The Life and Times of Luke Skywalker

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The first Star Wars trilogy produced in the 70s followed the adventures of Luke Skywalker and his friends.
Since then there has been another trilogy of movies, dozens of novels and many video games produced that fill out the story of the Star Wars galaxy, including the life story of Luke Skywalker. Here is a quick bio, including where we got the information.

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Biography of Luke Skywalker

Star Wars Revenge Of The SithRevenge of the Sith novel

Luke Skywalker is the son of  Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker (also known as Sith Lord Darth Vader) and Padme Amidala, Queen of Naboo.  He has a twin sister Leia Organa, Princess of Alderaan.
In order to hide him from his evil father, Luke Skywalker was separated from his twin sister and raised by his aunt and uncle, Owen and Beru Lars, moisture farmers on Tatooine.  He grew up never knowing he had a sister, and believed that his father, a Jedi Knight, was killed in the Clone Wars.

Star Wars: A New Hope

Luke, now twenty years old, purchased two droids from Jawas for the moisture farm, and his life was changed forever.  One droid, R2D2, contained a secret message from Princess Leia requesting help from Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi (also known on Tatooine as Old Ben Kenobi).  When the droids R2D2 and C3PO left the moisture farm to find Obi-Wan, Luke Skywalker went to retrieve them.  Obi-Wan Kenobi rescues Luke from the Sand People and their relationship becomes established.
When Luke returned to the moisture farm he found the charred remains of his aunt and uncle, killed by storm troopers looking for the droid R2D2 who contained the plans to the Death Star.  He decided to join Obi-Wan Kenobi and learn the ways of The Force and become a Jedi Knight like his father before him.
In need of transportation to Alderaan the two met Han Solo, pilot of the Millenium Falcon, and his Wookie co-pilot Chewbacca in the Mos Eisley Cantina, thus beginning a life-long friendship.  They then rescued Princess Leia Organa from the prison hold of the Death Star and the trio became closer-than-close, Luke having discovered his sister and Han and Leia later marry (in the continuing saga in books).

Allegiance (Paperback)

Luke Skywalker’s hero status as a legendary warrior begins with joining the Rebel Alliance in the destruction of the Death Star and continues as a fledgling Jedi eager to serve as he and Han face The Hand of Judgment and pirates.
This novel introduces Mara Jade who becomes very important in Luke’s life later on.

Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia encounter Darth Vader on Circarpous V.
This novel was written prior to Luke and Leia knowing that they are siblings, so contains sexual tension that may be considered inappropriate by some.

Star Wars: Episode V the Empire Strikes Back (Paperback)

After having a vision on Hoth, Luke studies the Force under Master Yoda on Dagobah since his previous Master, Obi-Wan Kenobi, was killed on the Death Star.
Darth Vader tortures Han Solo on Cloud City to create a disturbance in the Force. Luke leaves Dagobah before his training is finished in order to rescue his friends.
In an epic lightsaber duel with Darth Vader he loses an arm and then learns that Vader is his father. Choosing death over turning to the dark side Luke falls down a shaft.
Leia senses Luke and sends the Millenium Falcon to rescue him. Later on a Medical Frigate Luke is fitted with a cybernetic arm.
During the Battle of Endor he defeats Emperor Palpatine and brings his father back to the light.
Shadows of the Empire (Paperback)Xizor, leader of the criminal organization called Black Sun, joins Vader in trying to trap Luke Skywalker and turn him to the dark side. Luke is on Tatooine, living in Obi-Wan’s house in the Dunes. Leia devises a plan to rescue Han (now in carbonite) but finds herself charmed by Xizor and willing enters his lair as she plays a deadly game trying to get the information she needs to defeat him. Lando, Luke and Chewie must fight the Black Sun in their stronghold and the Empire in space to try and rescue their friends.
In a special project by Luscas Arts, the Shadows of the Empire saga is contained in several parts, each one telling a different part of the storyline between the two movies. The novel tells Luke Skywalker’s storyline, but if you are interested in reading all of the stories that happen during this time period Star Wars: Omnibus – Shadows of the Empire contains the novel, the comics focusing on Bobba Fett with Han in carbonite, “Evolution” where Luke follows a human-droid to bring her to justice, and “By the Emperor’s Hand” another chapter in the storyline for Mara Jade who later becomes important to Luke Skywalker.
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