Link's Journey

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

Link's Awakening tells the tale of the hero of A Link to the Past and how after his first great victory he sat out on a mission of training, to hone his skills, sharpen his wits and master techniques of battle from around the world. Link sailed to foreign lands where he disciplined his mind and body. When he felt ready to return to Hyrule, he bought a small sailboat and headed across the Great Hyrulean Sea. The journey ended in a storm that crushed and sank Link's ship. Clinging to a piece of flotsam, our hero floated toward a mysterious tropical shore, unconscious and barely alive.

When Link washed up on the beach of Koholint Island, he had no energy to stand or cry for help. Through half-closed eyes, he gazed out on a tropical forest with a tall volcano rising in the distance, and he thought it was odd that the volcano was topped by a giant, spotted egg.

At one point, it seemed to him that Zelda was speaking to him and that he was in a soft bed. At times, he thought he was caught in a bizarre dream.

Indeed, Link awoke in a soft bed, but the young woman who tended him was not Zelda, but Marin. She had found him and brought him home to heal. From Tarin, Marin's father, he learned that evil creatures had appeared shortly after his arrival. Then, when Link returned to the beach to retrieve his sword, an owl flapped down beside him and told him the strangest story he'd ever heard.

According to the wise old bird, Link was the hero who had come to wake the Wind Fish, and he couldn't leave until that task had been done. In adventures that followed, Link learned that Koholint Island existed only in the dreams of the Wind Fish...and he was a part of that dream...