Hello Zelda Universe, I’m back to discuss the third hidden skill, which will explore the importance behind one of the most quoted lines from the Zelda series: “It’s dangerous to go alone, take this.” During Link’s quest in the original Legend of Zelda, the Old Man offered guidance and a necessary tool to complete Link’s journey; throughout the years we have seen many companions join Link though his perils and offer assistance. Even if some of them appeared to be overbearing, they were only putting forth good intentions to guide Link to safety and prosperity.
Spoiler Alert: Contains a brief mention of the final events of Skyward Sword.
If anyone has ever told you to not trust a pixelated old man, they were wrong. During the very first outset of Link’s original journey, the Old Man started a premise that would be present in many following Zelda games. Ocarina of Time first incorporated this idea of “not going alone” when a very famous fairy joined Link on his quest. Chronologically following the release of the next eleven games, a distinct companion is present to aid Link through his perils; moreover, Four Swords and and Four Swords Adventure allow four friends to collaborate to complete the story.
The bond Link forms with his companions stays true as they become emotionally attached. Most recently we can see this strong tie of Link to his companion with Skyward Sword. After sealing Demise and rescuing Zelda, Fi must break her companionship with Link, sealing herself permanently in the Master Sword. This bittersweet ending to Skyward Sword leaves Link speechless and longing to see his close friend again. Most importantly, Fi leaves Link with this quote:
“I believe this feeling correlates closest to what your people call…happiness. Thank you, Master Link. May we meet again in another life..”
Midna leaves for the Twilight Realm with a similar quote:
“Link…I…See you later…”
The Wind Waker doesn’t particularly leave the player with a quote of eternal friendship between Link and The King of the Red Lions, but it does offer the same theme of Link’s companion sealing their self away for the benefit of the other: the ultimate sacrifice of friendship.
Fi, Minda, and The King of the Red Lions all display forms of supreme friendship and as each game progresses, Link and his respectful companion form a bond that cannot be broken; not even with death.
No matter the hardship, one should always have someone who they can rely on to guide them and offer a strong companionship. If Link were to take on such quests as he does alone, we would quickly see the downfall of Hyrule; on the contrary, Link surrounds himself with a group of friends and acquaintances from which he seeks advice, aid, and consolation. It’s our friends and close companions who get us through rough days, struggles, and negative surprises life throws our way.
It’s dangerous to go alone: simple, yet powerful, this statement brings about one of the greatest lessons learned from the Zelda series. Earlier this year, one of my best friends was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a type of bone cancer. Now, more than ever, the words spoken by the Old Man many years ago hold a new meaning to me. Your life truly can change in an instant with no warning and it is those closest to you that make the difficult journey manageable.
My friend, like our favorite green-garbed hero, still has a long and difficulty journey ahead of him, but with the support of his family, close friends, and countless others, his journey has become a group effort and will have a successful completion, just as Link’s many quests to thwart evil. One should never feel alone in a time of despair; with the support of friends and companions most any goal is attainable.
One should surround themselves with people who express true care for them and exhibited that strong bond of companionship that cannot be broken. Perhaps Fi was right: once a person has found these individuals, true happiness can be discovered.