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Is there anything to show if Shmi Skywalker (Anakin's Mother) was Force-sensitive?

And, along that line, is there anything to indicate that the whole "virgin birth through midi-chlorian fiat" or the "virgin birth via Plagueis playing with the Force" would not be possible unless she were Force-sensitive?

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It is probably safe to say that she wasn't Force-sensitive, mainly because it further adds to the legend of Anakin, but I don't think it is ever truly established.

As far as your second question pertaining to the possibility of a non-Force-sensitive producing a messianic Force birth, The Darth Plagueis novel makes two things clear relating to midi-chlorians:

Midi-chlorians exist in all lifeforms, this is shown when Plagueis manipulates King Veruna's midi-chlorians (who did not possess enough of them to be considered to be Force-sensitive), which in turn slowly killed him. The other item that the novel establishes, is that Anakin was born as a direct result of midi-chlorians thwarting Plagueis' attempt at tipping the balance of the force towards the dark side.

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According to the Star Wars Episode I: Visual Dictionary

Shmi can always sense when Anakin is nearby, even when she cannot see or hear him

I think Shmi Skywalker is Force sensitive, just like Chirrut Îmwe

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    Or could it be that she only has the normal number of midi-chlorians but that Anakin is such a powerful presence in the Force that she can feel him anyway?
    – Valorum
    Oct 18, 2017 at 7:22
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Per the Legends* factbook Star Wars: Graphics, Shmi is not a 'Force Sensitive' (e.g. someone who can actively sense the Force) as she possesses a midi-chlorian count of just 3,300, less than half that needed to be classed as such. That being said, her slightly elevated numbers do suggest that she has a more general sensitivity to the Force.

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*Astoundingly, these figures seem to have been taken from the fake midi-chlorian numbers invented by noted Star Wars fabulist SuperShadow and should be treated with great caution.

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  • “Supershadow is canon.” Dec 30, 2021 at 15:17
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    @SillybutTrue - Well, published, at least.
    – Valorum
    Dec 30, 2021 at 15:38
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I think she is. When Anakin proposes he race for Qui Gon she says that Anakin is meant to help Qui Gon. I just can't think of any reason George Lucas used that wording given we know he changed McGregor's dialogue.

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  • This answer would be a lot better if you could find a quote from George backing it up.
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Jul 15, 2019 at 7:06

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