The Temple of Time. A building that has reappeared in the Legend of Zelda franchise many times and arguable one of the most important temples of all time. (haha time pun) This is were the biggest event for the Legend of Zelda timeline occurs. Its first appearance was in the Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time in 1998.
Before I get deep into this, let’s start with what we do know about the Temple of Time. In Ocarina of Time, Young Zelda told Link “…the ancient Sages built the Temple of Time to protect the Triforce from evil ones.” We later find out that the Sages are: Rauru, Sage of Light, Saria, Sage of Forest, Ruto, Sage of Water, Darunia, Sage of Fire, Impa, Sage of Shadow, Nabooru, Sage of Spirit and Zelda, leader of the Sages.
We also know that “…the Templ of Time is the entrance through which you can entrée the Sacred Realm from our world.” AKA Hyrule. Zelda goes on to explain, “But the entrance is sealed with a stone wall called the Door of Time. And in order to open the door, it is said that you need to collect three Spiritual Stones.” As the Great Deku Tree had told Link before he left, one of these spiritual stones was the Korkiri’s Emerald. The other two stones are the Goron’s Ruby and Zora’s Sapphire.
“And the other thing you need…is the treasure that the Royal Family keeps along with this legend… The Ocarina of Time!“
After Link collects the three Spiritual Stones and returns to Hyrule Castle, he finds it under siege, for the evil Ganondorf has attacked. Zelda flees, leaving the Ocarina of Time behind for Link. Quickly Link goes to the Temple of Time, places the stones on the pedestal before the Door of Time and plays “the Song of Time”. The door opens revealing the evil banishing blade, the Master Sword.
Without hesitation, Link pulls the sword from its pedestal. Link awakens seven years later, as an adult, and finds himself in the Chamber of Sages located the Temple of Light. (I will get to were this is soon) He meets Rauru the Sage of Light, who explains to him that Link is the Hero of Time and how he must awaken the other sages in order to defeat the now dubbed “King of Evil”, Ganondorf, who has stolen one of the Triforce pieces; the Triforce of Power. Rauru also tells Link that if he ever wishes to return to the past, he must simply return the Master Sword to its pedestal.
Ok, now that we’re all up to speed, let’s get to it.
Now the first thing I want to address, are these little weirdos…
Or more specifically Ooccoo, the Oocca whom asks for Links help throughout the game Twilight Princess.
When you first meet Ooccoo in the Forest Temple (if you find her here) she claims she is looking for something, something her kind left somewhere on Hyrule, in hopes it will help her get home. We know that when you go to the Temple of Time and open the path to the Temple of Light, Ooccoo quickly runs into the temple. You find her on a stair case were she says she sure that what she is looking for is in this temple. We later find out that it’s the Dominion Rod that she has been looking for. A rod that “breathes life into certain statues”.
Now my question is, why does she need it? Why has she been looking for it? No matter how I look at it, the Dominion Rod couldn’t possibly help her get to the City in the Sky (where she lives). Out of what we can tell, there were only a few statues that actually responded to the rod…
And absolutely none of them would be able to help Ooccoo get back home.
Now before you jump me, yes, Link does use the rod to move the owl statue that is blocking the path to the Sky Canon and uses that to get to the City in the Sky, but thats just it. Even if Link didn’t have the Dominion Rod, in theory he still could have found the Sky Canon. Especially when you think about were it is…
See what’s above it? Light-sun light. Which means there is a hole in the ceiling. And if Link could have found that hole, he could have easily slipped through it, or even made it bigger with the help of the Gorons, to get to the canon. Midna still would have warped it out and put it in the field for Fyer to look and fix it.
So in the end the Dominion Rod really wasn’t that necessary for Ooccoo to get back home. She hitched a ride with Link once he got the canon running.
Now their has always been discussion on whether or not the Oocca helped build the Temple of Time and I say Uh…NO!
My first reason why is Ooccoo. Being one of the Oocca, who supposedly helped build the temple, you think she would have known of its existence? Surely the Oocca would have had records of the building or it would have been historical knowledge that they created the temple. So if Ooccoo, one of the Oocca race, didn’t know of the temples whereabouts or very existence, I don’t really think these chickens could have helped the Gods and Sages create the Temple of Light.
Another reason I think this is that many claim the Oocca race to be very knowledgable, hence why they were able to create such items as the Dominion Rod and Claw Shot. However, if they were that smart, you think they would have kept track of where they left the Dominion Rod. But Ooccoo claims no knowledge of such. Instead she goes from temple to temple looking for it. So again, if they were so smart, you think she would have known or even realized where the rod could have been? And again, again, if they helped make the Temple of Light, she would have known that and thought maybe the rod that was “created by her ancestors” would have been left there.
Their have been many speculations that the Temple of Light in Twilight Princess and the Tower of the Gods in Wind Waker, are the same place.
To this I once again have to say, no!
I can agree that when it comes to the two temples, they do have the similarity that the Dominion Rod (found in the temple) and the Command Melody (found in the tower) both have the ability to move certain statues and objects. But this is were I find the similarities end. Yes, they can both move things, which does make me believe they use the same kind of magic but that’s all.
It’s just not their. Surprisingly, the Tower of the Gods is actually more spread out (4floors) then the Temple of Light (8 floors). The towers layout is also more square and box-like, were the temple is tall and rather condensed.
The other thing is where the temples are located.
The Tower of Gods is physically right above the sunken Hyrule Castle. When you and your trusty red boat go directly down from in front of the tower, you land in a garden in Hyrule Castle. Now the Temple of Light isn’t even in Hyrule.
Let me say this again… IT’S NOT IN HYRULE!!!
It has been clearly stated again and again that the Temple of Light is in the Sacred Realm. “The Temple of Light, situated in the very centre of the Sacred Realm, is the last stronghold against Ganondorf’s evil forces” Rauru tells us this in Ocarina of Time. Zelda also tells us this is what I have quoted from her at the beginning. Also as I said, you end up in the castles garden when you descend from the tower. Where as the Temple of Light is in the Temple of Time, which is in Castle Town, which is outside Hyrule Castle.
People also think they are the same place, simply because they have similar enemies in them…
Twilight Princess Wind Waker
Now I want to make this perfectly clear, just because they have similar enemies doesn’t mean they are the same place. In fact thinking this way is just child-like. It like saying “There are Beamos in Dodongo’s Cavern and the Spirit Temple, they must be the same place.” Even though it’s obvious they aren’t.
See where Twilight Princess is opposed to Wind Waker? They are on completely different time lines. Wind Waker takes place after Link defeats Ganondorf and Link stays in the “Adult Timeline”. While Twilight Princess is during the “Child Timeline” where Ganondorf is still defeated but Link returns to seven years in the past. I’m sorry to say I can’t really say where Im going with this but I feel it has some reason why they can’t be the same place.
Another matter I wish to address is this bad boy (or girl)….
Meet the boss of the Temple of Light, Armogohma.
Their have been many discussions about whether or not this is the same spider monster, the Parasitic Armored Arachnid Gohma, (AKA Queen Gohma) that attacked and killed the Great Deku Tree in Ocarina of Time.
And once again I say, no it ain’t!
This is a picture of the pedestal in the Temple of Time. see what it’s missing? The Master Sword! Know I know what your thinking, “well, that’s because Link has it” and your right. But I’m not talking about Twilight Princess Link, I’m talking about Ocarina of Time Link! This proves that OoT Link has the Master Sword meaning he’s running around as an adult somewhere. Hell, he might even be fighting Ganondorf right now. So if OoT Link is an adult, that means the Great Deku Tree has already died, which means that Gohma has died too. Since Link slayed her before he found the Master Sword.
So this can’t be Gohma!
Well… nothing like Armogohma.
Just comparing the bosses to one another should be proof enough they aren’t the same. Twilight Princess’ Armogohma is a large tarantula-like spider, while Ocarina of Time’s Queen Gohma is…something else… (Well, she is a parasite so I guess she doesn’t have to look like something recognizable)
It’s been pointed out again and again that when Navi leaves Link in Ocarina of Time, she flies through a window in the Master Sword chamber. Speculations have been made that the window is the same window that reveals the Temple of Light, meaning Navi flew into the Temple of Light at the end of Ocarina of Time.
Again, I disagree with this.
I draw your attention back to the fact the Temple of Time is in the Sacred Realm. Meaning physically it isn’t attached to the Temple of Time or through that window. Also that Link was only able to access it via the Master Sword. BUT I’m betting that the pedestal probably had a way of telling the difference between rather the “two” Master Swords or Links. And used that as a distinction of when to open the path to the Temple of Light.
We cannot tell if this window is actually paned or not. Meaning two things:
1) Navi could have simply flown through bars in the window and outside
2) Navi just ran smack into a window like a bird… (hahaha)
Another point I wish to make is that, if you actually watch the ending carefully, we don’t actually see Navi fly through the window…(I would add a video if I could but I can’t. So go YouTube it)
What we see is her flying up to the window and hit the light, then the frame cuts to a different shot. We never see clear confirmation that she did physically fly through the window. (I feel like this isn’t helping my point but…) The fact is, is that everyone just assumed she flew through the window or whatever. But what if she didn’t? What if she actually flew up into the light and literally disappeared and died or something?
My last point is this…
If Navi did in fact go to the Temple of Light, you would think their would be some evidence that she was there. A left over habitat, message for Link, something!
Speaking of habitat, fairy’s live in forests and wooded areas so why the hell would Navi go to the Temple of Light? The logic behind it just isn’t their!
That covers my thoughts and ideas on the Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess’ Temple of Light. A simple temple to hold the Master Sword. But so many questions have arisen since it resurfaced in 2006. Especially with the new discovery of the Oocca creatures said to be so knowledgable, yet the one you get stuck with, so dim. And even with it and the Temple of Time’s reappearance, one question still stands, “Where is Navi?”
A special thanks to ZeldaUniverses ElectricGoose, for giving me the idea to try my own theories on this temple.
As well as Zelda Wiki and Wikia.