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"I found it years ago. When I was no older than you are now. I found it in the River of Light on my home planet."
―Qui-Gon Jinn, handing Obi-Wan Kenobi a stone from the River of Light[1]

The River of Light was located on the home planet of Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn. Stones sensitive to the Force were found in it, one of which Jinn kept as a memento for over thirty years before passing it to his Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi, who in turn gave it to his apprentice Anakin Skywalker. Knowledge of the River of Light's Force-sensitive stones survived well into the era of the New Jedi Order.

History[]

Located on the homeworld of Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn, the River of Light was where a thirteen-year-old Jinn obtained a Force-sensitive stone that he kept as a memento for over three decades.[1] In 44 BBY,[2] he gave the stone to his Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi as a gift for his thirteenth birthday.[1] Kenobi in turn gave the same stone to his apprentice Anakin Skywalker when he turned thirteen[3] in 28 BBY.[4] Knowledge of the Force-sensitive river stones' existence survived into the days of the New Jedi Order;[5] following the end of the Yuuzhan Vong War in 29 ABY,[6] Jedi Knight Tam Azur-Jamin mentioned them in Droids, Technology and the Force: A Clash of Phenomena, an essay discussing the emergence of the Force in inanimate objects and technological devices.[5]

Behind the scenes[]

Created by author Jude Watson, the River of Light was first mentioned in The Hidden Past (1999), the third installment in the Jedi Apprentice series of young reader novels.[1] The river has subsequently been referenced in Qui-Gon Jinn's biography in The New Essential Guide to Characters (2002)[7] and given an entry in The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia (2008).[8]

Droids, Technology and the Force: A Clash of Phenomena, a 2005 Hyperspace-exclusive article by Abel G. Peña, mentions the Force being found in "lifeless rocks like river stones."[5] In the article endnotes published at his StarWars.com blog, Peña specified that this was meant as a reference to the stones found on Qui-Gon Jinn's homeworld,[9] thus making the article's reference to "river" an indirect mention of the River of Light.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Jedi Apprentice: The Hidden Past
  2. According to The Essential Reader's Companion, p. 32, the events of Jedi Apprentice: The Hidden Past take place in 44 BBY.
  3. Jedi Quest: The Way of the Apprentice
  4. According to Leland Chee (StarWarsDotComBlogsLogoStacked.png "Major Character Birth Years" – Keeper of the Holocron's Blog, Leland Chee's StarWars.com Blog (content now obsolete; archived from the original) ), Anakin Skywalker was born in 41.9 BBY; therefore his thirteenth birthday can be placed at 28.9 BBY.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 HyperspaceIcon.png Droids, Technology and the Force: A Clash of Phenomena on Hyperspace (article) (content removed from StarWars.com; backup link)
  6. The New Essential Chronology, p. 225 (The Recapture of Coruscant (29 A.B.Y.))
  7. The New Essential Guide to Characters (Qui-Gon Jinn entry)
  8. The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. III, p. 102 ("River of Light")
  9. StarWarsDotComBlogsLogoStacked.png "Endnotes for Droids, Technology and the Force: A Clash of Phenomena, Part I" – Only Sith Deal In Absolutes!, Abel G. Peña's StarWars.com Blog (content now obsolete; archived from the original)

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