Traveling to Hyrule...

Introduction and Index

This blog is a compilation of my personal favorite theories regarding the Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time that I have seen.

These have been copied directly from the source and have had no editing. Please note that many of these are quite dark, so continue with caution.


The Forest Temple

The Shadow Temple

The Shadow Temple (Alternate)

The Water Temple

The Spirit Temple

The Composer Brothers, Poes, and Dante the Gravekeeper

Secret Grottoes, the Cursed Family, and Gossip Stones

Connections with The Wind Waker

Gerudo Society and Dungeon Riches

Mythological Connections


Unfortunately, some of the original analyses have been lost, but continuations were made here. I decided to create this blog to present them in a more organized format and help make sure these do not get lost as well. There are more speculative theories within the link that I did not include here. Please note that at this time I have no intention of adding to this blog as I have already gone through all the material I started with.

The Shadow Temple (Alternate)

I also have a few theories on the Shadow Temple. Many people were saying that it seems like a torture chamber, and that the Composer Brothers were rebels against the Royal Family who built it, but I’m not completely convinced. For one thing, the inscription at the entrance of the graveyard says something like “Here Lies The Members of The Royal Family of Hyrule”. Would they really build a torture chamber near the place where they buried royalty? Also, the graves of the Composer Brothers are noticeably unique and somewhat nicer compared to the other graves. If they were traitors, they would not be so well memorialized. Then there’s the Triforce imagery outside of the Composers’ grave, and on the Ferry within the temple itself. The Triforce is a sacred, religious symbol in Hyrule, similar to the Cross or Star of David in Judeo-Christian society. Just as Christians probably wouldn’t post pictures of the cross all around a torture chamber, Hylians wouldn’t post the Triforce.

So, here’s my theory. The Shadow Temple is a mausoleum, constructed to hold the Kings, Queens, and highest ranking officials of Hyrule. The Composer Brothers, held in very high regard, yet not quite high enough to be buried with their Majesties, were buried just a few yards away. All the other members of the court were buried in the surrounding graveyard.

But what about the traps and torture-devices in the Shadow Temple? Well, think of the Pyramids of Egypt. They are filled with numerous booby traps and pits to prevent grave robbers. Surely, the Royal Family, like the Pharaohs of Egypt, would have been buried with much of their treasure. in fact, IIRC, the Shadow Temple has some of the best treasure chests in the game, and includes two of the game’s rare Silver Rupee puzzles. Obviously, with all the blood on the walls, these traps have worked very efficiently numerous times against would be grave-robbers.

Finally, we come to Bongo-Bongo. When we first see him, he is a cloud of purple smoke, flying out of the well. I think it’s reasonable to assume that our invisible, drum-playing buddy is the spirit of the rich man who owned the house where the well now stands. I think it’s also reasonable to assume that he might have once been a member of the royal family, possibly employed as an inventor, who helped design many of the traps in the Shadow Temple. It is also not too hard to imagine that he, and not the Composer Brothers, eventually betrayed the Royal Family (perhaps using his knowledge of the traps to rob the tomb himself) and was executed. They then destroyed his house, and hid his Eye of Truth within the well that they built in the place. They also hid the Hover Boots (another of his inventions) inside the temple. Soon, though, his soul resurfaced and attempted to exact his revenge on the Royal Family, raising the dead and frightening the citizens of Kakariko. The Sheikah were then called upon to seal him away in the well, and close off the entrance to the Shadow Temple to prevent the raised spirits from attacking.

As for the drums, I honestly have no idea. Maybe he was a part-time musician?

- JamesMcloud91

Mythological Connections

Wait a minute… I looked up the Leviathan term, and, in Jewish mythology, he is, as said, some sort of sea dragon or sea monster. However, also inJewish mythology, he is up there in the ranks with Behemuth and Ziz, who are also powerful and dominant beings created by God. If what phoenix said is true and the dragon head in the ater Temple is symbol or figure of the Leviathan, then there must be refereances to the other two. Afterall, all three dominated their dwellings, Leviathan being the Controller of the Waters and the Sea, the Behemuth of the Land and Mountains, and Ziz being the Head of the Air and Sky. As for appearances, the Behumuth comes in forms of a giant boar, dragon, hippo, or even a dinosaur whereas the Ziz can be seen as a type of bird, or a winged creature.

Anyways, if we have a Leviathan, there must be a Behemuth and a Ziz as well. Personally, I would relate the Behmuth with the Fire Temple, since Gorons are giant, dominant, and powerful land creatures, in which they can relate to their god, the Behumuth, Controller of Land. Although there’s no structured evidence, Behumuth could associate well with Volvagia, as he is known as a “dragon”, as well as Behumuth. However, since Volvagia is a monter, Behumuth may have turned traitorous, as Leviathan and perhaps Ziz, becoming the monsters they are now.

I would also associate Ziz with the Forest Temple, due to the high elavation of the Forest temple and the wonder it brings. The courtyards within it, as well as the Sacred Grove, bring open skies and fresh air, as skies and fresh air often relate to Ziz himself. The forest may have been an open, quiet, and secluded area where people could worship Ziz, Controller of the Skies, hence “Sacred” in the Meadow. The Castle may have been a worshipping place as well. Also, Ziz can be seen as the winged lion symbol in Christianity. Isn’t that same asymbol found on shields? Shields are found on knights, and knights are found in castle, protecting them.The guardians of the castle may as well have represented Ziz. Since the castle was so high and open, Ziz may have been welcomed till the end of the war within the Castle, where he abanonded the place when evil took control of it. And doesn’t Kaepora Gaebora, the owl, found frequently in the forest? Plus, he can fly, and he really could represent Ziz.

If Ziz, Behemuth, and Leviathan represent the Forest, Fire, and Water Temples the best, doesn’t that make irony? Afterall, the Gorons, the Zoras, the Kokiri all play major roles in the game, since you must collect their Spiritual Stones and are pretty much the main races the represent all sorts of things. It would only make sense the represent Leviathan, Ziz, and Behemuth with these three races, along with the Great Deku Tree, Lord Jabu-Jabu, and Volvagia, protectors of Hyrule.

- Coleby

That’s an interesting Idea, but wouldn’t it make more sense if Volvagia were the equivalent of Ziz? In that they are both dominant and both identify with the sky.

However if this were the case then the Behemoth wouldn’t have a logical counterpart in the Forest Temple, but possibly with the Shadow Temple and with Bongo bongo. Both beings are of great size and bestial, Bongo bongo being one of the most primal of the adult bosses.

- cybeleut

Gerudo Society and Dungeon Riches

The Gerudo are indeed extremely interesting, but I find it difficult to come up with any theories on them. I wanted to do some investigating in the game itself, but my television burnt out yesterday and I’m not going to be able to play the game until we either get it fixed or get a new one. I’ll write what I’ve thought of thus far, and then do some looking around later to see if I find anything else.

The Gerudo society is clearly matriarchal, being entirely run by females. They don’t show a lot of respect for men, but the one male that’s born every thousand (Or is it hundred?) years becomes their king. In Ocarina of Time, Ganondorf is their current king. The king, or Gerudos in general, must be expected to live a long time, since presumably one king would need to live the entire thousand years before the birth of the next one, in order to keep the society functioning. But if a king dies before those years are over, does the society fall apart? Obviously, during periods in which they don’t have a king to rule them, the Gerudos just choose one of the many females amongst them to be their leader. Since the Gerudos obviously don’t have a lot of respect for men, I wonder then if the king of the Gerudos is really the true ruler, or just a figurehead. In the case of Ganondorf, he obviously muscled his way to the top, but it may not always be that way. As far as I can tell, the only reason the Gerudos would ever need a king would be as a tool. If the rest of Hyrule is a patriarchal society, then a male ruler of the Gerudos would get a fair deal more respect than a female one. He would be able to form better relations with the king and with the Gorons and the Zoras.

Look around the Gerudo Fortress. If these women are thieves, where’s all their loot? They’re guarding mostly empty rooms. Ganondorf must have taken all the loot for himself, then, and hid it. Where? In the temples, perhaps. Now although this was edited in later versions of the game, the first version had the Muslim symbol of the moon and star on some of the switches, right? I think, if I remember correctly, you also see that symbol in some places around the Gerudo Fortress. It’s probably a Gerudo symbol. Since that symbol is on some of the switches in the early dungeons and the temple, Ganondorf probably installed them there. He put traps all over the place, and put in the switches to give himself a way to get around. Chances are, then, he probably hid a lot of the Gerudo’s treasures in the dungeons. There is some pretty nice stuff in some of them.

Not as much depth to those, but hopefully I can add to them when I’m able to do some investigating around the fortress.

- KingOfHyrule

Connections with The Wind Waker

Hmm, a little something I was thinking about concerning Volvagia. In the Wind Waker there were three guardian spirits: The Deku Tree, Valoo, and Jabun. Now in this game, two of those are present, but one is missing. The first of the two present is, obviously, the Deku Tree, guardian spirit of the forest. The Deku Tree dies in the beginning of the game, and seven years later a sprout grows. That’s probably the Deku Tree that we see in the Wind Waker. Jabun is a reincarnation of Jabu Jabu. They’re both giant fish, and the name Jabun is very similar to Jabu Jabu. Take out the second Jabu and it’s Jabun and Jabu. The only difference is one N. So there’s two of the three guardian spirits, but what about the third? It must be Volvagia. Perhaps I was wrong, and Volvagia’s initial purpose was to serve as the guardian spirit of the Gorons. Valoo in the Wind Waker is a red dragon, very much like Volvagia; and, like the Jabu Jabu and Jabun relationship, the names Valoo and Volvagia are very similar. Therefore, Valoo must be a reincarnation of Volvagia. I guess somewhere along the line after it was initially created, Volvagia became corrupted, and went on the wild rampage that caused the goddesses to seal it away beneath the Fire Temple. I wonder what happened. Maybe someone called him a bad name, or something.

- KingOfHyrule

Secret Grottoes, the Cursed Family, and Gossip Stones

Well, having covered everything I can think of about the temples, I’m just going to go over a few other points that were interesting to me. First of all is the cursed family of the Spider House and the Gold Skulltulas.

I believe that during the war people fled their homes and hid many of their belongings in underground caverns, then covered them up. These are the many grottoes you can find throughout Hyrule Field and elsewhere. Yet, strangely, all that stuff is still in those holes. There were probably a number of things that might have occurred, with different cases for different people. Some might not have been able to find where they had hidden their treasures, and gave up; others were so ecstatic about the war being over that they forgot about the treasures they had hidden; and others still probably just died during the war. Anyway, along come the family in the spider house. They tell you they’ve been cursed because of greediness. What sort of greediness? Well, I would guess that they went around with their equivalent of a metal detector, the Stone of Agony, found people’s treasures, and dug them up to keep them for themselves. It seems they kept some of the treasures they found: An adult’s wallet, a giant’s wallet, some Bombchus, a Piece of Heart, and a bunch of huge rupees. Remind me while we’re helping these thieves? To get what they stole from other people? Yeah, and I thought Link was a hero. Shame on you, Link.

Hey, how about those Gossip Stones? And that Mask of Truth? It seems that Gossip Stones are used as time-telling devices, but why are there so many of them hidden in secret grotoes around Hyrule? It’s the equivelent of taking a clock, throwing it in a hole, and leaving it there. Well, this probably also has something to do with the war. Along with hiding their treasures in underground caves, people probably hid themselves in them too, to escape from the violence. They brought Gossip Stones in with them as a means to tell time. There are, indeed, Gossip Stones in some of the oddest places. Of course, people weren’t just going on vacation here (Yay! I want to go spend a week in a hole for Spring Break!). They were hiding from a war, so they would go anywhere. That means on top of unscalable cliffs, or wherever. Oh, and these people needed someone to talk to while they were sitting alone in a cramped hole for a few months, so they brought Masks of Truth (These were probably made in mass quantities at the time) to talk to the Gossip Stones. Also, notice how something weird happens when you plant a bomb near a Gossip Stone? It glows blue for a few moments and then shoots off like a rocket. Chances are, this was used as a distress signal. If there was something wrong, you could shoot off your Gossip Stone and people would come running. Look in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a nose! No…wait! It’s a…what the **** is that?

- KingOfHyrule

The Composer Brothers, Poes, and Dante the Gravekeeper

Runite, you actually hit very close to something that I was thinking about when I wrote about the Composer Brothers last night, but you may have gotten even closer to the money. The whole thing comes together with some thinking I was doing about Poes, as a matter of fact.

Under what circumstances does a person have to die to become a Poe, as opposed to becoming a mindless undead creature like a Redead, or simply an inanimate corpse smoldering in a grave? I think that Poes are born when a person dies leaving something unfinished, or had something they still needed to do, perhaps they had something to protect. Phoenix speculated that the four Poe sisters in the Forest Temple existed for the purpose of gaining revenge on the invaders that beat and raped them to death. That was the reason that they became Poes. Each of the Poes in the graveyard has something left unfinished as well, but what?

The Composer Brothers were both Poes, which would mean they also had something left unfinished. Now as you were saying, Runite, if you go into their grave, it’s not a normal grave. What do I mean by that? Well, there’s Redeads walking around and there are pools of boiling slime on the floor. I’m not sure what’s NOT wrong with that picture. Anyway, that grave was probably never intended to be a grave at all. Perhaps the crazed fanatics ran out of rooms to torture people in the Shadow Temple and used the grave as an extra space. You see how you can pull it backwards? The hole and everything beneath it were probably the first things present in that graveyard. When they were done using that space, they covered it over half-heartedly with a tombstone. Since there was a tombstone there, it just looked like the beginning of a graveyard. Later, it was expanded on. In fact, it even became the burial place of some of the members of the royal family, looking at the grave in the back.

So why did the Composer Brothers become Poes? Here’s where that betrayal idea comes in. The Composer Brothers made a song that could be used to fight against the moaning, rotting minions of the royal family and their fanatical followers. When they were caught, they were executed and thrown in what had formally been a torture chamber. Indeed, it makes sense. After all, they were renowned for their music. They created songs which were very helpful, songs that allowed the fanatics to communicate amongst themselves and one even to protect them against the horrors that they created. So why, then, would the Composer Brothers be buried in a tomb that had formally been used as a place to torture nonbelievers, a place where Redeads walk amongst pools of stinking slime and the bones of poor souls litter the floor at the front entrance?
So what, then, is it that the Composer Brothers have left unaccomplished? What is the reason that they are Poes? It is likely because of the Sun’s Song. They must stay behind to make sure that it does not fall into the wrong hands. When you near their grave they come forth to challenge you. They are looking for someone who is worthy of entering and learning their song.

That brings us to the topic of the other Poes in the graveyard. These poor, deceased souls seem to be wandering around at random, and seem to have no reason for their existence. It can only be that they have become Poes in order to protect the Sun’s Song with the Composer Brothers. They come forth to attack anyone who nears the grave of the Composer Brothers, for fear that someone might see it is movable and pull it back, to find themselves looking at the remnants of the horrors that occurred many years past in the Shadow Temple. If some innocent person were to stumble upon such a thing, it would strike fear in the villagers of Kakoriko and make them wonder what truly happened in the cave above the graveyard that they have long been told was a mausoleum for nobility long deceased.

But under what circumstances did Dante the grave keeper die? What allowed him to become a ghost, but not a Poe? But let’s skip away from that for a moment and look at Dante’s grave. It’s a complex maze of tunnels and passageways with only two exits, and only one that can be used as an entrance: the hole in the graveyard and the door in the windmill. But ask yourself this: what kind of tomb has two exits? Only one that was never meant to be a tomb at all, but perhaps an escape route. The cult operating the horrors of the Shadow Temple likely knew that things would not be pretty for them if anyone ever found out what they were doing. They needed a way to get away fast if there was any trouble. They built a secret escape route that led into the windmill, something to use as a last resort. They knew their way through the complex maze beneath, but others did not. People that attempted to chase after them would become lost and forced to turn back. Who would guess that it led out to the windmill?

I do not believe that Dante was buried in the tomb that you find him in. He chose it, and for a purpose. It was for that same purpose that he opted to be the grave keeper. He knew about the horrors that had occurred in the Shadow Temple. Perhaps he was a descendent of one of the fanatics and had learned about the whole thing from reading a diary of his ancestors. However it happened, he knew, and he wished to protect the secret. Upon his death he chose the tomb that he knew had been used as an escape route, and he stationed himself there to protect it and make sure that no one learned it was connected to the windmill. Anyone who was worthy of finding out, he figured, could surely best him in a race. The rest he would chase away without thought. Dante was fast, and seemed to enjoy racing. He could have challenged anyone who came upon his tomb to a duel, or a game of cards, but he chose a race. At first he offered the hook shot up as a prize, but even after it was claimed he allowed Link to race him every time he returned. My guess is that Dante was a very good friend of the running man. Perhaps he knows the secret to beating him to the bridge.

Anyway, Dante likely became a regular ghost instead of a Poe because he rigged it for himself. He set himself up to die in the grave of his choosing and had a plan for what he would do after his death. I guess in doing so, he met conditions that allowed him to be a normal ghost after his death, one who did not wander solemnly for eternity with a lantern, cackling and attacking unsuspecting souls who entered the graveyard.

Well, that’s about everything I have to say about the Shadow Temple. To me, it definitely comes off as having the most depth out of all of them. It’s a very mysterious place.

- KingOfHyrule

The Spirit Temple

No, I did not die. But I finally have time after two essays, a lab report, and two problem sets.

The Spirit Temple is now used as a thieve’s hideout. A good location too, as the majority of people can’t cross the Haunted Wasteland, as they have neither the Hover Boots or Lens of Truth. What was the Spirit Temple used for before the thieves? It probably was a temple, built for worship. Two giant goddesses can’t exactly say it any better. Nor can walls of scripture in the goddess chamber.

This dungeon is, without a doubt, one of the most religious, right up there is the Fire Temple. We all remember that crescent and star symbol, now symbolic of Islam (although originally Islam didn’t want a shape as a symbol, just submission and the words of the last prophet). Considering the very Middle Eastern feel and design of Zelda games as a whole, this is not surprising at all.

Now, the big difference between the Spirit Temple and many others is its duality. There’s a child and adult half. The east and west wings have very similar architecture (although different puzzles, no doubt). There are two dungeon items. Even the boss is a duality, fire and ice. Why is this so?

The dungeon itself is quite symmetrical, if you drew a line straight down the middle, although not perfect. There are a total of three throne rooms, one in the east wing, one in the west wing, and one behind the statue’s head. Another important tidbit is that behind the thrones are weapons, axes in cross shapes. Weapons? In a temple of prayer?

Another note to point out is within the room with the moving walls you have to climb. Look at the crown molding. See the skulls? I didn’t notice them either until I went to search for details. Another room, the single highest room on the fourth floor where you lower the floor to reach the statue’s face, also has the same crown molding. Both rooms are found right dap in the middle of the line of symmetry.

Weapons on the side and skulls in the middle? Have we witnessed a battle inside the temple? As much as I would like to stay away from a subject like this, this seems very reasonable. Two thrones, maybe for two important figure heads, fighting it out. Who won? The third throne, the one in the middle.

I’ve pretty much just had a huge brainstorm. Koume and Kotake. They sat on the two thrones, hundreds of years ago, and fought for dominance of the Spirit Temple. After the battle, when they made peace, the fused to become Twinrova, who now sits on the central throne, symbolic of being half of each person. Duality, duality, duality.

The crescent and star symbol of the Spirit Temple. A star is generally an extruciatingly hot place whereas a moon is generally barren, cold, and lifeless. Fire vs Ice. Two witches of magic. The juxtaposition of the star and crescent symbolize Twinrova. And what about the two statues? Were they representations of Koume and Kotake? One outside, basking in warmth, another inside, wrapped in a snake, sucking the heat away. And hundreds of years back, when something could not be explained, like magic, people associated it with a supernatural power. Were Koume and Kotake confused to be beautiful goddesses, before they turned old and gray and ugly?

Therefore, I paint the picture like this: Koume and Kotake could use magic and were revered as goddesses, the Spirit Temple built for them. The worshippers, stupid as they are and still are today, fought over which goddess was better. Koume and Kotake also probably had a hand in the squabbling. A truce was made and the two witches fused into one, which explains the third throne.

A few more interesting details to note. The giant statue outside of the temple, the right side has crumbled. Did that side lose the fight? Also keep in mind that the majority of the dungeon is accessible by Adult Link, the statue’s left side, and probably the more significant half of the two. The right hand merely holds Silver Gauntlets, which were only used to push at least one block in the whole dungeon. The inside statue only has a key inside a chest on the right hand. Back outside, the left hand holds the Mirror Shield, used much more extensively than the Silver Gauntlets and is thus probably more important. Likewise, the inner statue has the Triforce on the left hand. This really makes me think the west wing of the statue was the losing side, but compromise was made anyways.

Finally, just above the entrance, we see a small bird object (it has wings and feathers) but a Triforce as the face. Inside, we can find the exact same figure except a single eye replaces the Triforce. What are these things?

I guess I shall examine the serpent motif seen throughout the Spirit Temple. Strictly sticking to Judeo-Christian and Islamic views of the serpent. There are many different meanings, but looking back at the very first example of the serpent, it is that which gave the first humans knowledge of good and evil, knowledge only previously possessed by God. Needless to say, the snake is also evil.

Koume and Kotake, two flying witches (hence the wings), knowledgable and wise in magic and power (hence the Triforce and eye). But snakes? Koume and Kotake are evil beings. But the believers knew that. Did the Spirit Temple house an occult following, or satanists, or something of the sort? Well, that’s for another time.

IMO, not quite as interesting as my others. Then again, the only one I really liked was the Forest Temple. Meh, I get it over with. Don’t know about the Fire Temple. Someone else already did one, so I’ll post of link of it once I find it.

- phoenix85044

The Water Temple

First, the main question is, what is the Water Temple supposed to be? Fire Temple looks like a jail of somewhat (with funny obstacle courses), Shadow Temple is similar to a mausoleum (but likely used for other purposes), Forest Temple is easily a castle, and Spirit Temple actually looks like a true shrine of worship. The Water Temple is somewhat out there. One cannot easily identify it with any actual buildings. If anything, considering how well in tact it is, some of the water changing mechanisms, even the basic architecture (all designed with Zora use in mind), it might actually be a real temple.

Now, then, I suppose I should start pulling together ideas. Where is this Water Temple located? Under a large island, with a gigantic tree on top. How are islands formed? Generally speaking, a simple accumulation of earth can form an island. But the Water Temple, it is completely buried under the earth. In fact, in that giant central chamber (not the central tower) it seems as though earth has fallen down on the sides, covering the beautiful blue brick. Perhaps not volcanic activity, but tectonic activity. It is more than possible that Hyrule is on or near the edge of two tectonic plates, as Death Mountain is still active. Thus, I think that the Water Temple was actually built above ground first, and then sunk, covered by the island. I guess, that would make the Water Temple a sunken city of sorts.

If my concept of the sunken city is correct, it would explain the multitude of rooms (most likely converted to something other than residentials/stores/etc now). An underwater civilization, like the Zora, is quite likely to have a multi-level city, as gravity simply isn’t as much trouble for them as it is for land dwellers.

If earth did fall down and sink this city, regardless of species, deaths would happen (oh noes, it’s starting to look grim again). Perhaps that is why the Water Temple is quite like an actual temple, it is like holy ground, in rememberance of those Zora who were crushed under the falling earth. All that earth also explains those very random boulders falling out from nowhere in the room with the whirlpools and six tektites.

Why did the Zoras convert the sunken city into a temple? A temple is a place of spirituality, but for whom? Who are the Zoras worshipping? The dragon heads most likely, who I suspect to be Leviathan, the only great sea creature that the dragon heads remind me of. Leviathan has been described in many different shapes (whale, crocodile, a simple large monster) but a fairly prominent concept is the snake form. Skipping Sunday school, Leviathan was a huge sea monster, capable of unspeakable destruction.

And that destruction was of the Water Temple. The Zoras, perhaps to appease the God of Leviathan, built a temple for him out of the ruins of the sunken city. Whether or not a Leviathan actually did destroy the city is not an important issue right now (I doubt there were Leviathan in Lake Hylia). That is why there are dragon heads every, why whirlpools are abound (Leviathan was said to devour ships via whirlpools), to give tribute to their god.

My analysis probably could end here, but I have given it a bit more thought than that. Remember the room where you fought Dark Link? A single tree on an island, in the middle of vast waters, endless, endless waters. Does that island with a tree look familiar? Why, it actually looks like the island the Water Temple is under. This brings up the water changing mechanism.

The Water Temple, after the curse was broken, refilled Lake Hylia. Who is to say that is the extent of the temple? Maybe that is what the water changing mechanics signify, a flood. The potential cause of said future flood? Leviathan, in the eyes of the Zora. Not only is a temple a place of worship, it is often considered a body of worship, as if to signify the actual god. If Leviathan were to end the world through a flood (never read of that happening, but possible), then he would be the only thing left alive, his body the Water Temple, symbolized by that lone island in the room against Dark Link. When Link defeats Dark Link, the images of the flood and single island disappear. It is almost as though Dark Link were Leviathan, whom, if destroyed, cannot cause the flood. I feel as though the Zoras do not wish to flood the world, because Dark Link, evil, is the one who brings the flood. Does this have anything to do with THE Flood? Did the Zoras change “religions” and thus change form because they felt Leviathan destroyed the world? One can only speculate.

But now, the Zoras have mostly left the temple. Most live in upper Zora’s River. There, they have found a new god, Jabu Jabu. But have they actually found a new God? Surprisingly, Leviathan has also been said to be a great fish or whale, in general. Is Jabu Jabu the Leviathan? Of course no;, the dragon heads do not look much like Jabu Jabu at all. Maybe Jabu Jabu is a “new” Leviathan to worship, a different type, one who is not destructive, but is the protective guardian of the Zora. I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather worship a god who protects me, not ultimately destroys me.

I feel as though I’m really stretching this time, like really, really stretching it. But I simply can’t think of what the Water Temple actually is besides a temple. Hope you enjoy this. It kinda ends far away from the Water Temple, though.

- phoenix85044

Theres one thing I noticed in the Water Temple though, the spirit temple symbol is shown on the side of the floor when you rise up through the water, this could be representative of duality within the temple itself—as though at one point the Water Temple could have been an annexe to the Spirit Temple. This could show that the two temples were built at the same time and could represent duality within themselves, the land devoid of water and the land overrun by water, both being places of worship to the Goddesses. Also the gift for completing the Water Temple is Fire Arrows, another instance of dualism.

This could mean that the Water Temple was either built by Gerudo inhabiting the Hylia region, or as a unison between the Zora and the Gerudo.

- cybeleut

The Shadow Temple

supposed someone did request this. But I really only thought through the Forest Temple a lot, not so much the Shadow Temple, or any other Temple for that matter. They simply don’t have as much to tell, IMO.

Shadow Temple, a mausoleum in the back of the Graveyard, quite literally a house of the dead. Everywhere inside the Shadow Temple (ST from this point on), there are ghouls in the walls and fake walls that tell you about the blood of Hylians from ages past.

The walls in some of the rooms are made of the bones of the dead, mostly skulls. Most importantly, Dead Hand’s room. It attacks by biting you, as if trying to eat you. It seems as though, then, that Dead Hand was fed people. Basically, the preceding rooms would scare captives, destroying their nerves, with skulls on the walls, a few of them with glowing eyes. Then, they would be forced into Dead Hand’s room, bars preventing their escape. Dead Hand would eventually rise up and feast on their bodies, probably adding it to the walls (I get the feeling that the room is supposed to actually be surrounded by mounds of bones, not walls, but N64 texture is so limited). The red wounds on Dead Hand were most likely caused by captives who tried to retaliate, cutting Dead Hand’s body and arms.

To progress, one must go to a giant head with arms, his tongue as a platform to reach with the Sacred Feet. Why is it a tongue and mouth? Demons in many cultures are said to devour the living and quite literally, you are entering the darkness, to be consumed by it. However, in the end, I feel this was, once again, just a decoration.

We find dual reapers with giant scythes. This room may have been used to behead captives in droves, but considering how easy it is to avoid the scythes, it is unlikely. There is a shortcut to the ferry from this room, and that was probably the main purpose. The second time we find scythes, they are invisible.

Then there’s the Rain of Pain. Potentially a very useful killing device, it would stab through everyone below. It that did not kill them, the shear weight of the Rain of Pain probably would. There seem to be a few jails in here as well. I wonder what they might serve. Why would Hylians jail people here? I’ll answer this later.

Gigantic skulls can be found. They would most likely strike terror into anyone’s heart. Why is there fire inside? Why, to throw bodies into it, of course. Anyone thrown inside would be burned alive, without any chance of crawling out. Perhaps a cremation device, although I’m not sure how Hylians would empty it.

Finally, we reach the ferry, and everything will soon start to come together. The ferry is simply a ride across Styx to reach the Hell at the end. We see the giant bird, although why it is here is still unknown. There is, ironically, a symbol of the Triforce on the ferry. The ST is the domain of the Goddesses? Perhaps. Or maybe it’s just the domain for those who worship the Goddesses.

At the very end of the ferry, there is a large gap. It looks as though there used to be a bird statue that acted as a bridge across. It has most likely fallen apart and crumbled into the abyss. The bird, I suppose I should say now, is likely either a raven or crow, two birds often associated with the darkness. I personally think it’s a crow, as the name of a flock of crow is “murder.” It has appeared as a statue at the very beginning, on the ferry, and here as another tall statue.

Finally, I can start pulling threads together. In the very back, there is a small maze. We have three rooms. One has closing spiked walls, a dirty way to kill off captives; another has three spinning giant skulls, more cremation devices (?). But the last room is the most interesting. There’s a bloody cross in the middle, and lots of blood everywhere. Unlike the other rooms and devices (the dual reapers, the Rain of Pain, the spiked walls), people were killed here by other people. There’s no special device or anything. Hylian hands basked in the blood of others. This is likely either a torture room, a twisted crucifixion, or just a murdering chamber in general.

I’m personally guessing it’s an interrogation room. Captives were tied or crucified onto the wooden stakes and then questioned to help gain vital information for the long war. Perhaps then, all the other rooms weren’t for any practical purpose besides one: to strike ultimate terror into the hearts of the captives of war. First, they are eaten by a giant demon head. Then a few captives would have to be examples. A couple beheaded by the dual scythes (even scarier when a person’s head just flies off, as you can’t see the scythes), a few impaled by the Rain, some thrown into the spiked wall room (most likely trying to claw their way out, screaming for help, and then their voices dying off as their tracheas are stabbed and crushed). Those guillotines, so improperly placed along the path, were meant to strike fear, not heads. Even the ferry was meant to remind captives that they were going straight to Hell. This would all lead to more efficient interrogation.

And that would make the Hylians keepers of Hell, that Triforce symbol so symbolic of this. Zelda’s ancestors were likely to be sadists, who, after winning the war, likely toyed with their prisoners. Any bodies were at first likely cremated or fed to Dead Hand. Eventually, the Hylians most likely just threw them into the abysses.

This is why evil began to emanate from the ST. Of course, the ST was probably never meant for this. It is a mausoleum, first and foremost. A mausoleum is traditionally a tomb for important people, respected people. The respected people would be the warriors who died protecting their land. Suddenly, it is filled with the blood of the enemy, the captives thrown in here at the whim of the sadist Hylians. This burial is now defiled. The spirits of the dead soldiers most likely rose up to retaliate. They came back as Gibdos and ReDeads (not Link-humping fangirls, I swear). The Stalfos are probably a few of the armored soldiers, pissed off at the desecration.The manifestation of hate towards the Hylians is Bongo Bongo. A faceless monster, he represents the faceless warrriors who have died, anonymous to the Royal Family, their bodies lost in Hell. He has a singular red eye that scowls at you. Red is the color of blood and death, flesh and life. That single red eye nearly looks like it’s blooming. A red rose, perhaps? A red rose is a symbol of socialism; I suppose that would refer to all the souls of the angered warriors, joining their hate together as one. Finally, Bongo Bongo’s hands beat a drum, maybe a war drum, to call to action the dead spirits to kill all the noble Hylians who have disgraced the dead.

This is why the ST was sealed off. Sheikah, who are not Hylians, could probably more freely enter the ST, as the hatred wasn’t totally directed towards them. That is how Impa could probably seal off the evil. But, interestingly, there are a few seals. First off, the actual passage to the ST is inaccessable; one generally needs a teleportation song to reach it. Secondly, a giant door seals the actual interest (sealed with the symbol of the Sheikah, no doubt, it is their magic). Finally, the only way to open the door is with a Fire spell, whose conveniently found within Hyrule Castle gates, behind a giant boulder. The sign next to the boulder even attempts to discourage others from approaching by merely listing it as a dead end. This provides a few hurtles to leap before releasing the evil in the Shadow Temple.

But, of course, Bongo Bongo was sealed in the well, not in the Shadow Temple. The well was probably an extension of the Shadow Temple, as there are torture rooms down there. There aren’t many abysses, so the Dead Hand here probably feasted on more flesh than the one in the Shadow Temple. The very bottom of the well, the claw-shaped caves, were probably death pits to throw prisoners into.Although we are not told the actual seal the Sheikah used to contain Bongo Bongo, one could have been the water of the well. Perhaps a vain attempt to wash away the blood on the hands of the Hylians, the Royal Family.

IMO, I pile of garbage lays before my eyes. I truly can’t think of anything dark, evil, witty, entertaining, or anything about the Shadow Temple. The only interesting observations I make would be the origin of Bongo Bongo, but besides that, I really don’t know. The Forest Temple actually looked like a true castle, and is much more interesting to write about. A mausoleum is just another big tomb. If possible, I would have loved to relate this to Egyptian tombs, but nothing indicates that, despite the Arabic motif of the Zelda games.

Bleh, I suppose I’ll only write about dungeons which I feel have some deep, not-so-easily recognizable secrets. Most of the this was stating the obvious. I would GREATLY appreciate other’s interpretations, I think mine just plain sucks.

- phoenix85044