Spirits of Light
- This article is about the four guardian spirits seen in Twilight Princess. For the spirits spoken of in New Hyrule, see Spirits of Good.
The four Spirits of Light
|Attributes||Guardians of the provinces of Ordona, Faron, Eldin, and Lanayru|
The Spirits of Light are the four spirits that watch over each of the four populated provinces of Hyrule in Twilight Princess. They guard the provinces of Ordona, Faron, Eldin, and Lanayru. They are named after the guardian dragons from the Era of the Goddess Hylia.
The Light Spirits were set to Hyrule to contain the Light that sustains Hyrule. When Link restores the light to Lanayru Province, Lanayru tells the legend of the Twili. Long ago, a tribe of Dark Interlopers who excelled in the dark magical arts tried to establish dominion over the Sacred Realm in order to gain the power of the Triforce. However, the Gods asked the 3 Light Spirits to intervene. For some reason the spirit of Ordona was not included in these 3, maybe due to it not being part of "Hyrule Proper", or it may have been that Nintendo just forgot to include Ordona in the event. The Light Spirits sealed away the tribe's magic into the Fused Shadow and the interlopers were chased across Hyrule into the Gerudo Desert. It was then the Tribe was banished into the Twilight Realm by the Gods at Arbiter's Grounds, to be sealed away forever. However, the Gods left one link between the two worlds, the Mirror of Twilight, which was to be guarded by the Six Sages.
In Twilight Princess, Link has to rid the land of Hyrule from the twilight by restoring the Light Spirits Faron, Eldin and Lanayru, through collecting Tears of Light scattered across each province. The Light Spirits prove essential in Link and Midna's quest to find the Fused Shadows, as only they seem to have knowledge of where the dark objects are located. The Light Spirits also appear in the final battle against Ganondorf as they combine their powers to create arrows of light. After Ganondorf is defeated, they appear before Link and Zelda, seemingly having resurrected Midna.
The spirits as they appear in order to Link:
- Ordona appears as a goat.
- Faron appears as a monkey.
- Eldin appears as a moth, hawk, or owl.
- Lanayru appears as a serpent.
- Ordona is the only Spirit of Light that is not named after a goddess (Faron is named after Farore, Eldin is named after Din and Lanayru is named after Nayru).
- While the Twili and their related artifacts tend to have structured, inorganic patterns, the Spirits of Light and Light objects are covered in curved and flowing markings. The difference in structural imagery serves as additional visual constrast between the two opposing sides in Twilight Princess.
- "The Surface is divided into three regions. Each region is named after one of the dragons, Faron, Eldin, and Lanayru, who protect the Sacred Flames." (Hyrule Historia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 74)
- "Hyrule Castle, located in Lanayru Province, sits at the heart of the world. The provinces known as Lanayru, Faron, Eldin, and Ordona bear the same names as they did in the Era of the Goddess Hylia. They are protected by the Light Spirits who share their names." (Hyrule Historia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 116)
- "Oh, no, I don't believe he's from Hyrule proper at all. No, my understanding is that he's from the small neighboring province of Ordona." — Shad (Twilight Princess)
- "What do you think happened to the magic wielders who tried to rule the Sacred Realm? They were banished. They were chased across the sacred lands of Hyrule and driven into another realm by the goddesses." — Midna (Twilight Princess)
- "Though the goddesses forbade us to return to the world of light, they left one link between the light and the darkness. Something called the Mirror of Twilight was passed to the protectors of Hyrule..." — Midna (Twilight Princess)
- "It's only visible to the brave, so a swordsman might be able to see it." — Hylian woman in Hyrule Castle Town, in reference to Lanayru (Twilight Princess)