Movement of the Master Sword
Hello Zelda fans. Recently, I've been thinking a lot about a topic that has been puzzling me. The Master Sword and its different locations over the years. I'm going to be following Nintendo's "official" timeline during this explanation so this topic doesn't become a timeline debate. If you are unfamiliar with Nintendo's timeline you can find it here: http://www.zeldawiki.org/Timeline
The Master Swords story starts off with Skyward Sword. At the end of that game Link places The Master Sword in the Sealed Temple in the Sealed grounds, which is located in the Faron Province.
The Next chronological occurrence of the Master Sword is the Ocarina of Time. In it, Link finds the Master Sword located in the Temple of Time, which is located inside Castle Town. At the end of the game Link places the Sword back where he found the blade. Now OoT did not separate its version of Hyrule into provinces, but if we look at the map from Twilight Princess, we know that most of Hyrule Field, Hyrule Castle, and Castle Town are all located in the Lanayru Province. Based off that, I can conclude the Master Sword is now in the Lanayru Province.
Now this is where the timeline splits into the child timeline, the adult timeline, and the hero defeated timeline (that everyone seems to hate). If you are unfamiliar with this split please look at the Link (no pun intended) above.
The timeline split I want to talk about is the child timeline, where after defeating Ganon in OoT, Link is sent back to his childhood to warn Zelda. The next game in this timeline to include the Master Sword is Twilight Princess. In this game, Link finds the Master Sword hidden deep within Faron Woods, The Sacred Grove to be exact.
Now this is where things start to get confusing. Skyward Sword has the Master Sword in the Sealed Temple which is located in The Faron Province. The next time we see it is in Ocarina of Time, where its being housed in the Temple of Time... but now its in the Lanayru Province. Now the Final time we see it in this timeline is in Twilight Princess, where we find it in the Sacred Grove in the Faron Province. What the Hell Nintendo.
Now to make things even more confusing, these 3 games are the only games to feature the Temple of Time. Skyward Sword's Temple of Time rests in the Lanayru Province. It does not however, house the Master Sword. Ocarina of Time's Temple of Time also resides in the Lanayru Province, but this temple does house the Master Sword. Finally Twilight Princess's Temple of Time is located in Faron Province and it does have the Master Sword.
Now a lot of people think Oot and TP are the same Temple of Time. They play the same music inside the Temple of Time which helps when trying to connect the two. But the main problem is they are located in different provinces and they are structurally built differently (door of time, statues, stairs). If I were to try and connect a location to TP's Temple of Time, I would say it is the same location as the Sealed Temple in Skyward Sword. I don't think anyone can deny the similarities. The Sealed Ground (SG) and the Sacred Grove (SG) are both temples located in the Faron Province and both house the Master Sword. But do I think these places are the same as Oot's Temple of Time? No. My theory is that there are two different Temple of Times from SS to TP. A Faron Province Temple and a Lanayru Province Temple. According to my theory The Master Sword Starts in the Sealed Temple but, for an unknown reason, is moved to the Lanyaru Temple of Time, which undergoes minor construction to turn it into the Temple of Time of Ocarina of Time. Then, sometime later, the Temple of Time is destroyed (which explains its lack of appearance in TP) and the Master Sword is moved back to the Faron Province, where the Sealed Temple is turned into the Master Sword.
Anyway my theory opens up holes, for example, “Who moves the Master Sword?” Either way, I've become quite fond of my theory and I was wondering what this community thinks about it. Any comments, complaints, and concerns are much appreciated.