I’m sure I’ve talked countless times about how Ravio is my favorite Zelda character, and there’s a lot of reasons for it. He’s funny, he’s clever, and most importantly, even though he sees himself as a coward, he still makes an effort to do the right thing. He knows Hilda is struggling, and even though he thinks there’s nothing he can do, he travels to a new world to find someone who he knows can help her see the light again. This story is perfectly orchestrated in Cleffernotes’ musical piece simply entitled “Hero of Lorule.”
Medli’s Melodies is a series in which we choose our favorite songs from The Legend of Zelda franchise, or highlight a special piece of music from the perpetually creative fan community. Music has always such been such an integral component of Zelda games, and we’re here to celebrate that every week!
The piece begins with “Ravio’s Theme.” A fun, plucky tune that perfectly describes the wacky merchant we know and love. I imagine this being the beginning of the story, where Ravio tries to lighten the mood in an intense meeting between himself, Hilda, and Yuga. He, in his own Ravio way, tries to tell Hilda that maybe Yuga’s ideas are not so good. With a powerful brass section interrupting the main theme, I then imagine Yuga pushing off Ravio’s ideas as naive or rubbish. He is, however, too timid to continue to fight back. The tone of the music becomes quite sinister at this point. This is where I imagine Hilda making her final decision, each of her council members staring and making the atmosphere tense. Ultimately, Hilda makes the wrong choice.
A little after a minute in, the “Dark World Theme” solemnly plays. Its quiet overtone leads me to think of a sadder scene. After Yuga’s plan has been put into action, Ravio still thinks Yuga is merely using the princess, but Hilda will not listen to any more that he has to say. He decides to pack his things quietly and use the last bit of magic he has to reach the world of light, where he knows there must be a brave, courageous hero that would be willing to help him and his world in a way he can not.
The “Dark World Theme” has always been one, to me, that sounds like triumph and victory, like the light has been brought to this world of bleakness and sorrow, and that proves true in this soundtrack as well. The music intensifies with a choir and strings, which leads my imagination to this being Ravio’s farewell to Lorule. He and Sheerow take one last look at their crumbling kingdom, not certain if they will ever be able to return, knowing this is the best thing they can do for their people and their princess. Thus, the Hero of Lorule is born.
It’s a short orchestration, just breaking two minutes and thirty seconds, yet it inspires a whole story that we don’t actually get to see in the game. We only get a look into Ravio’s diary (on Hero Mode no less) to see how the situation played out, and we’re left to our imagination to figure out the rest. With the assistance of a beautiful composition like this, it makes everything all the more easy and enjoyable.