My sister and I use to always wonder about the princess. Who was she? I would make up stories and always hope that one day she would be the sword wielder. I started this piece with a story in mind ((my own interpretation of the origins of Zelda)) before a friend revealed her disappointment in the story line of “Skyward Sword”.
Zelda, in every game, felt like a figure that held the world in her hands. As if guided by a higher purpose even if she didn’t fully understand it herself, Zelda guided the hero with a plea, “Stop Gannon.”
I asked myself, “why is it legend of ZELDA? What made her so important that every princess afterwards was named after her?” Thus the inspiration for my fanart.
In my imagination, Zelda held the Light and Gannon the Darkness. They say to keep balance both are needed.
What if the original Gannon and Zelda were once friends who undertook a quest to help the three goddess keep Hyrule in balance. And at the end of their journey, it was Gannon who made the ultimate sacrifice — to take all the darkness within himself to spare Zelda, knowing that he would die over and over as a figure that everyone would despise.
Zelda could never kill her friend and so created a hero (our Link!) that would rise up when ever Gannon would reawaken.
My imagination for the story holds a sadness, because in it..Gannon would be the only one who would remember the true legend of Zelda and their quest for balance. Zelda, in her light, would be reborn only holding her duty and compassion for a lost soul who must be stopped.
Hope you enjoy the piece! I know its just an interpretation, but it was fun to make up story to a game that has always held a special place in my heart.
Augh! This is such a beautiful headcanon. Shame on everyone who was reblogging this around tumblr and didn’t include the artist’s commentary, which really makes the piece something extraordinary.