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Hylia
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A Statue depicting the goddess Hylia
TitleHer Grace[1]
White Goddess (Manga)
RaceHylian/Deity
GenderFemale[2]
Game(s)Skyward Sword
Breath of the WildTriforce piece.png
Other MediaSkyward Sword manga

Hylia (pronounced /ˈhaɪ.li.ə/ HY-lee),[3][4] also known as The Goddess, Her Grace and later Zelda, is a goddess featured in Skyward Sword. She is depicted throughout the world by both statues and imagery, often as having had angelic wings and holding a sword in her right hand. Beginning as a divine entity, she was later, by her own choice, reborn into a mortal form as the first incarnation of Zelda, making her the true ancestor to the Royal Family of Hyrule and explaining the magical powers passed down within their bloodline.

History

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Backstory

When the three gods of old departed from the world that they created, they trusted the Triforce to Hylia so that she could protect it.[5] She did so throughout the Era of the Goddess Hylia. Eventually, Hylia met a person who she chose to be her hero, giving her Sailcloth to him.[6]

The Battle Against Demise

Her Grace with the five races of the Surface

One day, a crack opened up in the earth and the Demon King Demise and his demonic hordes came from the fissure. Wanting to make the world his own, the Demon King gathered an army of monsters and together launched an assault on the land simply known as the Surface, murdering the people of the land and causing destruction in order to take the Triforce from Hylia.[7][8]

To prevent the great power from falling into the hands of Demise, Her Grace gathered the surviving humans on an outcrop of earth with the Triforce and sent them skyward, beyond the clouds and out of reach from the evil plaguing the land.[9] After sending her people skyward, the goddess created a cloud barrier to separate the sky from the world below.[10] With the surviving humans safe above the clouds, the goddess and the five tribes, who still lived on the surface, joined forces and sealed away Demise in the former location of the Statue of the Goddess, thus restoring peace to the land.[11]

The Goddess's Chosen Hero

Hylia, during the long and fierce battle, had suffered grave injuries and knew that the seal would not hold against Demise's immense power. Since Hylia knew that if Demise freed himself it would bring destruction on the land, she came up with two plans to put an end to the demon king.[12][13] Her first plan consisted in creating Fi, the spirit that resides in the Goddess Sword, and giving it the purpose of assisting Hylia's chosen hero throughout his journey.[2] Secondly, Hylia decided to abandon her divine powers and immortal form in order to "transfer her soul to the body of a mortal" so that the Triforce, which was created by the gods but not usable by one, could one day be used.[14][15]

Hylia left several messages for the one who would one day become her chosen hero so as to guide him from the edge of time in his quest.[16][17] Along with these messages, the goddess prepared several trials that would test the hero's power, wisdom, and courage.[18] After completing each trial, the chosen hero would receive one of the three sacred gifts left by Hylia, which would help the hero find his way to the Sacred Flames.[19] However, to reach these trials, the goddess also left the Isle of Songs solely for her chosen hero.[20] This isle houses three melodies that would open the way to the three trials, with each of the melodies being bestowed upon the hero to play on the Goddess's Harp,[21]which was an object and weapon once used by Hylia herself.

To keep the Triforce from falling into the wrong hands, Hylia hid the relic on Skyloft within Sky Keep, but the location was kept a secret.[22] Before passing from the world, the goddess appointed a dragon to protect each region of the Surface: Faron to watch over the woods, Eldin to watch over the mountains, and Lanayru to watch over the desert.[23] Lastly, she appointed the great spirit Levias as warden of the skies.[24] Each of the guardians were left with a part of the "Song of the Hero", a melody that would unlock the final trial for the chosen hero.[25] Hylia entrusted the guardians to teach the chosen hero their part of the song, since should the hero succeed in conquering the last trial, the path to the Triforce will open to him.[26]

The Goddess Reborn

The Goddess Hylia reborn as Zelda

Hylia was eventually reborn on Skyloft as Zelda, daughter of Gaepora and close childhood friend of Link, the one who would go on to become her chosen hero in the Era of the Sky. However, Zelda was not aware of her previous existence as the goddess until she was tossed out of the sky and onto the Surface by Ghirahim's tornado. Is it here that an old woman rescued Zelda from being captured by evil forces and helped her remember her original purpose and life as the goddess Hylia.[27] With a young Impa's help, who was actually sent out to help Zelda at the request of the goddess,[28] Zelda set out to pray at the goddess statues located in each temple across the surface to purify her body, with each statue stirring up memories of her past life.[29]

At one point, Zelda and Impa travel through the Gate of Time into a distant past, with Impa destroying the gate so as to escape Ghirahim's grasp, who wishes to use Zelda's soul to resurrect his master. Link, the goddess's chosen hero, manages to activate a second Gate of Time and reaches the era where Hylia has just sealed away Demise. There, Link meets with Zelda, who explains her true nature as the mortal reincarnation of the Goddess Hylia. She blesses the Master Sword with the power of the Goddess, causing it to take on its true form,[30] before telling Link that she, as the reincarnation of Hylia, must remain in a deep sleep to keep Demise imprisoned within his seal.[31] Before doing so, Zelda explains that the goddess needed someone with an "unbreakable spirit" to defeat Demise.[32] However, Hylia realized that spirit alone was not enough,[33] and so the goddess, knowing that the young hero would "throw [himself] headfirst into any danger, without even a moment's doubt" if it meant saving Zelda,[34] used Link so that he would be able to wield the Triforce.[33] Her Grace apologizes for the way she had to involve him in all of it, but is prepared to pay the price for her actions.[35] She proceeds to seal herself into a crystal and sleep for thousands of years to ensure Demise's imprisonment holds, and tells Link that he must find and use the Triforce to destroy Demise so that she will be able to wake up in their own time.[36]

Link succeeds in obtaining the Triforce and wishes for the destruction of Demise. He then rushes into the Sealed Temple to witness Zelda's awakening,[37] but just as the group believes that Link's long journey is finally over, Ghirahim appears to attack them, taking Zelda and making for the Gate of Time.[38] Link follows Ghirahim, where he is beginning the ritual to revive Demise, who was still sealed in that era, by having him absorb the soul of Zelda. He has his troops assail Link in absurd numbers to keep the hero at bay while he works, but Link manages to reach the center and fights Ghirahim, successfully defeating him. Ghirahim, however, reveals that while the two were fighting, the ritual continued, and the Imprisoned rises, swallowing Zelda's soul and returning to his original form: the Demon King, Demise.[39]

After Link seals Demise's consciousness within the Master Sword, peace returns to the land, and Zelda as well as the young hero return to their own time. Zelda mentions to Link that she had fantasized about the surface for so long that she wants to remain there and watch over the Triforce, and asks what Link's intentions are for the future.[40] Link smiles at her, and then the camera pans to show both his and Zelda's Loftwings flying back into the sky, implying that Link chose to stay with her.

Legacy

The descendants of the people who lived among Hylia would come to be known as the Hylians and the descendants of her mortal incarnation, Zelda, would go to establish the Kingdom of Hyrule upon the surface in the Era of the Prosperity, becoming the long-lasting Royal Family of Hyrule bloodline and inheriting her powers. Future women born into her royal bloodline would be frequently named after her mortal incarnation for generations, while it would seem the humans named Hylians, Lake Hylia, the Great Bridge of Hylia, the Hylia River and Mount Hylia would be named after her goddess incarnation.

Hylia also has a great presence in the Hyrule of Breath of the Wild. Some locations appear to be named after her, including Mount Hylia. The Monks that created the Shrines of Trials also seem to worship her and claim to have been blessed with her sight.[41][42]

Other Appearances

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Skyward Sword Manga

In the Skyward Sword manga by Akira Himekawa, the Goddess Hylia makes an appearance.

As Hylia's Chosen Hero is readying himself to battle against Demise and his army, the Goddess Hylia suddenly appears in person, riding on an old Loftwing. Link reveals himself as the Knight of Hylia and the hero whom they sought. He claims that, although humans may seem small in the eyes of the gods, there are those among them who possess great courage.[43][44] Hylia acknowledges her knight's unmatched valiance and honor and proclaims him her chosen hero. She then allows him to wield her legendary weapon brought by the gods, the Master Sword.[45] However, the hero claims that he could not touch a holy sword, thinking that he is impure because he was imprisoned for years.[46] Despite this, Hylia says that the Master Sword will decide whether he is impure or not, and asks him for his choice; to seek revenge on the surface's people who imprisoned him or to save the world from its terrible fate.[47][48] Hylia's Chosen Hero decides that he will always stand with his friends and accepts the Master Sword from the goddess.[49] After reforging the sword, the hero agrees to lead the Goddess's army against the invading demons, but is mortally wounded in an encounter with Demise. With no other choice, Hylia and the hero use the power of the Master Sword to send the earth surrounding the castle into The Sky.[50] With the humans and the Triforce safe in The Sky, Hylia proceeds to fight Demise and seals him away. After the battle, she sees her Chosen Hero lying dead on the ground, having succumbed to his wounds. Filled with grief, Hylia promises that his spirit will eternally live on and resolves to discard her divinity so that she may be with the Chosen Hero as a mortal.[51]

Trivia

Etymology

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.gif
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese 女神 (Megami) The Goddess
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Hylia Same as English
French-speaking countries French Hylia Same as English
Italian Republic Italian Hylia Same as English
Netherlands Dutch Hylia Same as English

Gallery

References

  1. "They did all this in their lust to take the ultimate power protected by Her Grace, the goddess." — Introduction (Skyward Sword)
  2. 2.0 2.1 "First, she created Fi. She made the spirit that resides in your sword to serve a single purpose: to assist her chosen hero on his mission." — Zelda (Skyward Sword)
  3. "Lake Hylia, from Ocarina of Time."Hyrule Warriors Direct, YouTube, published August 4, 2014.
  4. "And have proven yourself worthy of the blessings of the Goddess Hylia." — Princess Zelda (Breath of the Wild)
  5. "Handed down by the gods of old, this power gave its holder the means to make any desire a reality. Such was the might of the ultimate power that the old ones placed it in the care of the goddess." — Introduction (Skyward Sword)
  6. "You know, they say that the goddess gave the Sailcloth to her chosen hero long ago." — Zelda (Skyward Sword)
  7. "One dark, fateful day, the earth cracked wide and malevolent forces rushed forth from the fissure. They mounted a brutal assault upon the surface people, driving the land into deep despair... They burnt forests to ash, choked the land's sweet springs, and murdered without hesitation. They did all this in their lust to take the ultimate power protected by Her Grace, the goddess." — Introduction (Skyward Sword)
  8. "In his thirst to make the world his own, Demise readied a massive army of monsters for war. He sought to take the Triforce for himself by force." — Zelda (Skyward Sword)
  9. "To prevent this great power from falling into the hands of the evil swarming the lands... The goddess gathered the surviving humans on an outcropping of earth. She sent it skyward, beyond the reach of the demonic hordes. Beyond even the clouds." — Introduction (Skyward Sword)
  10. "Until now, a cloud barrier created by the goddess has separated the world you know from the one below." — Fi (Skyward Sword)
  11. "With the humans safe, the goddess joined forces with the land dwellers and fought the evil forces, sealing them away. At last, peace was restored to the surface." — Introduction (Skyward Sword)
  12. "However, soon after the demon king was imprisoned, it became clear that the seal would not hold long against his fearsome power. Hylia had suffered grave injuries in her battle with the demon king." — Zelda (Skyward Sword)
  13. "She knew that if he broke free again, there would be no stopping him. And if the demon king were to free himself, it would mean the end of the world for all beings of this land. In order to put an end to the demon king, Hylia devised two separate plans and set them both into motion." — Zelda (Skyward Sword)
  14. "Her second plan...was to abandon her divine form and transfer her soul to the body of a mortal. ...She made this sacrifice, as you have likely guessed, so that the supreme power created by the old gods could one day be used. For while the supreme power of the Triforce was created by gods, all of its power can never be wielded by one." — Zelda (Skyward Sword)
  15. "Knowing this power was her last and only hope, the goddess gave up her divine powers and her immortal form. You've probably figured it out by now, haven't you, Link?" — Zelda (Skyward Sword)
  16. "Master [Link], I have important information. When you struck the crest with a Skyward Strike from your sword, a message from the goddess awakened deep within my memory. The goddess intended this message for you, Master. These are her words. He who seeks the sacred flames, listen well, for I guide you from my place at the edge of time." — Fi (Skyward Sword)
  17. "From the edge of time I guide you, the one chosen to carry out the goddess's mission. The spirit maiden who descended from the clouds must travel to two sacred places to purify her body." — Fi (Skyward Sword)
  18. "This is the nature of places known as Silent Realms. They are domains of the spirit, accessible only to the goddess's chosen hero. This particular trial, Farore's Silent Realm, tests the limits of your courage." — Fi (Skyward Sword)
  19. "The sacred flames are three in number. To obtain them, you must also earn relics known as the three sacred gifts. For each trial you overcome, you shall be blessed with one of the gifts... Make use of the power of these gifts, and you will find your way to the purifying sacred flames." — Fi (Skyward Sword)
  20. "Master [Link], I have memories of this island. It is known as the Isle of Songs. Signs indicate that it was left here for you by the goddess, Master." — Fi (Skyward Sword)
  21. "Now, I bestow unto you a melody. It will serve you as a key, opening the first trial that awaits you deep in the wilds of Faron Woods." — Fi (Skyward Sword)
  22. "For the safety of all things, she hid the Triforce somewhere within the rock you call Skyloft. However, its location has been kept secret. Even I do not know where it rests now." — Levias (Skyward Sword)
  23. "Hah! Oh, him? Just as the goddess charged me with watching the woods, so does he preside over the bone-dry sands of the desert." — Faron (Skyward Sword)
  24. "I am the great spirit they call Levias. Before she passed from this world so long ago, the goddess Hylia appointed me as warden of the skies." — Levias (Skyward Sword)
  25. "Oh, but the goddess did entrust me with a hint as to the Triforce's location. The goddess split this song into four parts. She entrusted one part to me and the other three to the dragons of the land. You must gather each of the parts of the Song of the Hero. Seek out the dragons and convince them to teach you their parts." — Levias (Skyward Sword)
  26. "Now that you know the song, I trust you know what to do with it. That old song opens a door to a great trial. Should you succeed in conquering the challenge awaiting you there, I'm certain the path to the Triforce will be revealed to you." — Levias (Skyward Sword)
  27. "I had no memory at all of my existence as Hylia, but she explained it to me. She helped me to remember who I was...and what I had to do." — Zelda (Skyward Sword)
  28. "The one you saw by Zelda's side is known as Impa. She is a being sent forth by the goddess to aid Zelda in her quest." — N/A (Skyward Sword)
  29. "I set out to pray at the goddess statues located in each temple across the land. Each statue stirred up memories within me. After I visited them all, Impa, an agent of the goddess, led me here...to the past." — Zelda (Skyward Sword)
  30. "Valiant hero, you have endured many hardships and journeyed far in your quest to reach this place. Along your travels you have found wisdom, power, and courage, and for this I shall bless your sword with the goddess's power. May it give you and your sword the strength to drive back the abomination that threatens this land!" — Zelda (Skyward Sword)
  31. "We must stop him from freeing himself from the seal that imprisons him. At any cost... That is why I intend to remain here in this time and place... To sustain the seal as best as I can. As long as I continue this vigil, we may be able to prevent the demon king from fully reviving himself in our own time." — Zelda (Skyward Sword)
  32. "To face Demise and bring hope back to the land, the goddess Hylia needed someone with an unbreakable spirit. That someone is you, Link." — Zelda (Skyward Sword)
  33. 33.0 33.1 "But spirit alone wasn't enough. You had to overcome many trials and awaken the hero within yourself so that you could wield that supreme power. And so Hylia... I mean, and so I..." — Zelda (Skyward Sword)
  34. "I knew that if it meant saving Zelda, you would throw yourself headfirst into any danger, without even a moment's doubt... I... I used you." — Zelda (Skyward Sword)
  35. "All that may be well intentioned and true, but it doesn't mean it's right... and it doesn't excuse my actions. But I'm prepared to pay the price for what I've done." — Zelda (Skyward Sword)
  36. "When Demise is finally gone, there will be no more need for the seal that binds him, and then I'll be able to wake up." — Zelda (Skyward Sword)
  37. "In light of these factors, the seal Zelda maintained through her agelong sleep is no longer necessary. My projections indicate she will wake momentarily." — Fi (Skyward Sword)
  38. "It's best for everyone if you forget about your friend. The little goddess is mine now! My master may have perished in this age, but in the past he lives yet! I'm taking the girl back through that gate to help me revive the demon king!" — Ghirahim (Skyward Sword)
  39. "Ah... But never mind that. Victory is still mine to savor. While we fought, the ritual I started continued....At last, it's complete! The demon king shall devour the soul of the goddess and resurrect in his full glory!" — Ghirahim (Skyward Sword)
  40. "Look around us! As a child, I always dreamed of a world below. I wanted to see the surface with my own eyes and feel the land's warm breeze on my skin. I... I think I want to live here. I always want to feel solid ground beneath my feet, see the clouds above my head" — Zelda (Skyward Sword)
  41. "In the name of Goddess Hylia, I offer this trial." — Monk (Breath of the Wild)
  42. "I am a humble monk, blessed with the sight of Goddess Hylia and dedicated to helping those who seek to defeat Ganon." — Monk (Breath of the Wild)
  43. "Oho! And who might you be?" (Skyward Sword (Manga) (), pg. 011)
  44. "I am Link, a Knight of Hylia...! To the eyes of the gods, humans may be small, but... There are those among us who boast great courage!" (Skyward Sword (Manga) (), pg. 011)
  45. "This is the Master Sword. A blade that eradicates evil. It holds the power to rend the earth, and act as a pillar to support it as it floats up into the sky. However, it was brought by the gods, meant for our hands alone. Yet I must allow a human to wield it in order to exert my power over the Surface world... The most valiant, honorable man of the world's surface." (Skyward Sword (Manga) (), pg. 013)
  46. "Goddess, I was imprisoned for a very long time. I am impure. I cannot possibly land my hands upon a holy blade." (Skyward Sword(Manga) (), pg. 013)
  47. "Link. The sword will decide whether or not you are impure." (Skyward Sword (Manga) (), pg. 014)
  48. "Will you wreak vengeance on the land that held you in contempt? Or will you save it from its fate?" (Skyward Sword (Manga) (), pg. 014)
  49. "Gods... Humans... both of you seek the same answers from me. Only when it suits you. You use me... But needless to say... I'll always stand with my friends!" (Skyward Sword (Manga) (), pg. 014)
  50. "With a single swing of the sword, the goddess Hylia rent the earth." (Skyward Sword(Manga) (), pg. 020)
  51. "I will ensure that your gentle, heroic spirit will live on eternally. And I...I shall shed my divinity. The next time we meet, I wish to stand before you as a simple human." (Skyward Sword(Manga) (), pg. 028)
  52. "Only a person of the Knights Of Hyrule, who protected the royalty of Hylia, can become the Hero... You are of their blood-line, aren't you? Then you must rescue Zelda without fail." — Maiden (A Link to the Past)
  53. "When they created the people of Hylia, they simultaneously created a new capital, a city that floated in the heavens." — Shad (Twilight Princess)