Since fans caught their first glimpse of the trailer for The Last Jedi, speculation has run wild about what appears to be ancient Jedi manuscripts in one of the shots from the teaser. What are these books? How old are they and where could they have possibly come from?
In The Force Awakens, Han Solo explains to Finn and Rey how the legendary Luke Skywalker went in search of the first Jedi Temple. He then explains the fall of the new Jedi order at the hands of Ben Solo (his son and Luke’s nephew). During his journey, it’s certainly possible that Luke may have inadvertently stumbled across the books, first seen inside the so-called “force tree” on Ahch –To. These ancient manuscripts are almost certainly from a much older time than that of The Force Awakens and are presumably written on paper (incidentally, the first time paper has been seen in a Star Wars movie).
The rel question here is, what are the book’s purpose? Many fans postulate they may contain The Journal of the Whills (George Lucas’s working title for the original Star Wars film). The Journal of the Whills have previously appeared in Star Wars canon (the Clone Wars animated series where Yoda encounters the Shaman of the Whills and Rogue One, where we are introduced to Baze Malbus and Chirrut Imwe, self-proclaimed Guardians of the Whills).
Much has yet to be explained as to the purpose of The Journal of the Whills. Could Luke’s books possibly contain a greater explanation of these mysterious manuscripts, or could they be something completely different altogether?
We’d love to hear your theories on Luke’s book collection, or about The Journal of the Whills. Feel free to comment in the section below and as always, MTFBWY!
By Collin Eckerle