My little tribute to the series! I always thought they were badassery, but they have a surprising history behind it. The first lightsabers were merely for ceremonial purposes, as they had to be plugged in and overheated quickly, but soon, power sources were smaller and they could be recharged when they were turned off.
The implimentation of a double blade by the fallen Jedi Exar Kun during the Great Sith War brought new forms of combat to the galaxy. Two blades for the price of one!
The multiple forms from the Shii Cho to the Makashi to the Vapaad created by Mace Windu turn lightsaber combat into an art and ballet as much as actual fighting.
The Lightsaber might be scoffed at by strangers to the series, but they will always be central to the storyline. We know it, we love it, and it will always be there for us!
There is no emotion, there is peace
There is no ignorance, there is knowledge
There is no passion, there is serenity
There is no death, there is the Force