It’s been 45 years since Star Wars, at the time a single, stand-alone feature, premiered in theaters on May 25, 1977. Decades later, we know that individual film as A New Hope, but the story of Star Wars began long even before anyone saw this:
It’s generally understood that George Lucas always wanted Star Wars to be a larger series, with early drafts allegedly being named “Episode 6,” discussion of the Clone Wars being their own “Prequel Series,” and possibilities of prologue and epilogue films. Likewise, the story has always suggested that what we saw was just part of a huge universe with many other stories to be told.
Many early ideas, if not used, were recycled or referenced later. The original draft script was titled, “Adventures of the Starkiller, Episode I: The Star Wars,” and while “Starkiller” became “Skywalker'' for the hero’s family name, the term did eventually come up later to refer to the planet-sized weapon in Episode 7. Early drafts had a character named Mace Windy, who shows up as Mace Windu in the prequels; “Artoo” and “Threepio'' were supposed to meet with a man named Owen (not uncle Owen) while uncle Owen would have been named Lars. Luke and Leia knew they were siblings, and for that matter, were related to Biggs. Of course, there’s real world inspiration such as Luke being the hero of a story written by a guy named Lucas, who wrote about Jawas while his friend Stephen wrote a script called, “Jaws.”
May the…Ashla…be with you?
“The Force is a mysterious energy field created by life that binds the galaxy together.” There’s something to be said for this being named something that invokes power, and yet is vague. Many have compared “The Force” of Lucas to “The Way” in philosophies such as Taoism (Tao literally meaning “the Way.”) But originally, it was not just “The force” but “The Force of Others,” and instead of dark and light sides, it was divided into the Ashla (good parts) and the “paraforce” known as “the Bogan” which seems to manifest as depression. No evidence of Midichlorians though. If nothing else, this should serve as a reminder of the importance of rewrites!
Since the version we got does have the way cooler, “May the Force be with You” version, we’re able to provide you equally cool items like this spinner ring, and MTFBWY necklace, which are just a small fraction of the expanse of Star Wars Items you can buy!
While Lucas’ early drafts called them the Jedi-Bendu, most of us agree that the Jedi are one of the most iconic parts of the Star Wars universe. If you feel the same, you can represent the Jedi with our collection of jewelry and accessories with Jedi imagery. If not, perhaps you prefer to see the power of the Dark Side. We have products that allow you to pledge your allegiance to the Galactic Empire (or First Order, if you’re a sequel fan) or the Rebel Alliance. Of course, we also keep with the times as new films and shows come out, with many officially licensed items for the Mandalorian on Disney+.
…and if none of these specifically appeal to you, or you want a bit of everything from throughout the galaxy, please browse our entire collection of Star Wars Jewelry.