SALT LAKE CITY — “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” might seem like a confusing title. Or at least one with multiple possible meanings. But a piece of information from a canon “Star Wars” novel may help us understand the title a bit more.
Let’s start with the 2018 novel “Thrawn: Alliances” by Timothy Zahn. The book tells the story of the evil admiral Thrawn, who made quite an impact on the “Star Wars” galaxy in the years after “Revenge of the Sith” but before “A New Hope.”
In the book, we learn that a group called the Chiss Ascendancy used children with Force powers to navigate through an area of the galaxy called the Unknown Regions. These children will lose their powers as they get older.
Thrawn reportedly tells Darth Vader in the novel that he heard the word Skywalker awhile ago, MovieWeb reports.
- "I told you the Chiss call this talent Third Sight. What I hadn't yet spoken of is the title these navigators are given once they take their posts. ... The Cheunh word is ozyly-esehembo. In Basic, it translates to 'sky-walker.' You can imagine my momentary confusion when I first encountered General Anakin Skywalker."
The novel reveals that the term “skywalker” is given to those who are Force sensitive.6 comments on this story
The book’s reveal might tie into the upcoming film. For one, one fan theory posits that Rey is actually a Skywalker, according to The Hollywood Reporter. This theory would line up with that — only she wouldn’t be a Skywalker in terms of being related to Luke Skywalker. Rather, she would be a skywalker by practice.
Secondly, there’s another theory — popularized by comedian Kevin Smith — that suggests “skywalker” might be a new religious term for the “Star Wars” universe that is independent of Jedi and Sith, according to IndieWire.
“The Rise of Skywalker” hits theaters on Dec. 20.