Artwork of an Old Woman from The Legend of Zelda
|Era||Era of Decline|
|Family||Daughter (Old Woman from Mido)|
Child (Old Woman from Darunia)
The Legend of Zelda
In The Legend of Zelda, the Old Woman near the waterfall of the Death Mountain area simply states "Pay me and I'll talk". Only by giving her the middle amount of Rupees requested will she offer useful information. Otherwise, Link loses Rupees to hear: "That's not enough to talk" or "Boy, you're rich." Moreover, by paying her the right amount of money in the section near the Lost Woods, she will reveal to Link the directions he must take in order to get through the woods and onto the Graveyard.
Link can receive a Letter from the Old Man in a northeast cave of Hyrule. The Old Man tells Link to show the Letter to the Old Woman. After Link shows the Letter to the Old Woman, the various other Old Women around the Overworld will sell him Life Potions and 2nd Potions.
The Adventure of Link
Two Old Women, one in Harbor Town of Mido, who claims to need Water of Life for her sick daughter, and one in Mountain Town of Darunia, who has a Kidnapped Child, allow Link to meet the Wise Men teaching spells in their house if the young hero helps them. An Old Woman in the Hidden Town of Kasuto invites Link inside her house to claim the fourth and last Magic Container if he has already three out of the four containers.
A Link to the Past
In A Link to the Past, an unnamed Old Woman resides in Sahasrahla's House. When Link heads out to Kakariko Village to search for Sahasrahla, he instead finds her there. The Old Woman informs Link that Sahasrahla is not home, and has not been seen ever since Agahnim began kidnapping the Maidens. She tells Link about the Hylia and the treasures they hid throughout Hyrule, including the Master Sword. She also tells Link to search around the village for someone who will know more about Sahasrahla's whereabouts. Later on, she compliments Link on his appearance and requests him to save Hyrule from Agahnim.
Her relation to Sahasrahla is never stated. At the end of the game, she is seen welcoming him home along with a friend of his.
A Link Between Worlds
In A Link Between Worlds, an unnamed Housekeeper resides in Sahasrahla's House, similarly to the Old Woman in A Link to the Past. Her relation to Sahasrahla is never stated, but she is the one who raised Sahasrahla's apprentice Osfala. She deeply wants Osfala's attention but never receives it. She tells Link that when Osfala made her a robe one time, she thought he might have meant something, but nothing ever became of it. After Osfala leaves for the Eastern Palace, the Housekeeper wonders where he might have went, though she guesses that he is trying to be a hero for Princess Zelda. She admits that she had once hoped that Osfala would be her hero.
|Names in Other Regions|
|Japanese|| オバアサン (Obāsan) (TLoZ)
おばあさん (Obāsan) (TLoZ)
|FrenchEU||Vieille Femme||Old Woman|
Kleine alte Dame
Little Old Lady
|Italian||Anziana (Donna Vecchia)|
|Portuguese||Mulher Idosa|
Other Notable Old Women
- Impa from The Legend of Zelda, The Adventure of Link, Skyward Sword, and A Link Between Worlds
- Granny from Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask
- Syrup from A Link to the Past, Link's Awakening, Oracle of Ages, Oracle of Seasons, and The Minish Cap
- Twinrova from Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask
- Witch from A Link Between Worlds
- "OLD WOMAN" (Art & Artifacts (Dark Horse Books), pg. 382 (TLoZ) & 388 A Link to the Past & Four Swords)
- "SHOW THIS TO THE OLD WOMAN." — Old Man (The Legend of Zelda)
- "I CAN GIVE YOU MAGIC. COME BACK ANYTIME." — Old Woman (The Adventure of Link)
- "STOP AND REST HERE." — Old Woman (The Adventure of Link)
- "What? Master Sword? Well, I don't remember the details exactly, but... Long ago, a prosperous people known as the Hylia inhabited this land... Legends tell of many treasures that the Hylia hid throughout the land... The Master Sword, a mighty blade forged against those with evil hearts, is one of them. People say that it now is sleeping deep in the forest..." — Old Woman (A Link to the Past)
- "He is in a busy town square! People bustle by without looking at him. Then a hunched old woman waddles toward him. A draped shawl hides her face. 'Might you be Link?' she rasps." (The Shadow Prince (Mammoth), pg. 57)
- "She looks up. Link has never seen a face so wrinkled. But her eyes are clear as glass." (The Shadow Prince (Mammoth), pg. 57)
- "'You're an observant youngster!' she says. 'I'm going to give you some advice, clever lad.' She points to a gnarled tree in the middle of the square. 'See that apple tree? If you can get to it, its fruit will make your eyes as clear as mine.'" (The Shadow Prince (Mammoth), pg. 57, 58)
- "As Link is reaching for his own snack, he sees something shining in a forked branch. 'Hmmm...' He reaches up and pulls down a small mirror with a thin wooden frame. Link grins. 'So that's what the old lady meant about clear eyes,' he says." (The Shadow Prince (Mammoth), pg. 43)
- "Well, young man, when the maidens began to disappear, the rumors began to fly. When Sahasrahla heard that the wizard might be responsible, he said, 'so it has begun...' and disappeared himself! [...] I'm sorry, but you know wise men like him... They often wander off without notice, in search of enlightenment. If you ask in the village, someone may know where he is... If I may ask, why are you looking for him?" (A Link to the Past comic (Nintendo Power), pg. 5)
- "Master Sword?! I've heard of that legend... The ancient scrolls tell of a prosperous people who once inhabited this land... They created many powerful weapons and hid them throughout Hyrule. The Master Sword was their ultimate treasure... Its blade was specially tempered to resist evil power, or so I've heard... Now, it is sleeping deep in the forest known as the Lost Woods!" (A Link to the Past comic (Nintendo Power), pg. 6)
- "I should warn you that traveling in the desert is no simple matter! The fierce winds and shifting sands have buried more able adventurers than you!" (A Link to the Past comic (Nintendo Power), pg. 7)