Studying Skywalkers: Excalibur and the Lightsaber


From a mythological perspective the lightsaber is a cultural capstone that recalls another famous blade, Excalibur. King Arthur’s legendary sword was maybe the most famous blade in mythology before Obi-Wan Kenobi presented Luke’s father’s lightsaber to him in Star Wars: A New Hope. The two weapons have many similarities, and a further comparison of the two helps bring to light why the lightsaber has taken on a mythical quality that has entranced nearly four generations of moviegoers.

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