Nayru (Goddess)

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Nayru
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Nayru as seen in Ocarina of Time
Title(s) Goddess of Wisdom[1]
Race Deity
Gender Female
First appearance A Link to the Past
Latest appearance Twilight Princess

Nayru is the Goddess of Wisdom, one of the three Golden Goddesses who created the realm of Hyrule (along with parallel realms, such as the Sacred Realm).[2] Nayru is the source of the fundamental laws that govern the realm of Hyrule.[3] Nayru's essence, as well as the essence of her two sisters, Farore and Din, is the source of the Golden Power within the omnipotent sacred relic, the Triforce.[4][5] Her crest is the Mark of Nayru.

At the dawn of existence, Nayru, along with Din and Farore, descended upon the void that was to become the land of Hyrule, each of them creating a different facet of the realm. According to Ocarina of Time, Nayru "poured her wisdom onto the earth and gave the spirit of law to the world."[2] Upon departure, the three goddesses created the Triforce, the embodiment of their divine essence, and left it within the Sacred Realm.[6]

Nayru's divine essence is what constitutes the Triforce of Wisdom, which affords Princess Zelda her great wisdom and mystical abilities. To a much smaller extent, Nayru's essence can also be invoked by a powerful sorcerer. Her essence provides a protective shield of light when the spell Nayru's Love is cast.[7]

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Nayru, the Goddess of Wisdom, is revered for establishing the physical and meta-physical laws of Hyrulean existence, as well as being the designer of space-time itself.[2][3] She is commonly associated with the element of water, and thus she is worshiped as a Goddess of the Seas and other great bodies of water, such as Lake Hylia. Because of her part in creating the laws of the realm, Nayru is possibly also the one worshiped as the Goddess of Time, as referred to in Majora's Mask. Through her association with water, symbols and talismans meant to evoke Nayru are often colored blue.

Of all the races in the Hyrulean realm, the essence of Nayru is best personified by the Zoras. These fish-like, humanoid, water-dwellers are known for their hierarchical form of government, as well as their stoicism and their great wisdom. Though they are native to Zora's Domain, Zoras are found within waterways throughout the Lanayru Province, even as far south as Lake Hylia.

Nayru is commonly associated with string instruments, such as the harp, and singing.

Appearances

A Link to the Past

Although never mentioned in-game, the A Link to the Past manual describes how the three Golden Goddesses descended to the world and created life and order.[8] Nayru, referred to by the manual as the "God of Wisdom", created science and wizardry and brought order to nature.[9] Despite Nayru being referred to as a "god" instead of a "goddess" like in later Zelda games, the A Link to the Past/Four Swords manual changed it to a more ambiguous word: "deity."[4] As such, it can be safely assumed that the God of Wisdom described in the manual is Nayru, the Goddess of Wisdom.

Ocarina of Time

In her first in-game appearance in Ocarina of Time, Nayru is represented by a simple golden figure surrounded by a bluish aura, and it is in this game that she is first referred to as the Goddess, not God, of Wisdom.[2] She is first seen when the Great Deku Tree explains to Link the history of Hyrule's creation, which includes a cut-scene of Nayru soaring along with the other two Golden Goddesses: Farore and Din. She is last seen as the three goddesses depart to the heavens and leave the Triforce hidden in the Sacred Realm.

The Wind Waker

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Nayru's Goddess Statue

In The Wind Waker, Din, Nayru, and Farore are mentioned during the introduction of the game as well as when King Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule explains the tale of the Great Flood to both Link and Tetra. The three goddesses, after hearing the pleas of the people of Hyrule who were faced by Ganon's onslaught of evil, instructed them to flee to Hyrule's mountaintops in order to escape the apocalypse they were about to unleash upon the land to halt Ganondorf's invasion. It was then that the Golden Goddesses chose to seal away the kingdom of Hyrule by bringing a "torrential downpour of rains from the heavens," leaving the land forgotten beneath the waves.[10][11]

A statue depicting Nayru's characteristics can be found on Southern Triangle Island. A miniature version of this statue can be seen behind the Carlov's counter in the Nintendo Gallery. The statues bear a strong resemblance to the oracle Nayru from Oracle of Ages.

Twilight Princess

During the Light Spirit Lanayru's tale of the Sacred Realm, the history of how the three goddesses created the land of Hyrule is retold, albeit in a more compressed manner.[12] Lanayru goes on to explain how word of the Sacred Realm soon spread throughout Hyrule, causing a great battle and marking the appearance of the Dark Interlopers who excelled at magic.[13] These sorcerers tried to establish dominion over the Sacred Realm, but it was then that the goddesses, Nayru included, commanded the three Light Spirits to intervene and seal away the great magic the interlopers had mastered.[14]

Nayru is also one of the Golden Goddesses depicted in a giant monument that appears in the throne room of Hyrule Castle.

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References

  1. "The golden goddesses descended upon the chaos that was Hyrule... [...] Nayru, the goddess of wisdom..." — Great Deku Tree (Ocarina of Time)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Before time began, before spirits and life existed... Three golden goddesses descended upon the chaos that was Hyrule... Din, the goddess of power... Nayru, the goddess of wisdom... Farore, the goddess of courage...[...] Nayru... Poured her wisdom onto the earth and gave the spirit of law to the world." — Great Deku Tree (Ocarina of Time)
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Nayru poured her wisdom onto the earth to give the spirit of law to the world." (Ocarina of Time manual, pg. 5)
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Aeons ago, the Deities of Power, Courage, and Wisdom descended to the world of chaos. They created the world that we know and left behind a symbol of their strength, the golden emblem known as the Triforce, which they hid in the Golden Land." (A Link to the Past & Four Swords manual, pg. 14)
  5. "After the gods had finished their work, they left the world, but not before creating a symbol of their strength, a golden triangle known as the Triforce. A small but powerful portion of the essence of the gods was held in this mighty artifact, which was to guide the intelligent life on the world of Hyrule." (A Link to the Past manual, pg. 3)
  6. "The three great goddesses, their labors completed, departed for the heavens. And golden sacred triangles remained at the point where the goddesses left the world. Since then, the sacred triangles have become the basis of our world's providence. And, the resting place of the triangles has become the Sacred Realm." — Great Deku Tree (Ocarina of Time)
  7. "You got Nayru's Love! Cast this to create a powerful protective barrier. It's defensive magic you can use with (C)." — N/A (Ocarina of Time)
  8. "According to the Hylian scrolls, the mythical gods descended from a distant nebula to the world that was and created order and life." (A Link to the Past manual, pg. 3)
  9. "The God of Wisdom created science and wizardry and brought order to nature." (A Link to the Past manual, pg. 3)
  10. "Faced by an onslaught of evil, the people could do nothing but appeal to the gods. In their last hour, as doom drew nigh, they left their future in the hands of fate." — Introduction (The Wind Waker)
  11. "When the gods heard our pleas, they chose to seal away not only Ganon, but Hyrule itself...and so, with a torrential downpour of rains from the heavens... Our fair kingdom was soon buried beneath the waves, forgotten at the bottom of the ocean. Yet all was not lost.[...] So, before the sealing of the kingdom, the gods chose those who would build a new country and commanded them to take refuge on the mountaintops." — King Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule (The Wind Waker)
  12. "When all was chaos, the goddesses descended and gave order and life to the world. They granted power equally to all who dwelt in the light, and then returned to the heavens. The lands where the goddesses descended came to be known as the Sacred Realm." — Lanayru (Twilight Princess)
  13. "For ages, the people lived at ease, content in mind and body... But soon, word of the Sacred Realm spread through Hyrule, and a great battle ensued... Among those living in the light, interlopers who excelled at magic appeared." — Lanayru (Twilight Princess)
  14. "Wielding powerful sorcery, they tried to establish dominion over the Sacred Realm. It was then that the goddesses ordered us three light spirits to intervene. We sealed away the great magic those individuals had mastered." — Lanayru (Twilight Princess)


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Language Name Meaning
Japanese Japan ネール, 知恵の神
知恵の女神ネールTriforce piece.png
Nayru, God of Wisdom
Goddess of Wisdom: Nayru
Spanish Latin America Nayru, la diosa de la sabiduría Triforce piece.png
French French-speaking countries Nayru, déesse de la SagesseTriforce piece.png
French Canada Nayru, déesse de la sagesse Triforce piece.png
German Germany Nayru, die Göttin der WeisheitTriforce piece.png Nayru, Goddess of Wisdom