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by Orpheus Tay
In a recent editorial, Four Finger Wu made a point that Ganon, too was mortal, as proven by the fact that he coughed up blood after his deathblow. I am replying not with the intent of attacking his editorial, but revealing another subtlety of that scene.
If you all remember, Zelda III and The Ocarina of Time occur later in time as a means to explain the rest of the series. Why is this so?
I think that the real power of the scene is realized when you think that The Ocarina of Time game showed the original ancestors of Luke and Zelda. Ganon utters his curse upon both of them as well as the Wise Men just as his life's blood spews from his mouth and he starts to die a miserable and lonely death. However, his curse WAS realized. Due to his course, Zelda and Link could never realize their true love because at the completion of each quest, Link would leave Zelda in order to guard the Master Sword or make sure Ganon remained sealed away. If you read the Nintendo Power's comic strip based on A Link to the Past, you will see a moment surprisingly sorrowful for a Zelda game. At the end of their quest and battle, Zelda (now the Queen) visits Link in the lost woods where he guards the Master Sword. She expresses regret that after their quest had ended in victory, he no lounger had time for her and their telepathic link was broken.
This is very important, because it can be seen to be the fulfillment of Ganon's curse. Ganon's curse was much worse than wishing the two destruction. He put all of his power into cursing them so that they could never truly experience the victory they won. Link is always prompted into action by Zelda's intercession. In Part III it was her psychic cry for help, and in the Ocarina of Time, it was a conversation they had as children and later, his witnessing of her escape with her nursemaid. However, at the end of each game, Zelda and Link, despite the close bond they share, NEVER fully realize their love.
Ganon's curse was a curse upon their relationship. The descendants of the 7 Wise Men were hunted down and captured and later vanish in Parts I and II (which occur AFTER III and the Ocarina of Time). Zelda becomes Queen, but no mention is made of a king. Link, after saving her and becoming her guardian, ends up leading the rest of his life as a wanderer or guarding a sword in a place no one knows exists. In the end, Ganon proved his power by voicing his utter hate for them at the last moment of his death. He separated them for centuries, forever making them repeat the quest but with no true intimacy allowed between them in the end. He makes their roads of life separate, so that Zelda becomes a lone Queen (whether or not she gets married cannot be proven....all we know is that periodically A Zelda is born as well as A Link).
I think that is why Ocarina of Time is the Oldest chronicle of Zelda and Link; the curse started there and continued into the future. The curse was that Ganon would always be reborn to threatem peace, and Zelda and Link would defeat him without being able to experience their obivous deep love for each other.
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