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Was There A Hero Before Skyward Sword Link?

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This is a topic that's been on my mind a long time. There's only one instance in Skyward Sword where it's hinted that there might have been a Hero before Skyward Sword Link, and that's during the presentation of the Sailcloth during the Wing Ceremony:

Zelda said:
You know, they say that the Goddess gave the Sailcloth to her chosen hero long ago. Of course, the one you're holding isn't the same one
I usually go back and forth on how to take this. Sometimes I wonder if there really was a Hero before SS Link, but the problem there is why isn't he mentioned within the legend of sealing Demise away? Perhaps the whole ceremony is a faux re-enactment, and is just a way for SS Link to get a Sailcloth, which is an item he'll need?

It's definitely a weird topic. Which answer do you lean in favor of?
 

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Well the HH has a non canon manga with a Link before SS (which is a much better story btw). I don't know what a non canon story is doing in a canon book but there you go.

Aonuma also said that SS may not always be the beginning... so there likely will be a prequel to SS at some point wih a hero.

At this point I'd say it is very likely that there is/was/will be a hero before SS.
 

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Yeah there could be a hero before skyward sword, but this hero almost certainly would have failed and not necessarily been a wielder of a triforce, otherwise hylia wouldn't have sent her people to the sky. My understanding is that before skyward sword there was just a massive war between light and dark

Link could also be a reincarnation of that hero just like Zelda is a reincarnation of hylia, but that's dubious since it would have likely been mentioned in game if that were the case
 
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Link in Skyward Sword is refered as Hylia's chosen hero. He is the one who destroy both Demise and the Imprisioned by hers instructions. Hylia gave up her immortality to this cause. I wonder if the spirit of the hero is also a reincarnation of a previous God. In MM, I imagine Fierce Deity being the hero of Time being able to attune to this previous form using the bonds he created in Termina.
 

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This is a topic that's been on my mind a long time. There's only one instance in Skyward Sword where it's hinted that there might have been a Hero before Skyward Sword Link, and that's during the presentation of the Sailcloth during the Wing Ceremony:



I usually go back and forth on how to take this. Sometimes I wonder if there really was a Hero before SS Link, but the problem there is why isn't he mentioned within the legend of sealing Demise away? Perhaps the whole ceremony is a faux re-enactment, and is just a way for SS Link to get a Sailcloth, which is an item he'll need?

It's definitely a weird topic. Which answer do you lean in favor of?
We can clearly see from the introduction that the goddess seals Demise herself. Even if there was a hero he has failed to vanquish Demise.
 
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I'd say that Skyward Sword still serves as the earliest point of Hylian history, but given Zelda's words to Link, I think it's possible there was a hero predating the events of Skyward Sword who served in Hylia's army against Demise, hence the title bestowed to SS LInk as being "Hylia's Champion". It also reveals some very interesting philosophical implications for Breath of the Wild who is also referred to as a Champion or the Chosen One. I wish I could say more but it would all be conjecture at this point.
 
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What if all time in Zelda is circular and BOTW Link's sail cloth is what they were talking about. . . . .

(:

Seriously though prior to everything being raised to skyloft there was a Kingdom down on the ground. A Link could've held off the dark armies long enough for the Goddess (who could've also been human) to raise the kingdom to the sky until Demise was sealed. Perhaps she lost her "life" sealing Demise which is how the Kingdom got stuck in the sky, until another incarnation of the Goddess returned to combat a Demise who finally gained the strenth to attempt to escape.
 

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