Star Wars: How did Maz Kanata obtain the Skywalker lightsaber?

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JUNE 27: Toy light sabers ar eseen at the Sons of Obiwan Saber Academy on June 27, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. The Sons of Obiwan Saber Academy is a volunteer organisation of Star Wars fans who use stage combat as a way to promote fun, fitness and education. The Australian designed and manufactured lightsabers used in classes are made from aluminium with poly-carbonate blades. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

The Janitor

If you’ve seen the Robot Chicken Star Wars parodies, you’ll recall the janitor that is constantly below-level of several key points in the saga.

He’s below when the severed halves of Darth Maul crash down next to him.  He’s present when an electrocuted Mace Windu falls to his death nearby. He’s even somehow sweeping up in the second Death Star when the Emperor comes flailing through the expanse to his end.

Maybe the janitor just happened to be in the right place at the right time to claim this important artifact. And given how little we know of this character’s story, he could’ve conceivably given it to Maz at any time over the more than thirty year gap between Empire Strikes Back and The Force Awakens.

Jokes aside, maybe there is a character we’ve not yet been introduced to who will serve to bridge this gap. Perhaps a character who began as a menial Cloud City maintenance man, but was thrust into a different life by the discovery of the Skywalker lightsaber. Luke was just a farmboy.  Anakin was just a slave.  Han Solo was just a gutter rat.  It’s no stranger than other character evolutions we’ve witnessed.