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King Rhoam's Journal

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King Rhoam's Journal
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Main appearance(s)

King Rhoam's Journal is an object in Breath of the Wild.[1]

Location and Uses

King Rhoam's Journal is a book that was used by King Rhoam to document his personal thoughts regarding Zelda's training to awaken her sealing powers and his anxieties over the impending Great Calamity. The journal can be found in the King's Study in Hyrule Castle.

The first page of the journal tells about the birth of King Rhoam's daughter that he, wishing to continue the royal family's tradition, bestows the name Zelda.[2] King Rhoam also states that this was a good time to pen his thoughts into this journal, despite being foreign to the idea.[3]

The second page reports of King Rhoam's realization that the predictions made by the Fortune-Teller were starting to becoming reality as more and more of the ancient Sheikah artifacts were being unearthed and that he must hasten to fully understand the utility of these relics to use them against Calamity Ganon, despite the lengthy amount of time needed to study them.[4] King Rhoam also finds out about Zelda's strong interest in the Sheikah technology.[5]

The third page tells of the sudden death of King Rhoam's beloved wife, his lamentations leading to sleepless nights,[6] and the realization that he must raise and tutor Zelda alone.[7] A 6-year old Zelda is mentioned and her lack of negative emotions regarding her mother's death, being a result of her training to remain a stoic princess.[8]

King Rhoam expresses unease at the lack of Zelda's progress on the fourth page. He believes that Zelda is now succumbing to her pent-up emotions due to her mother's passing, which is hindering her chance to awaken her sealing power.[9] If it was not for Calamity Ganon's inevitable re-awakening, he would have eased up on Zelda.[10] King Rhoam states that has no choice but to keep being stern and push Zelda to train harder, even if it means jeopardizing the father-daughter relationship between them.[11]

The fifth page details King Rhoam's side of the "Father and Daughter" memory. He is informed of Zelda watching over some of the Sheikah technology research on her day off. Believing that her undying interest in studying the relics is what's keeping her from awakening her sealing power, King Rhoam furiously demands that she stops getting involved with the research.[12]

King Rhoam documents his concern for Zelda on the sixth page. He writes that he is aware of Zelda's overwhelming emotions due to the ten years of training that turned up fruitless, being talked about behind her back, being scolded at by her father who is the only family she has, and the sorrow and grief of losing her mother whom she could've learned from.[13] King Rhoam pens that he wishes he could make amends and comfort her just once, but he knows that he can't because seeing that Zelda unlocks her sealing power is the upmost priority in order to overcome Calamity Ganon.[14]

In the seventh and final entry in the journal, King Rhoam states that Zelda had departed for the Spring of Wisdom and that she has to awaken her sealing power or else all hope will be lost.[15] He promises that if Zelda returns without her power unlocked, then he will console her as scolding her further would accomplish nothing more.[16] King Rhoam believes that her power will awaken in some other manner.[17] He believes that the Shiekah artifacts that Zelda wanted to research would give her the one answer that he was not able to give.[18] The journal ends with King Rhoam saying that he waits not as a king, but as Zelda's father, for her to return home to him.[19]

Transcription

Page 1Page 2Page 3Page 4Page 5Page 6Page 7
Quote1.png Today, as the sun rose and a new day was born, my daughter, too, joined this sweet world.

In keeping with the traditions of the royal family, I have decided to name her...Zelda.

I am not a man accustomed to frivolous musings, but now seems as good as a time as any to begin my royal memorandum.
Quote2.png
— King Rhoam's Journal
Quote1.png Reports keep arriving regarding the excavation of relics. The fortune teller's predictions seem to be coming true.

Calamity Ganon was not a figure of fable, or even a legend. He actually existed in our great land of Hyrule.

We must investigate all the relics, learn as much as we can. But understanding the Divine Beasts alone will take time...

Zelda's eyes lit up like a wildfire when I told her about the relics... I must admit, she has a knack for research.
Quote2.png
— King Rhoam's Journal
Quote1.png My queen has left this world. Her death was so sudden and unexpected, I awaken most nights unsure if she is really gone.

Zelda never cried, never faltered. Not even during the royal funeral or later when she and I were alone with our grief.

I must assume her strength is a result of us repeatedly informing her of her duty to be a valiant and steady princess.

For a child of merely six years of age, her conduct was truly that of a born leader. Her strength gives me hope.

From now on, I must raise her all alone... Now, only I remain to prepare her for her difficult future as princess of Hyrule.
Quote2.png
— King Rhoam's Journal
Quote1.png Zelda finally reported back after her visit to the fountain. It seems her sacred sealing power has still yet to awaken.

It has been a year and three months since her mother passed. Perhaps she is held back by heartache too deep to heal.

If the Ganon prophecy wasn't looming over our heads, I would tell her to take her time... To wait until she was ready.

But our situation is dire and leaves no room for weakness—even on behalf of my beloved daughter.

My heart breaks for Zelda, but I must act as a king, not a father. I must order her to train relentlessly at the fountain.
Quote2.png
— King Rhoam's Journal
Quote1.png I was told Zelda went off to research ancient technology, so I had no choice but to confront her about it.

She claims she was simply using her day off from training to indulge in a bit of research, but still I scolded her.

She won't get it through her head... Forcing me to tell her the same thing I have been repeating ad nauseam.

The reason her sacred powers still won't awaken is because she's spending all her efforts playing at being a scholar!
Quote2.png
— King Rhoam's Journal
Quote1.png In truth, I understand Zelda's feelings. Painfully so. She lost her mother, her teacher, before she could learn from her.

Ten pointless years of self-training, without so much as a book or note to help find her way...

Those in the castle talk behind her back. And I, her only family, scold her for her shortcomings.

No wonder she wishes to hide away in her beloved relic research. I'd love nothing more than to console her...

But I must stay strong. She MUST fulfill her duty, just as we all must. Even if she comes to despise me.
Quote2.png
— King Rhoam's Journal
Quote1.png I have been told my Zelda went to the Spring of Wisdom...

This will likely be her last chance. If she is unable to awaken her power at Lanayru, all hope is truly lost.

If she comes back without success, then I shall speak kindly with her. Scolding is pointless now.

I forced 10 years of training on her... and after all that, it seems her power will stubbornly awaken some other way.

Perhaps I should encourage her to keep researching her beloved relics. They may just lead her to answers I can't provide.

For now, I sit anxiously, more a father than a king in this moment. I sit and await my daughter's return.
Quote2.png
— King Rhoam's Journal

See Also

References

  1. "King Rhoam's Journal" — King Rhoam's Journal (Breath of the Wild)
  2. "Today, as the sun rose and a new day was born, my daughter, too, joined this sweet world. In keeping with the traditions of the royal family, I have decided to name her...Zelda." — King Rhoam's Journal (Breath of the Wild)
  3. "I am not a man accustomed to frivolous musings, but now seems as good as a time as any to begin my royal memorandum." — King Rhoam's Journal (Breath of the Wild)
  4. "Reports keep arriving regarding the excavation of relics. The fortune teller's predictions seem to be coming true. Calamity Ganon was not a figure of fable, or even a legend. He actually existed in our great land of Hyrule. We must investigate all the relics, learn as much as we can. But understanding the Divine Beasts alone will take time..." — King Rhoam's Journal (Breath of the Wild)
  5. "Zelda's eyes lit up like a wildfire when I told her about the relics... I must admit, she has a knack for research." — King Rhoam's Journal (Breath of the Wild)
  6. "My queen has left this world. Her death was so sudden and unexpected, I awaken most nights unsure if she is really gone" — King Rhoam's Journal (Breath of the Wild)
  7. "From now on, I must raise her all alone... Now, only I remain to prepare her for her difficult future as princess of Hyrule." — King Rhoam's Journal (Breath of the Wild)
  8. "Zelda never cried, never faltered. Not even during the royal funeral or later when she and I were alone with our grief. I must assume her strength is a result of us repeatedly informing her of her duty to be a valiant and steady princess. For a child of merely six years of age, her conduct was truly that of a born leader. Her strength gives me hope." — King Rhoam's Journal (Breath of the Wild)
  9. "Zelda finally reported back after her visit to the fountain. It seems her sacred sealing power has still yet to awaken. It has been a year and three months since her mother passed. Perhaps she is held back by heartache too deep to heal." — King Rhoam's Journal (Breath of the Wild)
  10. "If the Ganon prophecy wasn't looming over our heads, I would tell her to take her time... To wait until she was ready. But our situation is dire and leaves no room for weakness—even on behalf of my beloved daughter." — King Rhoam's Journal (Breath of the Wild)
  11. "My heart breaks for Zelda, but I must act as a king, not a father. I must order her to train relentlessly at the fountain." — King Rhoam's Journal (Breath of the Wild)
  12. "I was told Zelda went off to research ancient technology, so I had no choice but to confront her about it. She claims she was simply using her day off from training to indulge in a bit of research, but still I scolded her. She won't get it through her head... Forcing me to tell her the same thing I have been repeating ad nauseam. The reason her sacred powers still won't awaken is because she's spending all her efforts playing at being a scholar!" — King Rhoam's Journal (Breath of the Wild)
  13. "In truth, I understand Zelda's feelings. Painfully so. She lost her mother, her teacher, before she could learn from her. Ten pointless years of self-training, without so much as a book or note to help find her way... Those in the castle talk behind her back. And I, her only family, scold her for her shortcomings." — King Rhoam's Journal (Breath of the Wild)
  14. "No wonder she wishes to hide away in her beloved relic research. I'd love nothing more than to console her... But I must stay strong. She MUST fulfill her duty, just as we all must. Even if she comes to despise me." — King Rhoam's Journal (Breath of the Wild)
  15. "I have been told my Zelda went to the Spring of Wisdom... This will likely be her last chance. If she is unable to awaken her power at Lanayru, all hope is truly lost." — King Rhoam's Journal (Breath of the Wild)
  16. "If she comes back without success, then I shall speak kindly with her. Scolding is pointless now." — King Rhoam's Journal (Breath of the Wild)
  17. "I forced 10 years of training on her... and after all that, it seems her power will stubbornly awaken some other way." — King Rhoam's Journal (Breath of the Wild)
  18. "Perhaps I should encourage her to keep researching her beloved relics. They may just lead her to answers I can't provide." — King Rhoam's Journal (Breath of the Wild)
  19. "For now, I sit anxiously, more a father than a king in this moment. I sit and await my daughter's return." — King Rhoam's Journal (Breath of the Wild)