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Legend of Zora

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The Legend of Zora

The Legend of Zora is a piece of Zoran folklore mentioned in Ocarina of Time, probably passed down in the Zora tribe orally or in written form. According to this legend, those who offer a fish to the patron deity of the Zoras, Lord Jabu-Jabu,[1] will become happy.[2] The Zora who mentions this legend only does so if Link answers that he has been to see Jabu-Jabu when asked.[3] If Link answers no, the Zora merely says that he should go see him.[4]

The fact that the legend is referred to as the "Legend of Zora," in quotes, and is slightly grammatically awkward, may be a deliberate reference to the name of the video game series itself, The Legend of Zelda . This is, incidentally, one of the only concrete hints in the game that the player should offer a fish to Jabu-Jabu to progress in the adventure.


  1. "Lord Jabu-Jabu is the patron deity of the Zoras. Princess Ruto is in charge of preparing his meals, morning and night." — Zora (Ocarina of Time)
  2. "According to the "Legend of Zora," the act of offering a fish to Lord Jabu-Jabu will make you happy." — Zora (Ocarina of Time)
  3. "Have you seen Lord Jabu-Jabu?" — Zora (Ocarina of Time)
  4. "Oh, that's not good. Everybody who comes around here should see Lord Jabu-Jabu at least once! Zora's Fountain is just beyond King Zora's throne. That is where Lord Jabu-Jabu swims. But... unless you have King Zora's permission, you can't go to Zora's Fountain." — Zora (Ocarina of Time)