The trip to the underworld is a mytheme of comparative mythology found in a diverse number of religions from around the world. The hero or upper-world deity journeys to the underworld or to the land of the dead and returns, often with a quest-object or a loved one, or with heightened knowledge. The ability to enter the realm of the dead while still alive, and to return, is a proof of the classical hero’s exceptional status as more than mortal. A deity who returns from the underworld demonstrates eschatological themes such as the cyclical nature of time and existence, or the defeat of death and the possibility of immortality.
Dave Filoni was never shy about being an enormous fan of Tolkien’s work such as The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings. Ahsoka went on a journey unlike any character within the IP of Star Wars or any fictional character for that matter. Many parallels can be spotted when her narrative is compared to that of Gadalf the Grey and later White.
Her duel with Darth Vader always greatly reminded me of the showdown between Gandalf and Barlog as seen in Felowship of the Ring. Not to mention the outcome of the said fight and the World Between Worlds episode of Star Wars: Rebels.
As your roads go ever, ever on, the Force will be with you, always.
The Ahsoka Tano standalone TV series is just around the corner and I simply can’t wait for it to come out, it is by far my most anticipated project in any medium.