took Rey to find Leia’s lightsaber, I was on the edge of my seat feeling a sense of satisfaction wash through me.
They also showed how Luke actually trained Leia. Knowing that she was a Jedi felt extremely gratifying.
Looking back, even though she wasn’t a Jedi, she was always on the right side, even if it meant torture and losing her life. Her dedication and belief in the efforts to take down the dictatorship of the empire were consistent from start to finish.
When Carrie Fisher died, sadness swept over the Star Wars fanbase. So when the death of Princess Leia was also shown in the movie, there was a stillness in the movie theater.
Princess Leia is definitely deserving to be a Jedi. Most of all, she’s also deserving to be a Jedi Master to Rey.
Sabers Used By Leia (Legends)
While it isn’t canonically known yet whether Princess Leia will have her own lightsaber. In Legends, she did wield a few sabers after it was established that she was able to use the Force. The first one being the green bladed saber made by Luke Skywalker.
This same saber was eventually wielded by Mara Jade Skywalker when she killed Luuke Skywalker and Joruus C’baoth. Afterward, she was also given a red saber by Luke.
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However, Leia isn’t often seen dueling with a saber, except in some video games where she can be seen with a green or yellow saber. Unfortunately, not all the games are canon so we can rule most of it out.
Quite understandably, the huge fuss surrounding whether Leia will wield the Skywalker saber in battle has just circulated around the internet. Some of which even mentions how these leaks and rumors come from a reliable source, as featured in the video below.
Basically, the whole buzz surrounding this is how Leia is shown in the trailer and she looks to be holding the Skywalker Saber. The video below shows the clip and you can decide for yourself.
The Skywalker Saber
Just as the name suggests, this one and only widely distinguished lightsaber has been in the hands of Anakin, Obi-Wan, Luke, and Rey. Regardless of the light or dark side, all of these characters have created astounding changes in their history.
In The Hands Of Anakin
This blue plasma bladed saber was created by Anakin Skywalker after he had lost his first saber in a battle. If you follow the sequence of events, you’ll be surprised that this saber has gone through a series of exciting events.
After it was made, it was eventually taken by Dooku, then retrieved again. Anakin also used this saber to create educational holographic recordings on how to sword fight.
Just like fate, Anakin used this same lightsaber to defeat Dooku. However, he then lost it but it was later found by one of the Magnaguards and then surrendered to General Grievous.
Thankfully, Obi-Wan used the Force to maneuver the saber to him and he shortly returned it to Anakin. Until Anakin became Vader, he actually kept this weapon.
To see Anakin wield this blue saber, go ahead and play the video below. Here, we can see how well Anakin and Obi-Wan team up against Count Dooku.
When Anakin was teetering toward the dark side, he still had this lightsaber. Unfortunately, he used this weapon to commit many atrocious things.
During Order 66, he massacred Jedi’s and even younglings. Further, when he was on his Mission to Mustafar, he wiped out the whole Separatist Council.
If Kenobi hadn’t defeated him, he surely would have kept on going with his killing spree with no remorse. In the video below, you can see how Kenobi, with a broken heart, defeats him.
In the hands of Obi-Wan
Before Obi-Wan had the opportunity to hand the lightsaber to Luke, he had possession of it for almost 20 years. Owen Lars was cautious about giving the saber to Luke because of the fear that he might end up just like his father.
Watch how Obi-Wan gives the lightsaber to Luke in the video below. It definitely shows how Obi-Wan reminisces the golden age of the Jedi Order as well as his memories of Darth Vader, his once pupil.
In the hands of Luke
But when Owen Lars, Luke’s uncle, passed away, he began his Jedi training with Obi-Wan. Here’s a list of missions and adventures in which he used this weapon:
- Cymoon 1
- Nar Shaddaa
- Vrogas Vas
- Vagadarr system
- Crash on an ocean planet
- Mon Cala
- Bespin and loss
In the battle of Bespin as shown in the clip below, he loses the saber after Vader defeats him in a duel and severs off his hand which held the lightsaber. The weapon was lost somewhere in Cloud City.
In the hands of Maz Kanata
Also called the “pirate queen” for housing traveling smugglers, Maz Kanata has hoards of items she has collected through the centuries.
In this massive haul of treasures was the Skywalker saber. It isn’t known yet as to how she obtained the weapon, but there are many assumptions and theories floating around the web.
Kanata was immediately keen on Rey when Han Solo brought her to the palace. She then offered the lightsaber to Rey when it called to her; however, she refused the weapon and ran away.
In the hands of Finn
Before landing in the possession of Rey, the lightsaber was used by Finn. When Kanata’s castle was devastated by stormtroopers, Rey was also captured.
In order to keep the lightsaber safe, it was turned over to Finn instead. To give a short background, Finn is actually part of the resistance but was a former First Order stormtrooper.
After possessing the lightsaber, he immediately engaged in battle. In one of these skirmishes, he came across Kylo Ren. Although Finn dueled bravely, he was defeated. Play the video below to watch exactly how the battle between Kylo Ren and Finn went down.
In the hands of Rey
When the hilt flew away from Finn’s grasp, Kylo Ren attempted to use the Force to call it to him. He might have thought that he was finally going to obtain the saber, but it flew past him and into Rey’s grasp.
She powered up the sword and struck towards her stunned enemy. She was forced back to a cliff and was offered to join the dark side.
However, she was able to sidestep and escape. The struggle against the enemy was difficult but she eventually defeated him, as we can recall in the clip below.
She journeyed to Luke to return to him his father’s saber. However, he simply threw the lightsaber as if it were nothing, which I found to be one of the funniest scenes in the movie.
Still, Rey picked it up again and used it as she trained with Skywalker. After gaining some skills, she left on board the Falcon.
Again, the lightsaber was used in defeating Supreme Leader Snoke, and against the guards. Afterwhich, Kylo Ren and Rey played a tug-of-war with the Force in order to get the lightsaber which unfortunately broke in half.
She kept the broken pieces and took it back with her to the Falcon. It was there that Leia comforted her and gave her hope that the saber could be fixed again.
And, after the Battle of Crait, she did reconstruct the saber. Now, whether or not Leia will use the saber as fans have speculated, we’ve yet to see.
Sure enough, we’ll see more of the lightsaber in action when the movie is out! Whatever happens, it’s going to be a thrilling final episode to the saga.