When Anakin was only 9 years old, everyone in the Jedi Council was arguing that he was already too old for Jedi training.

When it comes to Luke, it was a pre-planned agenda to make him a powerful Jedi. So, why did Kenobi wait for Luke to be much older? He could have started Luke's training by himself.

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In the book version of Revenge of the Sith Yoda and Obi wan are discussing what to do with Padmé's twins. Obi-Wan was telling Yoda that each one should take one of the children, that he would take Luke to Tatooine and train him and that Yoda should take Leia and train her.

Yoda immediately said "No. Jedi training is not the only way to hone their skills and strength in the Force." Obi-Wan was quite confused. Yoda said "Trust in the living force, we will."

He chose to trust that the Force would guide them along the proper path and train them unconsciously for whatever tasks they needed to learn when the time was right. Yoda had learned that the Jedi became too dogmatic in their approach to training Jedi, which in the long run is what did the damage.

This is proved in Episode IV, in Luke's exchange with his wing men during the Death Star trench run:

Luke: Biggs, Wedge, let's close it up. We're going in. We're going in full throttle.
Wedge: Right with you, boss.
Biggs: Luke, at that speed will you be able to pull out in time?
Luke: It'll be just like Beggar's Canyon back home.

Thus showing that what Yoda said was correct, that the Living force was guiding and training Luke through his childhood on Tatooine ("I used to bull's-eye womp rats in my T-sixteen back home. They're not much bigger than two meters.") for the skills he would later use to serve the light side and help restore the Republic and peace to the galaxy.

Just as Leia was learning all her diplomatic skills that she would need to help hold the Rebellion and later the Republic together in the decades after the fall of the Empire. She also did become a very powerful Jedi later on in the expanded universe books as she realized that over and over again it was not really her diplomatic skills that kept saving the galaxy, but the Jedi. She realized that she was wasting her tremendous potential as she knew that she could be just as powerful as Luke and that having someone else on Luke's level, or even half of that, could make a crucial difference in defending the galaxy. So she eventually put aside everything else and focused solely on her Jedi training some 20+ years later, though she had been slowly training for the previous 15 years. She was basically at the level of an advanced padawan up until that time.

Thus, the Jedi learned that it was better to let life train each Jedi as the living Force willed, then when they were ready, the teacher would come. Later on when Luke started his own Jedi academy, he allowed, though didn't necessarily encourage, attachments, relationships and marriage, didn't force Jedi to start at a young age, unless they wanted to and allowed each person to serve the galaxy and the force in a wider variety of ways than only being a Jedi knight.


Owen did not allow it.

From Adventure in Beggar's Canyon by way of Wookieepedia:

The reason for Owen's anger was that Kenobi had attempted to give Anakin Skywalker's lightsaber to Luke, feeling that Luke was old enough and should be allowed to have it. Owen refused to allow it because he believed the Jedi path was a destructive one. He told Kenobi that he didn't want Luke to make the same mistakes Anakin Skywalker did, saying that he felt Anakin should have never left his mother and gotten involved with the "damn foolish idealistic Jedi crusaders" in the first place. He vehemently told Kenobi to leave and to stay away.

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    Wasn't Luke's training more important? He was the last hope. Kenobi could override Owen easily...
    – user931
    Commented Feb 13, 2012 at 8:08
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    @SachinShekhar ..taking Obi-Wan one step closer to the dark side? Won't happen.
    – Zommuter
    Commented Feb 13, 2012 at 13:06
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    (waves fingers) You will allow me to give this lightsaber to Luke... Commented Mar 24, 2015 at 16:25

It wasn't preplanned, Anakin only turned to the dark side at the end of the pregnancy, when all the Jedi were being massacred. There was no time to plan. Luke was not meant to be a great Jedi. Obi-Wan was there to protect him from Vader, not to train him. Perhaps at first he thought those to things would be one in the same, but with Uncle Owen pushing him away, Obi-Wan would have taken a more silent protector role, than a mentor/trainer. Otherwise why wouldn't they have sent Leia with a Jedi to train her as well?

(This is only referencing the movies)


He probably didn't trust himself.

Obi-Wan just came off of training Anakin, who turned into one of the most powerful Sith in the Galaxy. Would he really want to take the risk of doing the exact same thing to the galaxy's last, best hope of taking down the Emperor? Especially since Luke is Anakin's son, and potentially shares some of his personality traits.

Also he needed to find a way to get Luke to Yoda without raising too much suspicion. Letting Vader or the Emperor know too early that Luke is around and powerful could put an end to things very quickly.


This is covered in ANH

Obi-Wan Kenobi on giving Luke his lightsaber:

I have something here for you. Your father wanted you to have this when you were old enough, but your uncle wouldn't allow it. He feared you might follow old Obi-Wan on some damned-fool idealistic crusade like your father did.

OK so the "Your father wanted you to have this when you were old enough" is a lie, from any POV. But the second part about Owen could well be true.

  • as though Kenobi couldn't hand wave away Lar's objections though...seems like just another Kenobi lie
    – NKCampbell
    Commented May 18, 2018 at 20:27

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