She's telling him to go home.
Hardly necessary or operative if she's going to magically send him there, which is your suggestion.
Okay, hold the phone, Mr. Guy. We need to have a little talking to.
Let's say Zelda STOPPED by saying, "Go return the Master Sword and close the time river thing!" Where in there is the remote suggestion that Zelda is saying, "Hey, Link, you're supposed to do that as a KID!"? It's nowhere. Can you imagine what Link would be feeling if, five seconds later after he had decided, "Well, let's go put the sword in the Temple of Time! And then back to make outs with the princess!" that he'd look around and realise that he's suddenly a kid again!? Without warning!? That'd be shell shock for the poor boy!
No, this line is bloody necessary... EVEN if only as a precursory warning that, "Hey, I'm-a gonna send-a you back-a, Link!"... but also to show that Zelda is a human being that literally cares about Link's emotions (something that has been shown to exist at some level for the rest of the game--and no, I don't mean in the shipper-sense, just in the watching over Link and being kind of a friend to him sense). Haven't you ever told someone that you were going to do something BEFORE you went and did it?
"...lay the Master Sword to rest and close the Door of Time
...by doing this, the road between times will be closed."
Pardon me, could you
pass the Grey Poupon
point out the words "split the timeline" in that sentence? Because, and I'll admit that, well, I'm no expert in English</sarcasm>, but that sentence seems to be telling ME... "Hey Link, I don't want anyone to time travel anymore. In fact, I have a dream... where all the black children and the white children live in a world of paradise... before any of this ever happened... and I wanna make that world... so I'm gonna split the timeline for ya... and then you need to ensure that no ones can ever time travel again! I have a dream!"
He's going to disappear from it in less than five minutes after returning to the past.
Okay. Pardon the sceptic in me: Why?
You don't have him splitting time until he returns the Master Sword to the pedestal, so you encounter the same problem, don't you?
Uhm, hello, no... that's not even remotely what I proposed.
Look at the graphic. Tell me WHERE in that picture I sent Link back in time... and then
split the timeline? It doesn't look like it shows that, Mr. Guy. In that picture, Zelda
splits the timeline BY sending Link back... and then when Link gets back... he only exists in the fragment timeline ONLY... and then he places the Master Sword in the pedestal.
I propose that Zelda doesn't literally send him back in time
that he places the Master Sword in the pedestal IN THE FUTURE, leaving it there in the Adult timeline for TWW.
This allows him to RETURN TO THE PAST, then close the door between times, splitting the timeline.
I'm not even going to debate this point. I believe that your argument packages the rebuttal to it in the same box.Honestly, there's delusion... and then there's just plain effed up. -.-
Edited by The Missing Link, 05 April 2007 - 11:29 AM.