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Zelda II:  The Adventure of Link is often known as the “black sheep” of the Zelda series, but it is actually a vital foundation in establishing the lore seen in many future games.  The Triforce of Courage was introduced, the concept of Ganon returning from the dead was first used, and Dark Link made his first appearance, as well.  Thanks to GlitterBerri, her network of translators, and their dedicated translating of Hyrule Historia’s Japanese text, we now know yet another vital piece of information concerning the game’s backstory.  Just who was the mysterious wizard who put Zelda in an enchanted sleep and was working so hard to discover the secrets of the Triforce?  Read on to finally discover the secret.

The story of The Adventure of Link says that each King of Hyrule utilized the Triforce to maintain order and prosperity in the land.  He would then pass on the Triforce to his son, the Prince and soon-to-be King.  One generation, though, the King chose to pass on his gift to his daughter, the Princess Zelda, who he deemed as having a more just heart and greater aptitude than her brother.  The Prince then summoned a wizard who put Zelda in a long sleep until a hero could awaken her.  Impa tasked Link with defeating the monsters of the land who were all working to revive Ganon (who, of course, had been slain in the previous game, The Legend of Zelda).

The following information is revealed in Patas’s translation from Hyrule Historia on GlitterBerri’s site:

“[The wizard] was close to the young king.  He spent all his energy casting the spell on Princess Zelda and died right after that.  Given his persistence in discovering the secret of the Triforce, it is thought that his true identity may have been one of Ganon’s alter egos, just like the dark wizard Agahnim, or that he was under Ganon’s command.”

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Now fans know that which many have already been theorizing for decades–that the wizard was actually an alter ego of Ganon, or at least one of his minions.  Considering where Zelda II is placed in the timeline, it’s no surprise that, by that point, Ganon had begun taking precautions to ensure that he could be brought back to life (a demon king of thieves can only die so many times before it starts to get on his nerves, after all).

How does this new piece of lore change your perception of The Adventure of Link:  is it an eye opening surprise, or has this just confirmed what you’ve known all along?

Source:  GlitterBerri