The temple on Ahch-To contains several books that Luke identifies as being the original texts of the Jedi Order.

In what language (or languages) are these texts written? I noticed that we never see any of the characters reading the books (only admiring them), which leads me to believe that they might not be sufficiently literate in the applicable language(s) to read them. Is this ever explained anywhere? Can the books be read directly through the Force? Does Luke have language learning materials somewhere on the island? Can C-3PO translate them (he does speak six million languages after all)?

  • Galactic basic, probably
    – Valorum
    Commented Jan 16, 2018 at 20:41
  • 4
    Yoda asks if Luke has read them and implies he (Yoda) has. So you may be able to assume Luke has the ability at least. Commented Jan 16, 2018 at 21:03
  • @Valorum I think that's likely, but is there any actual evidence that this is so? Part of me suspects is that the Jedi Order, as a religious group, has a sacred archaic language a la Hebrew in Judaism, Latin in Catholicism, and Arabic in Islam that Jedis study in school. Commented Jan 16, 2018 at 23:01
  • They’re in Proto-Jedi, of course. Commented Jan 16, 2018 at 23:03
  • 5
    @Adamant the versions used for scriptural study are archaic. The same thing actually happens with Latin - there are modern native speakers of "Modern Latin", but we know it instead as French, Spanish, Italian, etc., not "Modern Latin". Commented Jan 16, 2018 at 23:09

3 Answers 3


The texts are a mish-mash of ancient and obsolete languages, according to the Rise of Skywalker Visual Dictionary. Additionally, they were added to (and annotated) over the course of thousands of years by hundred of Jedi, creating an almost entirely unreadable jumble.

Very little of the Jedi scripture is readily legible — it must first be translated from archaic languages into modern Galactic Basic. Using simple translation programs available on most datapads, Rey can follow the words, though she recognizes this approach sacrifices nuance. She must trust her feelings when it comes to translating less concrete, more metaphysical concepts, of which there are many. Beaumont Kin, a historian and linguist in the Resistance ranks, offers his expertise on some of the densest sections of obscure, technical text. C-3PO is always eager to help, but is likely to spend as much time detailing the rules of grammatical construction and proper tense as he is explaining the meanings of the words he uncovers.

enter image description here

Specific languages include Protobesh (possibly a precursor to Aurabesh) and Coremaic as well as Luke's own notes in Galactic Standard Aurabesh.

enter image description here

In short, we don't know. In the next film we may see inside the books and answer the question in a more definitive way, but it seems likely that we're going to find out that the books are written in Aurabesh, written Galactic Standard.

The Visual Dictionary states that Luke assembled this collection in his quest to explore the remains of the Jedi, implying that they were neither written at the same time, nor kept together.

Luke's travels have allowed him to collect and assemble ancient scriptures containing lost Jedi wisdom and abilities. Actual books such as these are a true primitive rarity.

Since the earliest Jedi lived (tens of?) thousands of years BBY, it stretches credulity that these are the literal earliest writings of the Jedi given their condition, differing book sizes and binding styles.

Given that these are likely to be copies of copies of copies (ad infinitum) and like many copies of sacred texts, more than likely to have been translated into a more accessible languages, and given that Aurabesh predates both the first Jedi and hyperspatial travel itself (at least within the Legends canon) there's really no good reason to assume that they weren't just written in plain, boring old Aurabesh or, if they were originally written in another less accessible language, subsequently translated into Aurabesh over the millennia.


enter image description here

I found these images in the Art of the Last Jedi.

  • 1
    An excellent find. And that ain't Aurabesh unless it's some kind of weirdo ancient dialect.
    – Valorum
    Commented Mar 13, 2019 at 6:32
  • 2
    This looks like a mishmash of various Semitic scripts plus Korean. Commented Mar 13, 2019 at 10:21

According to starwars.fandom.com "The texts were written in a number of languages, including Tionese, Coremaic, Protobesh, and Basic"

  • But what are the sources for that information. It would be better to cite direct sources than notoriously incorrect wikis.
    – Skooba
    Commented Sep 28, 2020 at 19:59
  • starwars.fandom.com/wiki/…
    – jastako
    Commented Sep 28, 2020 at 20:01
  • @Skooba - It's the same source as I've pictured above, the RoS Visual Dictionary.
    – Valorum
    Commented Sep 28, 2020 at 22:09

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.