This is no different in the Zelda world either. If you know that tiny tip to help kill Gohma, or “Twenty-Three is Number One” then you are going to be able to push the saviour of Hyrule a lot faster than if you had to systematically kill all of those Deku Scrubs and then realise how to get through to battle with Gohma. Yet, there are also bits of information that only a few should really be privy to, such as Zelda’s a bit of a tomboy.
If you haven’t guessed it yet, we are discussing Gossip Stones, and how they have seemingly disappeared from Hyrule altogether. The first time we really see Gossip Stones is in Ocarina of Time, and we then see them again in the parallel world of Termina. That’s it. There are no other references to a stone that can tell you the thoughts and the gossip of other people in any other Zelda game at all.
The Gossip Stones are grey, round and somewhat soft items within Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask. They contain something that is of great significance to the first argument that will be presented. Each Gossip Stone is unique, and they will all say something different, these different items of news are what make them important in the social commentary of the Zelda games. Yet, the emblem that has been carved onto each Stone is one that is more generally associated with the Shiekah tribe.
As is shown from the image above, the Gossip Stone is most certainly engraved; however, that’s not the important part. The important part is the fact that it retains the majority of the Shiekah symbol, which is described as being three parts of the Triforce over something below it. This item below it varies depending upon what we are analysing. In this case it could be described as a disjointed Triforce and an Eye underneath it. This Eye is considered an Eye because of the Mask owned by the Happy Mask Shop Man, who has named the mask, The Eye of Truth.
It could easily be a possibility that the Shiekah were able to Communicate through the Gossip Stones and that the other people who needed to understand what they were saying used the mask, The Eye of Truth to understand what was being said. If these were used for communication, there are two possibilities available to us - instant telecommunication or a message system. The former seems the least likely out of the pair. My reasoning for this argument is because if the messages were instant, like a telephone, we would not be able to go up to the Gossip Stones and learn of the fact that Zelda is a tomboy, or that Malon set the original record at the Lon Lon Ranch for the races.
The latter seems far more likely, for two reasons. Simply for the counter argument of the mentioned, it seems like they are left messages as we can access the same message time and time again. Further, it would also appear to be more likely because of the positions of these Gossip Stones, they tend to be in very important places, be that geographically as they do tend to watch over important areas, be that the Fire Temple, the Lost Woods, The Temple of Time or Hyrule Castle and because they all do tend to be a touch on the “hidden” side. None of them, aside from at The Temple of Time are in obvious locations, and that means that if there are Shiekahs out there, they can easily access one of these stones to leave a message for their fellow Shiekahs.
Yet, where did they go after Ocarina of Time? They just disappeared out of Hyrule, as Termina is not in Hyrule at all. It is a possibility that the Gossip Stones are simply created by the Shiekah’s, for the Royal Family and other Shiekah tribe members, and without the tribe’s existence and the existence of the original Royal Family, they have become useless and have simply been swept away into time; such as the stories about the original creation of Hyrule and the Goddesses.
However, there should be some form of reference to the Gossip Stones themselves if the Shiekah made them, as they were landmarks on the geography of Hyrule. Even if the Shiekah became extinct over time, the marks that they left on the land should not have died with them. In reality they should have remained, maybe covered in moss, maybe not. But they should have been there.
We know that when a Shiekah dies, their work does not die with them as we have documented proof of this. The Composer Brother’s, although never officially classified by Nintendo as Shiekah, are obviously Shiekah as they claim:
I am one of the ghostly composer brothers of Kakariko Village.
We know that they were born in Kakariko because of this, and we must therefore assume that they are Shiekah as the Village was exclusively for the Shiekah until Impa opened up the village to the general populace of Hyrule. These brothers prove the fact that what the Shiekah do on Hyrule does not fall with them, as they etched the Sun’s Song onto the Royal Family’s main tombstone, and that did not fall with the brothers.
It could simply be that the stones were harnessed and used in other ways. We see only two further examples of something similar to what the Gossip Stones could be, and that’s with the Stone given to Link by Tetra in The Wind Waker, where Tetra and The King of Red Lions can directly communicate with Link, and in A Link to the Past where there are those “tiles” where Link can communicate with Sashrilla.
Yet, both of those examples go against everything that I have argued for within this article. However, it is the only plausible explanation of what happened to these stones, which select people, can use the stone to communicate with someone telepathically by touching the stone. After all, in A Link to the Past telepathy is not something that is unusual, as Link receives telepathic messages from Zelda at the very beginning of his adventure through Hyrule. It’s not an impossible thought that throughout the hundreds, if not thousands of years between Ocarina of Time and A Link to the Past, including The Wind Waker, that the Royal Family, the strongest family in Hyrule, have managed to re-gather the secrets of the Shiekah tribe and better their invention.
However, there’s no solid proof either way. I would like to see some more background information on this area of Zelda. Simply because it could easily provide a very interesting social history and background to the Zelda games; for those of us who are hardcore enough to care.Follow This Entry | Leave a Response | Trackback
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