I have the “High Ground” in deed. Scotland’s tallest mountain Ben Nevis, which stands at 1,345 metres above sea level is to have a bronze statue of Obi Wan Kenobi built on top of it’s peak in honour of Scottish actor Ewan McGregor according to Scottish newspaper The Scotsman. Ironically the mountain is known to locals of the surrounding area as “the Ben”.
The mountain is a popular destination, attracting an estimated 100,000 ascents a year. The 700-metre (2,300 ft) cliffs of the north face are among the highest in Scotland, providing classic scrambles and rock climbs of all difficulties for climbers and mountaineers. The mountain is all that remains of a Devonian volcano that met a cataclysmic end in the Carboniferous period around 350 million years ago. Wait a minute, volcano, Kenobi, it’s like it was meant too be:
Since the release of Revenge of the Sith, the quote “It’s over Anakin, I have the high ground” has gain major popularity. As not only was it “literally” Obi Wan stating the obvious but showing the Jedi Master’s moral high ground.
Ewan McGregor as you know, is most known for being cast as the young Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy, the character was originally played by Sir Alec Guinness in original Star Wars back in 1977, which his real life uncle Denis Lawson, had played Wedge Antilles. While the Prequel Trilogy was met with some criticism, McGregor’s performance was well received. McGregor just recently celebrated his 48th Birthday.
The decision to build the statue on top of Ben Nevis has been a long one, dating back to mid 2000’s. When fans started writing to the Scottish Parliament after the release of Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. But recent developments have came through thanks to a fan petition that reached 300,000 Signatures. As of writing the petition continues to gain support, even after The Scotsman had confirmed it’s construction.
When asked by The Scotsman in a recent interview about the statue Ewan McGregor had this to say:
“I’m both honoured and amused by it all. Obviously the character of Obi Wan Kenobi has had an impact on people, especially those that grew up with the Prequels. It’s heart warming really that fans of the character have done this all because of a line I said back in 2005. Now Kenobi can watch over all of Scotland from Ben Nevis, it’s highest ground.”
– Ewan McGregor
The life size bronze statue will cost £55,000 along with extra costs for transporting the statue up the mountain which will be airlifted to the peak via helicopter in early May.
I’m sorry, I can’t take this any further….
I’m sorry, I just couldn’t resist. The statue, the petition, the quote, the report from The Scotsman, it’s all fake. I did something similar last year, with the same god damn mountain. That Ben Nevis was going to be renamed Mount Kenobi in honour of Ewan McGregor. It’s just believable enough. But I couldn’t help myself. And if you clicked those links above, I hope you enjoyed the videos. Though everything about the mountain Ben Nevis was actual true. So some of it was true.
But this mock article has given me an idea, two in fact:
- Someone actually makes a real petition for a Obi Wan statue to be made for Ben Nevis. I’d be more than happy to share it and write about once it reached a decent size. Say a few good thousand. It would be good to write about it as fact and not an April Fools.
- The #KenobiChallenge. Okay hear me out. Say there’s some “high ground” near where you live, like a hill, a mountain or something. The challenge is upon reaching the peak you place a doll/figure of Obi Wan on the summit. Leaving a Kenobi on the high ground for others to come across. It could catch on. Imagine coming across a shrine of Kenobi’s on top of a hill or mountain, it would be pretty amusing. But it goes without saying, do it safely.
I do hope you had some fun and a giggle with this mock article today. Anyways, happy April Fools.
Written by: Connor Heggie