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At the time of writing various episodes of the Star Wars saga, George Lucas used the most terrestrial story to give life to a galaxy far, far away… The sound of Star Wars theme 🙂
In the opinion of several scholars, the original trilogy and its Jedi Knights bear serious similarities to the legend of King Arthur and the history of the Templars. In fact, numerous authors have drawn connections in how the original trilogy has many eerie similarities to Arthurian legends and how Jedi Knights were modeled based on medieval warriors.
While the Jedi Knights hold noble values, wisdom, and mysticism, so does the Knights of the Order of the Temple.
In 1979, Marilyn Sherman said that there is a parallel between the two stories.
“These knights are custodians of peace and justice in this galactical civilization, and they are armed with appropriate weapons. Luke Skywalker’s Excalibur is a lightsaber, not a clumsy stormtrooper blaster that kills at random, but a clean clear ray that dispatches its deserving victim with finality.” Marilyn Sherman wrote in 1979, two years after the release of the first Star Wars film.
The character of Arthurian Merlin could well be translated as that of Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Angela Jane Weisl wrote in her book The Persistence of Medievalism; “while George Lucas likes to claim that Star Wars is a myth for modern times, it is striking that among the variety of mythic narratives he suggests, his strongest inspiration is clearly the medieval Arthurian romance.”
And when you start to think about it, you clearly find a number of similarities that become evidence immediately.
Don’t you think it’s fascinating that both Luke Skywalker and King Arthur, grow up without knowing their fathers?
Both, however, know a spiritual mentor: Merlin, in the case of Arthur, and Obi-Wan Kenobi, or later Yoda, in the case of Luke.
In addition, both are prepared to finally claim an almighty saber, such as Excalibur and the lightsaber.
The love triangle between Luke, Leia and Han Solo, also has a correlate in the Arthurian narrative, through Arturo, Guinevere, and Lancelot.
The difference between both is that in Star Wars the love triangle, breaks when Luke and Leia discover that they are brothers, it clears the way for Han and Leia to become a romantic couple.
Meanwhile, Guinevere and Lancelot’s affair leads to tragedy and is partly the cause of the fall of Camelot.
For more evidence, in the first Star Wars scripts, the Jedi Knights are called Jedi Templars. This order, like the Order of the Temple, was based on votes of austerity, devotion and moral purity.
They also practiced poverty and were revered for their honesty, wisdom, and courage.
If we take a look at Star Wars and the purpose of the characters in the film and compare it to the Knights Templars, we find that while Star Wars’ Jedis were guardians of peace for the galaxy, the Templars had a similar goal in history, they were assembled to protect the conquered Holy Land and its Christian pilgrims from Muslim armies and brigands.
Apart from the above, it is noteworthy to mention how the political institutions of “Star Wars”—such as the Senate, Republic, and Empire—and the pseudo-Latin names of characters such as chancellors Valorum and Palpatine echo those of ancient Rome.
As Tony Keen notes in “Star Wars and History,” the architecture on the planet Naboo resembles that of imperial Rome, and the pod race in “The Phantom Menace” rivals that of the Roman chariot race seen on screen in “Ben-Hur.”