I just wanted to reiterate some points I've been making in this thread, along with some new ones I didn't mention. Point 1) I
f you look at the start of LTTP--(I bring up LTTP since so many associate the IW backstory with OOT) Ganon has the WHOLE Triforce to himself inside the Sacred/Dark World. How did this happen when, if the Triforce split in three (in OOT), and then the ToC split into eight (sometime before TWW/Flood) when Link left...then in TWW the new Link reassembles the ToC, then impales and petrifies Ganon (who no longer had any Triforce piece, at the end of TWW)?
With that said people still put the games mentioned above in this order: OOT-MM-TWW--LTTP (I'm not disputing that order, it's fine with me). Looking at the TWW's ending, I couldn't help but wander how did a Triforceless, petrified, and submerged Gerudo end up trapped in the Dark World with the WHOLE Triforce at the start of LTTP, IF the LTTP IW backstory is referencing to OOT?
Possibilities: Perhaps the LTTP backstory is referencing OOT, after all the backstory only states that Ganon made a wish on the Triforce and was later sealed. The backstory does't state if the Triforce split on him or that he only had the ToP when he was sealed--it didn't state AT ALL how much of the Triforce Ganon had. So maybe small details like that were left out. Also, perhaps what happened in the LTTP backstory isn't the story of why Ganon is currently in the Dark World at the start of LTTP. Maybe the IW story was perhaps one of the most defining moments in the world of Hyrule and was it's grandest epic. So people always draw inspiration from that. Maybe some other event, that was on a minor scale than the IW, occured. Perhaps that event could explain how Ganon ended up in the Dark World with the WHOLE Triforce to himself. Point 2)
The above possibility sounds good but not quite. Especially if we take this quote in considertation (This is what the maiden at the Swamp Palace had to say to Link after being rescued in LTTP):
The Triforce will grant the
wishes of whoever touches it,
as long as that person lives...
That is why it was hidden in
the Golden Land. Only a select
few were toldof its location,
but at some point that
knowledge was lost...
The person who rediscovered
the Golden Land was
an evil thief named Ganondorf.
Luckily, he couldn't figure out
how to return to the Light
This maiden is referencing to the IW backstory told earlier in the game. As you play more and more into the LTTP, as the story unfolds, it appears that the IW backstory IS
the story of why Ganon is sealed in the Dark World at the start of LTTP. As you see she clearly mentions that since the time of IW, when Ganon was sealed, he hadn't found a way out.
So all those theories about OOT being the IW and other events involving Ganon in between the IW and LTTP would not be plausible. Why wouldn't OOT be the IW? Because after OOT Ganon breaks out, right? That sets the stage for TWW, right? But according to LTTP, Ganon has been in the Dark World sense he was sealed in the IW. Now this comes from a maiden, who is a descendant of the sages who sealed Ganon! (this has been stated in the GBA and SNES versions) Point 3)
Well, lets not forget about the interviews. The interviews stating that OOT is the IW. You must keep in mind that 7 Zelda games have been released since OOT, including one that came with an updated version of LTTP. None of these games seem to have even come close to tying up the inconsistencies that I have mentioned above. With the TWW's release, the creators have come even further off track from tying up some of those discrepancies. The point I'm making here is that the creators may have scrapped the idea of the IW being OOT. The trend in the last 7 games shows this. Point 4)
Also, here's another possibility as of to why OOT may not be the IW described in LTTP: (here's what Sahasrahla had to say after Link retrieved the Pendant of Courage in LTTP):
According to the tales handed
down by the Hylians, only the
Hero who has destroyed threegreat evils and won the three
Pendants can wield the sword... I see you have acquired the
Pendant of Courage. I will tell
you about the legend behind it. Generations ago, an order of
knights protected Hylian
royalty. These Knights of Hyrule were
also guardians of the Pendant
of Courage. It has been said that whenever
disaster waylays the royal
family, a Hero shall emergefrom the bloodline of the
Knights of Hyrule...
Unfortunately, most of themwere destroyed in the great
war against evil that took
place when the seven sagescreated their seal, so it
was thought a hero would
never again emerge...But lo! I believe you are our
hero, Link! Find the
There were no Knights of Hyrule guarding a Pendant of Courage in OOT. (which that and two other pendant are needed to retrieve the MS in LTTP--in OOT you needed three stones or something like that to get the MS and none of those stones were guarded by the Knights of Hyrule).