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In Star Wars: A New Hope when Kenobi saves Luke from the Sand People and wakes him up. Without Luke giving his name, Kenobi calls him,

"young Luke."

Is there an explanation or is this just a movie mistake?

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    It's pretty obvious that Luke and Obi-Wan already knew each other. – F1Krazy Feb 1 at 6:34
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    He calls him Ben. They're old friends. – Cupit Feb 1 at 6:35
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    I suspect this question is attracting downvotes due to a lack of research effort. That being said, actually proving that Ben would immediately recognise Luke took me some effort. – Valorum Feb 1 at 8:37
  • @Valorum what's to prove? Are you saying that Lucas needed to establish a connection prior to revealing it later? Let's say we had no idea about Obi's prior history with Luke and Anakin, doesn't the fact that Luke knows who "Old Ben" is, and later that Obi knew Luke's father and had fought with him in the Clone Wars pretty much wrap things up? – user9570789 Feb 5 at 5:36
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Ben was present at Luke's birth and delivered him to his adopted parents at the end of Revenge of the Sith. He then installed himself in a nearby hovel to keep an eye on him and to defend him from potential attackers.

We see in the (canon) comics that he met with Luke on multiple occasions during his early years, initially visiting the family on occasion, then observing the boy from afar after his falling-out with Owen Lars, right up to age 17, just a couple of years before seeing him again in ANH.

Luke age (approx) 4
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Star Wars #7

Luke age (approx) 7
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Star Wars #15

Luke age 13
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Star Wars Webcomic: #1 - An Old Friend

Luke age 17
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Star Wars Webcomic: #2 - Meeting the Droids

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    Skipping the prequels (if only!), when Luke tells his aunt and uncle about the msg in R2D2, he says "... I wonder if she means ol' Ben Kenobi." Luke knows of him. Even as "served with your father in the Clone Wars", that version of Obi-wan would have kept track of Luke – Verdan Feb 1 at 16:24
  • Nice well researched answer! Makes me wonder why Obi Wan didn't do the old mind trick on Owen Lars if he wanted to train the boy so desperately? – Neo Darwin Feb 1 at 17:38
  • @NeoDarwin - Owen doesn't strike me as being someone with an especially weak mind. – Valorum Feb 1 at 17:41
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They were next door neighbours. Obi-Wan had known Luke all his life. Later on in the prequels George Lucas had Obi-Wan be the one who had brought Luke to Tatooine and Obi-Wan was only living there because of Luke, having always planned to train Luke if he grew into a good prospect.

  • Can you offer any evidence to back up these statements? – Valorum Feb 1 at 12:18
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"The droid says he belongs to someone named 'Obi-Wan'. Do you think he means Old Ben?"

To me, it seems clear from his preceding conversation with his Uncle that they all knew who Old Ben was, and so it reasons that on a desert planet with a tiny population that Old Ben would know who Luke Skywalker was.

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