The dawn has risen on a new day, the moon not yet crashed into Termina’s Clock Town. Let us honor this avoidance of mass destruction by singing proudly to the 11th installment of our song!

On the eleventh day of Zelda-mas, my princess gave to me:
Eleven bombed Dodongos,
Ten Big Poe souls,
Nine hard levels,
Eight Siren Instruments,
Seven years transpired,
Six Sage Medallions,
Five Golden Bees,
Four Mirror Shards,
Three Goddess Pearls,
Two Kinstone halves,
And a quest from the Great Deku Tree.”

Dodongos are common enemies, ranging in appearance from more dinosaur-like to more lizard-like, who feature in several entries of the Zelda franchise and usually reside in caves or locations characterized by fire. The phrase “bombed Dodongos” in the song, however, refers specifically to Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon, a spin-off game for the Philips CD-i, in which Link, who had a voice actor throughout the game, enthusiastically says “I can’t wait to bomb some dodongos!” For me, though, my first thought when I hear the word “Dodongo” is not of the spiky, slow-moving enemy; rather, I picture instead the Gorons in Ocarina of Time. The presence of Dodongos in Dodongo’s Cavern severely damaged the Gorons’ ability to eat in that game, and so to celebrate Dodongos, today we present YouTube user VocaloidMozart‘s rendition of the the Death Mountain theme (aka the Goron City theme) from Twilight Princess dueted with Anna Kendrick’s Cup song.

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