Everything Star Wars Has Revealed About Shmi Skywalker

Star Wars has only told the story of Anakin’s mother, Shmi Skywalker, in reference books – here’s everything that has been revealed so far about her.

Here is everything Star Wars has revealed, so far, about Shmi Skywalker, Anakin’s mother. The Star Wars franchise has earned a certain reputation for the depth of its immersive universe, which cuts across countless different mediums. Sometimes it seems that every Star Wars character has a backstory, one that is ready to be told in one medium or another; when viewers saw Rogue One: A Star Wars StoryThey certainly couldn’t have expected one of the characters to have their own Disney + TV show. And yet, through it all, Lucasfilm has shown remarkable restraint when it comes to Shmi Skywalker, Anakin’s mother.

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In reality, little is known of Anakin’s family history. The surname “Skywalker” likely originates from a Force power, one commonly used to navigate the Unknown Regions. This vast area of ​​space was formed by a series of chained supernova explosions, which isolated it from hyperspace travel. There have been hints in the canon that the inhabitants of the Unknown Regions continued to interact with the rest of the galaxy for some time after the initial disaster, and the skywalkers were their guides and navigators. It is reasonable to assume that just as someone in the real world with the surname “Baker” probably has a baker somewhere in the family line, Shmi probably had a skywalker among her ancestors. However, there is no indication that Shmi herself possessed any power in the Force.

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Shmi’s story has only been really explored in reference material, such as Kristin Baver’s biography of the Skywalkers, Skywalker: a family at war. Here’s everything that has been revealed to date.

Shmi Skywalker had been a slave for a long time

Although slavery was technically outlawed in the Republic, in reality a large slave trade flourished throughout the Star Wars galaxy. It was centered in the Outer Rim, beyond the Republic’s sphere of influence, but the dark trade extended even to the Galactic Core; there were vast slave markets on the lower levels of Coruscant, ignored by the Jedi. Shmi Skywalker was not born a slave, but she and her family were captured by a roving band of pirates, and Shmi was sold as a slave; He never talked about what happened to his parents. Star WarsThe slave market appears to have been a terrifying place for a child, and the slaveholders treated their victims harshly. Years later, even towards the end of his life, the snap of an electro-whip would still cause Shmi to recoil in fear.

Shmi was sold from master to master, eventually ending up in the desert world of Tatooine. The first master in that harsh world was the gangster Gardulla the Hutt, who made Shmi live in communal quarters among other slaves and families. It was while she was a slave to Gardulla that Shmi became mysteriously pregnant, an event that she could not explain because there was no father. Gardulla eventually lost Shmi to Toydarian Watto as a result of a bet on a capsule race.

Shmi Skywalker brings her son Anakin

Anakin and Shmi Skywalker

Watto may not have been a kind teacher, but at least he gave Shmi and Anakin their own home on the outskirts of Mos Espa. The Skywalkers lived in a densely populated slum area, originally built by mining conglomerates as temporary housing for migrant workers. Still, it was the first time that Shmi had a place to consider a home of her own, and she did her best to raise her son Anakin there.

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Had he been born to the Republic, Anakin would have been recognized for his potential and included in the Jedi; but the Jedi did not travel to the Outer Rim, and few would show interest in a slum rat. As he grew older, Anakin demonstrated tremendous technical skills, an intuitive understanding of electrical engineering that was likely an early development of his Force sensitivity. Novel by Daniel Jose Older Race to Crashpoint Tower has revealed that some Jedi are related to the Force through technology, and it is reasonable to assume that young Anakin did as well. Watto quickly realized that Anakin was invaluable because of this gift, and as a result, both Shmi and Anakin benefited. Anakin built C-3PO, a protocol droid, to help his mother around the house; he dreamed of one day traveling through the stars with her in freedom, with C-3PO as a translator.

Shmi’s life after Anakin left

Finally, when Anakin was nine years old, Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn visited Tatooine. Qui-Gon was a nonconformist among the Jedi, sensitive enough to the Force to believe that the Jedi were lost and too entangled in galactic politics. He ran into Anakin and recognized him as the Chosen of an ancient Jedi prophecy; To Shmi’s delight, Qui-Gon found a way to free his son and take him away to train as a Jedi.

A few years later, EK Johnston’s Shadow of the queen tells the story of Queen Padmé Amidala’s retirement from Naboo, who sent one of her maids to Tatooine to find Shmi and free her. Unfortunately, she was unable to do so, because Watto had sold all of his slaves to pay off some gambling debts. It is unknown who Shmi was initially sold to, but luckily as a slave she encountered moisture farmer Cliegg Lars. He fell in love with her, bought her and set her free, and the two got married. Shmi became a loving stepmother to her son Owen.

The tragedy of Shmi’s death

As seen in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the ClonesShmi sadly had a tragic ending. Ten years after Anakin left, she was kidnapped by a gang of Tusken Raiders. They were intended to serve as bait for a trap and sadly, it was one Cliegg Lars dived into when leading a rescue party. Cliegg and his group were ambushed, and Cliegg was the sole survivor, although he suffered a lasting injury. The Tusken Raiders tortured Shmi, causing a series of Force visions to ravage Anakin Skywalker. He returned to Tatooine too late to save his mother, and she died in his arms. An enraged Anakin lunged at the Tusken Raiders, killing them all, men, women, and children alike, in his rage. Shmi’s death was a crucial step in Anakin’s journey to the dark side, helping to ensure his participation in the Star Wars saga.

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