"Probably by a prank of the gods, the fellow, too, was somebody chosen by the gods to have power."
This is Jumbies translation, and I see no difference between "divine prank" and "prank of the gods". Seriously, all this translation does is strengthen my argument, as it states that they were chose to "have power", which simply means to...have power. Meaning they only got the power of their respective goddess and not a piece of the Triforce. You act as if he goddesses can only give out power by handing out pieces of the Triforce. The goddesses are omnipotent, they are all powerful, they can give their power to whoever they please. They don't need the Triforce to do so.
I know they're omnipotent, but WHY would they give their power in such a manner that time, and no other time in Hyrulian history? And besides, "probably", along with the context, makes me think it's just a poetic way of referencing a twist in fate. The Greeks had the same expression, and the Golden Goddesses don't seem like the type to just randomly pull pranks after 20 or so years of establishing them as distant, Deistic, Determinist deities.
Also, look at my post if you are still confused as to why Ockham's razor is useless in Zelda. Besides, if someone is multiplying entities for an explanation it is you. You claim they die and they are revived, but we claim they never die in the first place, thus using one entity to solve this mystery, so stop being hypocritical.
I claim they die because the dialog heavily, HEAVILY implies it, and they lost human form. You claim that all this "drama" and "elegant plot design" exists without any evidence. Ockham's Razor or not, that's not a good way to debate.
The purpose of the crystals in ALTTP was to simplify the appearance of the Maidens, as well as allow Link to effectively carry the maidens in his pockets. It was simpler to depict crystals on the item and map screens, as well as when the crystals spun around to break the barrier to Ganon's Tower.
From a gameplay perspective, sure, but we're talking about storyline. I highly doubt Agahnim figured, "Hm, we should turn them into little crystals so Link can carry them easier."
But as for the state of the Maidens inside the crystals, it could be that their souls are simply trapped or it could be that their bodies have been transformed to fit inside the crystals. It's like when Vaati was sealed inside the Four Sword; he wasn't killed so that his soul could fit inside the sword, his body was transformed to fit inside. Your argument is a possibility, but my argument is just as valid.
Vaati wasn't really "Transformed" to fit inside, since he was a gas anyway. If they didn't have to be killed, I don't see why being transformed into crystals would be necessary. Why not just lock them up in rooms, or atleast turn them into Dark World denizens like everyone else?
Because it makes the first part of the game more interesting for the player.
You're pretty much the only person who's ever brought up "drama" in LTTP, so either Nintendo is really that bad at conveying emotion, or drama wasn't on their minds at all. Giving Nintendo's success rate at putting emotion in their stories, I'll vote for the latter.
Or, he just released from their crystal prisons. The ending subtitle says "The king is revived.", not "The king and maidens are revived." after all. It's speculation that the Triforce was needed to break the crystals; I really don't see how this supports your argument.
The subtitle thing is true, but the fact that the crystals only broke after Link seized the Triforce, and that they're visually shown with the King, implies a causal relation. There's more to analyzing Zelda than the text. Besides, either way, the Triforce was used as a Deus Ex Machina to solve all the problems of the game. That's the whole point of that scene montage.
As said in the other topic, Ganondorf was able to conquer Hyrule with the ToP alone, but needed the other pieces to prevent others from contesting his rulership. That alone would be reason to take the other pieces in TP.
He probably either doesn't care due to being too arrogant, or he might not be aware, in this incarnation, that the Triforce pieces can be taken.
Plus, he was more concerned with the Power of Darkness than the divine power he had, Triforce or not. His own dialog seems to convey that he believes that the Goddesses basically CHOSE him to rule Hyrule, and if he's chosen by the Gods, how can anyone possibly stop him? I cite a case of "MacBeth".