Star Wars: The Power of Myth was published by Dorling Kindersley initially in small numbers in 1999 for a European tour of the same name and soon after given a wider release in 2000. The book explores the connections between Star Wars and ancient mythology.

Publisher's summary[]

No amount of film theory can explain the extraordinary appeal the Star Wars saga has for millions of people all over the world. For many, it has all the force of an alternative reality. To understand Star Wars' lasting attraction we must look beyond thrilling action and special effects to a very rich and universal source: the power of myth and legend. The Star Wars universe draws on a common stream of mythic tales which are rooted deeply in our own life stories. This book is a graphic visual guide to one of the greatest mythical adventures of the modern age.


  • Introduction
  • Mythic Heroes
  • The Call to Adventure
  • The Wise Guide
  • The Magic Talisman
  • Hero Partners
  • Rescuing the Princess
  • Hero Action
  • The Sacred Grove
  • The Mystical Union
  • Sacrifice and Betrayal
  • Return of the Hero
  • Descent to the Underworld
  • Reconciliation with the Father
  • Final Victory
  • The Hero's Ships
  • Podracing
  • Naboo Starfighter
  • Jedi Training
  • Jedi Defenders
  • Warrior Queen
  • The Fool
  • Droids of Destiny
  • Seed of Evil
  • Imperial Stormtroopers
  • Battle droids
  • Night of the Sith
  • Acknowledgements

The tour[]

The book was originally available as a giftshop item from Kellogg's Star Wars: The Power of Myth tour in 1999. This event, designed to promote Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace and Kellogg's own cereal-based promotion of the film, covered much the same ground as the book- the connection between the Star Wars saga and real life myths and legends. The easiest way to recognize a copy of the book obtained from the tour is by lack of a barcode on the outside back cover.

On page 16, the book erroneously claims that Luke Skywalker brought down an AT-AT by entangling its legs with his snowspeeder cable, when in fact it was Wedge Antilles, and his gunner Wes Janson who did so in The Empire Strikes Back.

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