When ‘Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope’ was released in 1977, audiences were introduced to a whole new cast of characters who would then become some of the most iconic in cinema history. Han Solo, Princess Leia, and Luke Skywalker were probably the most unlikeliest of teams, but they managed to band together, escape the Death Star, and win the Battle of Yavin. However, none of this would have happened if Han Solo and Luke Skywalker had not met beforehand, which begs the question, when and where did these two completely polar opposite characters meet?
Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi met with Han Solo and Chewbacca in Mos Eisley Cantina on Luke’s homeworld, Tatooine in 0 BBY. They met Han Solo and Chewbacca to get a ship to get to Alderaan after discovering a distress call from Princess Leia. Han and Chewie arranged to fly Skywalker and Kenobi to their destination for a fee but would join them on the Death Star to free Leia from the Empire.
Now that we briefly discussed when and where Luke Skywalker and Han Solo met, let’s analyze it more thoroughly! If you are interested in how their friendship developed, how old they were when they met, and how significant their meeting was, stay with us and keep reading!
Were Han Solo and Luke Skywalker friends?
When the two characters first met, they were complete opposites and butted heads quite frequently. Luke Skywalker wants to join the Rebellion from the film’s start and is very excited about following in his father’s footsteps of becoming a Jedi.
Han Solo does everything in this film for the money; he takes Obi-Wan and Luke for a fee, and his motivation for saving Leia is due to the possibility of a reward. This is also after some convincing from Luke, who wants to do the right thing and join the Rebel Alliance.
The two of them don’t really become friends till the end of ‘A New Hope.’ When Luke joins the Rebellion in the Battle of Yavin, Han Solo hesitates and is set to leave when he has his reward. This causes a major disagreement between the two, resulting in Han not being present during the attack on the Death Star.
That is until the end when Luke is in danger, and Han Solo comes back to help him during the battle’s end, leading Luke to destroy the Death Star. This is the start of their friendship that will evolve through the rest of the trilogy.
Several points during the trilogy show how close the two of them have become since the events of the first film. One is during ‘Empire Strikes Back’ when Luke gets attacked by a Wampa on Hoth, and Han is the only one willing to go out into the storm to save him.
This shows how much their friendship has evolved and how much Han has grown as a character, going from someone who only cared about the credits to someone willing to risk his life for his friend.
Through the years, they fought countless battles together against the Empire, with their friendship only evolving through time. Luke even trained Han Solo’s son, Ben Solo, before his tragic turn to the Dark Side. Fans were devastated that the two characters didn’t get a reunion in the sequel trilogy, especially with Han dying early on in the film at the hands of his son.
How old was Luke when he met Han Solo?
Luke was significantly young when he met Han; being only 19 years old, Luke was born at the start of the Empire’s reign. Before he met with Han, Luke was just helping his uncle work on his farm but was known for being a good pilot. Once he obtained both R2 D2 and C3PO, he discovered the message from Princess Leia and showed it to Obi-Wan Kenobi. This leads them to find Han Solo for a ship and starts the events of the entire trilogy and Luke’s journey to becoming a Jedi Knight.
How old was Han when he met Luke Skywalker?
Han Solo was 32 when he met Luke Skywalker, making him significantly older than Luke and Leia. Han Solo was roughly 13 years old during the rise of the Empire, meaning that, unlike Luke, Han was alive to witness the fall of the Republic. Before joining the Rebellion, Han Solo was a smuggler and did odd jobs for characters like Jabba the Hutt.
Why is their meeting significant?
If Han Solo had not met Luke Skywalker, the events of the original trilogy may not have gone the way they did. Obi-Wan and Luke needed a ship, and the only one they could get was the Millennium Falcon, so if Han hadn’t been available, they most likely would not have gotten to the Death Star, and Leia would have been executed. Luke would have still trained with Obi-Wan, but Han and Chewbacca probably would not have joined the Rebellion when they did, if at all.
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