I used to think that lightsabers were just inanimate objects, and I don't remember seeing anything like the scene in the basement of Maz Kanata's castle when Luke's lightsaber "calls" to Rey and shows her that vision.

Is there a canon explanation to this? Has anything similar been done in other canon or Legends material?

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    This is not currently answerable. It might be answered in Episode VIII.
    – TylerH
    Jan 4, 2016 at 17:09
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    I think all we can say at this point is that it was the will of the Force. More will doubtless be revealed in Episode VIII. Jan 5, 2016 at 9:07

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There may be any of a few reasons:

  1. Rey may be Luke's daughter, or some relation to Luke, so the Lightsaber feels a familiar life force in Rey, don't forget that in canon, Lightsabers contain force that is imbued by it's owner.

  2. Rey may be a former Padawan of Luke, and because of this, essentially again feels a familiar life force.

  3. The Force itself reacted, and decided that Rey must come across the Lightsaber, just like it did when creating Anakin (in EU/Legends Anakin's creation was the force acting against Plagueis and Sidious).

  • Fixed your formatting, and I also weakened some of your statements; (1) and (2) are fan theories with limited canon support at the moment, so it seemed unfair to be so definitive Jan 4, 2016 at 17:15
  • Looking at it after the edit I understand what you mean, I wasn't saying they were true, but just possible reasons floating around at the moment. The edit makes that much clearer, thanks :)
    – John Bell
    Jan 4, 2016 at 17:18
  • In Ref to 2, Rey seems surprised that she is a Jedi and does not appear to believe in the force. She may be hiding but she did seemed genuinely surprised by the events of Kantata's castle.
    – PStag
    Jan 4, 2016 at 17:19
  • Personally, and this is conjecture because nobody knows, I believe that "The Force Awakens" is related to Rey's dormant knowledge of the force. Throughout the film she seems curiously interested in the force and the Jedi, and her vision seems to show that she was somehow involved in Ben's fall and protected from it. It's possible that when something dis-pleasurable happens to you as a child, you forget things. She could have early training from Luke.
    – John Bell
    Jan 4, 2016 at 17:23
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    @PStag - there's a fan theory (which is somewhat out there, but does fit a lot of observed inconsistencies) that she was a padawan BUT was brainwashed into forgetting that. Wouldn't put it past Abrams to do that. Jan 4, 2016 at 17:37

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