15 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Luke Skywalker

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Luke Skywalker is one of the most important characters in all of science fiction. He's the quintessential movie hero and his journey is one of the greatest stories ever told on the silver screen - but how much does the average fan of the Star Wars franchise know about him? 

Whether you're a casual fan or a die-hard Luke lover, odds are there are a few things you don't know about the son of Anakin Skywalker. There's plenty to cover, from his childhood on Tatooine to the detailed events that occurred between the movies and his training of Ben Solo. Despite Star Wars being one of the most exciting and impressive franchises of all time, there's still a lot the general fan base doesn't know about Luke. This list takes a look at the lore from as many sources as possible to uncover the things you didn't know about the new hope for the Rebellion.

Check them out below, and be sure to vote up anything you didn't already know about one of Star Wars' most amazing characters!

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    Following ‘Return of the Jedi,’ Luke Set Out To Find Palpatine’s Observatories

    The Emperor kept numerous observatories, science outposts, and other stations spread across the galaxy, each with its own devious purpose. Many of his observatories were constructed to reveal what exists beyond the known galaxy, and the Pillio observatory was once visited by Luke Skywalker. After the Emperor's demise at the end of Return of the Jedi, Skywalker found the observatory on the planet Pillio, but it wasn't empty.

    He ran into Del Meeko of Inferno Squad, whose orders were to destroy the observatory so it couldn't fall into the hands of the Rebel Alliance. Luke convinced him not to go through with it, as it would have damaged the planet. Skywalker's goal was to find any significant artifacts he might use, and after saving the site from destruction, he managed to locate a Jedi star compass. The compass was attuned to a specific point in hyperspace and offered the Jedi a path to Ahch-To, the location of the first Jedi temple.

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    Luke Completed His Jedi Training On His Own

    The original Star Wars trilogy features very little in terms of Luke Skywalker training as a Jedi. Obi-Wan Kenobi offers up a little bit of training with the lightsaber on the flight to Alderaan, but that's about all we see Luke get from the old man. Later, he trains with Jedi Master Yoda, but for less than a month. When the prequel trilogy was released, it was revealed that a Jedi undergoes decades of intense training from a very early age - so who trained Luke to become a Master Jedi?

    As it happens, Luke did it. Most of his training had to come from what he could learn on his own because, at the time, he truly was the last Jedi in the galaxy. Luke managed to train himself by locating as much information about the Jedi as he could. He uncovered a large cache of holocrons and other artifacts from the former Jedi Temple librarian Jocasta Nu, and numerous missions uncovered more for the young Jedi to train himself.

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    Luke Encountered Vader Long Before Cloud City In 'The Empire Strikes Back'

    When movie audiences saw Luke Skywalker finally confront Darth Vader in the incredibly pivotal third act of The Empire Strikes Back, it was epic. The two had previously encountered one another during the Death Star trench run in A New Hope, and their meeting was one of the most anticipated in all of film history. As fans cheered in 1980 cinemas, their jubilation would be tweaked a bit 35 years later.

    In the second issue of Marvel's 2015 Star Wars comic, it was revealed that the two did meet before the events that unfolded on Cloud City. In fact, they met during the time between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. Their meeting occurred at the Imperial weapons factory on Cymoon 1. The place was supposed to be automated, but the Rebels found slaves they decided to free, which brought the Dark Lord of the Sith down on their heads.

    Luke didn't run from Vader when they met. Instead, he confronted him, but Vader saw Luke as an "untrained child" who didn't know the first thing about wielding a lightsaber - and he wasn't wrong. Still, Luke stood his ground, blaming Vader for his father's demise since this is what he had learned from Obi-Wan. Luke's choice to fight Vader was foolish, and the Sith Lord quickly knocked him to the ground and pulled his lightsaber from his grasp.

    As Vader demanded to know the Rebellion's plans, Luke informed his "father's killer" that he took part in destroying the Death Star. Vader decided to do away with the young "Jedi," but just as he was about to execute him, he happened to notice the boy was wielding his old Jedi lightsaber. Vader was startled by the revelation, resulting in his hesitation, which provided enough of a distraction for Han Solo to save Luke from Vader.

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    He Found A Collection Of Obi-Wan’s Journals After Returning To Tatooine

    Luke Skywalker wasn't a huge fan of his "home planet" of Tatooine, which he left to join Obi-Wan Kenobi on his mission to Alderaan. When he departed, he said, "There's nothing here for me now," and while he was right about his family, there was something that remained. After his first meeting with Darth Vader, Luke felt that he was more of a danger to the Rebel Alliance than a help, and he asked to be released. He hopped into his X-wing with R2 and set out for Tatooine.

    His goal was to head to Obi-Wan's hut, looking for something to help guide him in his training. When they arrived, the hut was being pillaged by Tusken Raiders, but Luke scared them off with his lightsaber. Inside, Luke found a box addressed to him, but Boba Fett attacked before he could open it. Luke managed to deflect a point-blank shot, and R2 knocked Fett out by hurling the box at him. The two escaped via the X-wing, where Luke learned he had found the journals of Obi-Wan Kenobi.

    Inside the book, Luke discovered a collection of stories that relate to him and Obi-Wan during their time on Tatooine. Initially, Luke was disappointed, as he was hoping he would learn more about becoming a Jedi. He related:

    Stories. I nearly died fighting that bounty hunter on Tatooine, and all for what? All Ben left me was a book of stories. I don't know what I'm supposed to do with this. I don't see where this book tells me anything about fighting with a lightsaber or using the Force.

    The stories collected in the Jjournals of Ben Kenobi were revealed as standalone tales that took place between the larger story arcs of the 2015 Marvel comic book. The first of these was told in the seventh issue, and with each story, a better understanding of Luke's upbringing and just how much Obi-Wan Kenobi had to do with it was revealed.

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    He Was Protected By Obi-Wan All Throughout His Childhood

    After Obi-Wan Kenobi dropped Luke off with Owen and Beru Lars, he went off to his little shack out by the Dune Sea. Kenobi didn't directly interact with the family, but that doesn't mean he didn't keep a watchful eye on his former pupil's son. Kenobi would leave small toy spaceships on Shmi Skywalker's grave. Luke's aunt would find them and bring them to the young boy who would play with them endlessly.

    Around the age of 3, while Luke was playing with one of his spaceship toys, a group of marauders attacked the farm. Kenobi was there, watching Luke from afar, and jumped into action to protect the boy and his family. After Kenobi defeated the Gammorean gang, Owen punched the old Jedi in the face, chastising him for getting involved.

    A year before the attack, another threat reared its ugly head when Darth Maul returned to Tatooine to seek revenge on Kenobi. The old Jedi met his longtime foe, and after a relatively short lightsaber duel, Kenobi stood victorious. As he lay dying in Kenobi's arms, Maul asked about Luke, saying, "Tell me... is it the Chosen One?" After Kenobi responded that he believed Luke to be the Chosen One, Maul's last words were, "He will avenge us."

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    Luke Built His Green Lightsaber In A Deleted Scene From ‘Return of the Jedi’

    Luke Built His Green Lightsaber In A Deleted Scene From ‘Return of the Jedi’
    Photo: Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi / 20th Century Fox

    The Empire Strikes Back ends on a bit of a low note after Luke Skywalker loses his hand and his father's lightsaber in his battle against Vader in Cloud City. Without his lightsaber, it's unclear how he will find a new one, seeing as he was never taught how to build the weapon on his own. Despite this, when he shows up at Jabba's palace in Return of the Jedi, he's got a spiffy new green lightsaber, though it's never revealed how he obtained it.

    As it happens, everything the audience needed to know about the lightsaber was shot for the movie; however, it didn't make the final cut. The deleted scenes from Return of the Jedi reveal that Luke constructed the weapon on his own shortly before heading to Jabba's palace. The hilt was designed to resemble Obi-Wan Kenobi's third lightsaber, but unlike that weapon, it emitted a green plasma blade instead of Kenobi's blue one.

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