- "Heeded my words not, did you? Pass on what you have learned. Strength, mastery. But weakness… folly… failure, also. Yes, failure most of all. The greatest teacher, failure is. Luke… we are what they grow beyond. That is the true burden of all masters."
- ―Yoda's Force spirit, to Luke Skywalker
Jedi Master was a rank in the Jedi Order given to powerful Jedi, many of whom were leaders within the Order. Throughout the history of the Jedi, only Masters served on the Jedi High Council until Anakin Skywalker, a Jedi Knight, was appointed to the Order's highest governing body as a representative of Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine.
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- "You are on this council, but we do not grant you the rank of master."
- ―Mace Windu, to Anakin Skywalker
A Jedi Master was a Jedi Knight who trained a Padawan to Knighthood in the Jedi Order. In addition, groups of Jedi younglings received their early education in the ways of the Force under the guidance of a single Jedi Master. The younglings would then receive more direct training from either a Jedi Knight or a Jedi Master.
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Yoda was one of the oldest Jedi Masters, having lived approximately nine hundred years before his death. Over the course of his 800-year-long career as a Jedi Master, Yoda trained no fewer than 20,000 Jedi.
The Jedi High Council was made up of twelve Jedi Masters, one of which bore the title of Grand Master, who had the power to grant Jedi Knights the title of Master, in consensus. Other prominent Jedi Masters who also sat on the Council included Mace Windu and Shaak Ti.
After serving as a Jedi Knight for three years, Anakin Skywalker advanced to the point in his training that he felt he deserved the rank of Jedi Master, though the Council did not agree. When Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine appointed Skywalker to the Council as his personal representative, the Council reluctantly agreed, hoping to use him as a means to spy on Palpatine. However, the Council did not grant Skywalker the title of Master. Skywalker took this as both an outrageous and unfair insult, as no Jedi in the history of the Jedi Order had ever been placed on the Council without receiving the rank of Master.
Years after the Great Jedi Purge and the Galactic Civil War, Luke Skywalker attempted to train his own generation of Jedi and was considered a Jedi Master, though it was merely a role he played not having formally earned such a title until posthumously completing said role as Padawan Rey's mentor as a Force spirit.
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Notes and references[edit | edit source]
- Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
- The Star Wars Book
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars film
- Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back
- Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
- Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
- Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
- A New Dawn
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Weapons Factory"
- Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens
- The Secrets of the Jedi
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary dates the events of Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker as taking place one year after the Starkiller Incident, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 34 ABY. Therefore, the events of Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker must take place in 35 ABY.