I got to thinking about Shmi Skywalker's impact on the saga and her background as it relates to the overall saga. Now of course we get very little in terms of her background, but there are some things you could speculate on in that regard. But nevertheless, when you really think about it, Shmi is the beginning of the Skywalker family in terms of the saga. Obviously she had a father and mother, but we will never learn about them. But she is the beginning of it all now that we have the Prequels to view. Shmi became the carrier of the Chosen One, Anakin who will bring balance to the Force. She is also the grandparent of the twins Luke and Leia, who help save the galaxy from the very darkness that will consume Anakin. Her grand child, Luke saves her son and he brings him back to the light. But also, by Shmi remaining on Tatooine, as she even stated to Anakin before he left, "My place is here". And how true this was, and the impact it would have on the saga, because had she been freed from slavery and left Tatooine, she would not have met Cliegg Lars and married him, and of course this would have meant Owen would not have become her stepson, and then Owen and Beru would not have been there to take in baby Luke to keep him safe and raise him. But by the same token, Shmi's death contributes greatly to how events shape up in the saga, as her death begins Anakin's path down the dark side, for which he will eventually become the evil lord, Darth Vader, Lord of the Sith. Nevertheless, Shmi in my opinion has a tremendous place in the saga, being the mother of Anakin the Chosen One, and the grandparent of Luke and Leia. I really appreciate Lucas doing the Prequels, because of the opportunity to meet Shmi, the mother of Anakin. Who of us ever considered or imagined that Darth Vader once had a mother when the OT came out?? So not only did we get to meet her, but also how she contributes greatly to how things turn out in the entire saga. Lastly, we will never get to know about Shmi's back history. We don't know at what point she became slave or whether she ever knew her own parents. But she did have the Skywalker name whereever she got it from. Also, it appears that she basically grew up in much the same way as did her son Anakin, with little or no family to speak of. So I can only imagine for her how special it was for her to marry Cliegg Lars, and gain an adopted son to fill the space in her heart for Anakin while he was away becoming a Jedi. Then to come to know Beru, who I am willing to bet she influenced her greatly, even in how she relates to and helping to raise Luke. I can just imagine how Shmi told Beru about Anakin, and then how this gives impact to her words about Luke to Owen in ANH, because we know she never really gets to know Anakin personally. "Owen, Luke's just not a farmer. He has too much of his father in him"! I do believe now that she knew this because of what she learned from Shmi in their time together. Again, Shmi has made a great impact to the saga, that perhaps could have been overlooked. But in time I think she will generate more discussions. Darth Sin!