A few things regarding the lineage of the Hero in TWW: there are two quotes in the entire game that claim that the Hero of Winds has no connection to the Hero of Time
. Two quotes
out of many, many quotes
regarding the Hero in general. So let's weigh those two quotes against the others.
That garb you wear... Could you be the legendary hero? Has the king at long last found the Hero of Time? What is the matter? Do you not understand the ancient Hylian tongue? So...you are not the Hero of Time.
At first, the Deku Tree believes Link to actually be
the Hero. He then asks, "Could you be the legendary hero? Has the king at last found the Hero of Time?" So we know, from this, that the king was supposed to find the legendary hero, and that that hero was supposed to be the Hero of Time. But, of course, when Link fails to understand the ancient tongue, the Deku Tree realizes his mistake. Link is not the hero of old.
But, then again, why would he be? It has been hundreds of years
since the events of OoT--the Hero should be dead by now. Perhaps the Deku Tree, like Jabun and the King, believed that the Hero they would find would be literally the same person
from the OoT legends--literally the very same hero
, returned to fight the very same Ganon that continues to threaten them. So that would, of course, obviously make him not
the Hero of Time--he's long dead. But, of course, they can cling to their unrealistic expectations.
Jabun: If you have sought me out...it must mean you have found the Hero of Time, does it not?
King of Red Lions: Unfortunately, that is not so.
Jabun: Then for what purpose have you come to see me?
King of Red Lions: The one I have brought with me has no connection to the legendary one. And yet I sense great promise in the courage that this one possesses.
From the discourse, we are again introduced to the expectation that the King, the Deku Tree, and Jabun all expected to find the actual
Hero of Time--literally, the same one from before. Of course, this expectation has not been met, but the King takes another extraordinary leap of faith by saying that this new boy has no connection
to the legendary one. He doesn't support this statement at all whatsoever--he just presumes it.
This is remarkably similar
to the Jewish Sanehedrin's opinion of Jesus Christ during the Biblical era. (Note that this is from a Christian standpoint.) The Jews interpreted the prophecy of the Messiah--the King of the Jews--as a sign of the coming of a great military leader who would deliver them from under their enemies' (the Romans') feet and build for them a magnificent kingdom. When they, instead, got the "son of a carpenter", a man who preached peace and compassion and nonviolence, and who accused even the clergy of false practices, they denied Him as their promised savior.
The King's opinion of the Hero is somewhat the same, only without the crass mistreatment and hateful propaganda--he's not receiving the glorious hero he expected, one who will smite Ganon under his heel--he's getting just a curiously courageous boy who wants to save his sister. Does this mean that he has no connection to the Hero the three Ancient Ones expect? Not necessarily. Even here the King admits to Link's extraordinary courage. In fact, TWW Link seems to fit the criteria of the Hero the King was meant to be searching for--the one to whom TWW Link apparently has no connection.
When the worst of all possible events comes to pass, and Ganon is revived once again...One shall seek the hero who is destined to defeat the great evil... That is the destiny the goddesses have placed upon the King of Red Lions. Since that day, he has been sailing the Great Sea in search of a young hero not unlike yourself.
Here it is revealed that the King was destined
to find this hero, the one they have perhaps mistakenly been calling the "Hero of Time." And I'm sure we all know that TWW Link, the Hero of Winds, is destined to defeat the great evil--since he does so at the end of the game. So, despite the King's skepticism, TWW Link is
the hero he was supposed to find. He even admits this when you assemble the full Triforce of Courage in front of the Tower of the Gods:
Oh! What is this? There, on your hand--the Triforce piece now dwells within you! It is the Triforce of Courage--proof that you are indeed the true hero.
Waitaminute--weren't you saying earlier that Link had "no connection to the legendary one", O mighty Masted One? I guess you were wrong, old man--Link is
the true hero, the one you have sought--you were just too short-sighted to see it. Notice also the King's apparent surprise that Link was actually able to carry the Triforce of Courage "within" him. Obviously he didn't expect this to happen.
Of course, the King of Red Lions is not the only character to name you the Hero. Several other characters from Ancient Hyrule, most, if not all of whom certainly had more contact with the Hero of Old (two of them being Sages) also name Link the Hero.
O Hero! Thank you! O Hero! Use the wind god's wind!
The quote FAQ has these words capitalized. A capitalized use of the word "Hero" generally denotes that somene's referring to the "legendary hero" of that era. Note that this usage comes long before any of the skeptical comments by the Deku Tree and the King of Red Lions.
O great hero, chosen by the Master Sword!
This sounds eerily familar. Where have I heard this before? This is an echo of Rauru's cry in OoT: "The Hero of Time, chosen by the Master Sword!"
The fact that this is coming from a Sage makes it even more significant than any of the other quotes we've analyzed thus far.
Are you the new hero?
The "new" Hero. As in, the successor to the old. This quote should pretty much stand for itself; TWW Link has inherited the destiny of the Hero. That in and of itself establishes a connection.
You have done well to find your way to this place. Oh chosen one... Accept this final challenge.
The path can now be opened. Oh chosen one... What will now happen is tied to fate. Go forward with caution.
Hell, even the gods think TWW Link is the chosen hero. They even go the final mile and add in the "tied to fate" line. The only "fates" tied to the hero that we ever hear of in this game are referenced in the Deku Tree's tale of the King of Red Lion's search for the hero who will defeat the great evil, and the following remarks by Ganondorf:
It can only be called fate...That here, I would again gather the three with the crests...That I should lay my hand on that which grants the wishes of the holder. That when power, wisdom, and courage come together, the gods would have no choice but to come down...The power of the gods... The Triforce!
He who touches it will have whatever he desires granted! Already, the crest of wisdom is mine... All that remains...
Do not fear. I will not kill you... I merely have need of the power that dwells within you. Now! Let us put an end to that which binds us together!
Ganon's remarks all suggest that the events that transpire atop the tower--the gathering of the three with the crests--are a repeat performance of the events that took place in the tower during OoT. He, Zelda, and Link are all "bound together" by the Triforces they carry. That they were "chosen by destiny", "determined by the gods" to inherit those pieces. Ganon has carried his since he took it in OoT; he has not perished, likely due to the seals that were cast upon him. Zelda's has been passed down through her family. Link's has lain at the bottom of the sea after being scattered during his journey away from Hyrule.
Given the nature of inheriting destiny throughout the rest of the series:
1) The Sages inherit their powers through blood;
2) The Royal Family inherits their powers through blood;
3) The Hero from ALttP inherits his powers through the bloods of the Knights;
we can deduce that this trend is probably universal. That, when their time comes, the Sages will be awakened from their respective families; the Royal Family's powers will be passed down throughout the ages; and the Heroes will pass on their legacy from generation to generation.
I have been waiting for you, boy. For one like you... Yes... For the hero. Do not betray my expectations.
Yes, surely you are the Hero of Time, reborn... Your time has come... Come now... Stand before me!
Surely Link is the Hero of Time, reborn...
Edited by LionHarted, 20 October 2006 - 01:03 PM.