Welcome to Pure Heart, a shrine and fan site dedicated to Young Link, the youthful Hero of Time from the Legend of Zelda series owned by Megan. This shrine is a participant in Amassment's Construction Zone event. The protagonist in Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask is my favorite reincarnation of Link and one of my favorite fictional characters of all time. He is very special to me.

Last Updated: December 8, 2016 ∙ Sutarodo

Orphaned by war, Link grows up in Kokiri Forest under the protection of The Great Deku Tree. Because he does not have a fairy companion, he does not fit in with the other Kokiri. When he finally receives a fairy, it signifies the beginning of his destiny. Even with Navi's help, he takes on a lot of responsibility for a child. He learns where he comes from and why he doesn't fit in with the Kokiri, he witnesses the death of their forest guardian, and he must leave them behind to save Hyrule. Throughout the rest of his journey, he faces similar abandonment and isolation due to his destiny as Hyrule's hero.

In order to wield the Master Sword, Link must surrender his youth and sleep for seven years. After defeating Ganondorf and rescuing Hyrule, Link is sent back in time to a time before Ganondorf captures the Sacred Realm. He rewrites history when he and Zelda do not allow Ganondorf to seize control, creating a split in the timeline, and he never heroically defeats Ganondorf, making all of his actions in the second half of Ocarina of Time obsolete (as far as he is concerned). He is the forgotten hero, and he has no legacy. His greatest friend that experienced it all with him, Navi, leaves his side with zero explanation at the end of the game.

In the series, Link is constantly portrayed as a selfless, legendary hero, but the Hero of Time's anguished spirit becomes physically embodied as the Hero's Shade in Twilight Princess. He dies with regret and is unable to move on to the afterlife until he passes down his legend. The Hero of Time has an incredible story that resulted in this despair, and I want to learn more about it. My goal is to look past his pure heart to portray why he became this tragic spirit.

I am analyzing various events in the games so there will be unmarked spoilers and theories for Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, and Twilight Princess. Please proceed with caution. For the purposes of this shrine, I am referencing the Nintendo 3DS and the Wii U versions even though there are very minor differences between these and their predecessors. If you have any questions or concerns, or if you just want to talk Zelda with me, feel free to e-mail me.