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"Din... With her strong flaming arms, she cultivated the land and created the red earth."
Great Deku Tree

Din, the Goddess of Power, is a recurring character in the Legend of Zelda series. She is one of the three Golden Goddesses of Hyrule. Din, along with her sisters Nayru and Farore, came down from the heavens and created Hyrule out of the chaos the land formerly was, each contributing her part in the process. Din, the Goddess of Power, formed the terrain of Hyrule. Upon departure, the three goddesses left the Triforce, the essence of their power, in the Sacred Realm. As the goddess of power, Din is closely associated with the Triforce of Power. Din is also the creator and deity of the Goron and Gerudo races of people and the "Mountain Goddess" and "Goddess of Sand" they worship is assumed to be Din herself.

The spell Din's Fire was named after her. The Oracle of Seasons, Din of Holodrum, is named after the Goddess of Power, as is her descendant who appears in The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap. Din's Pearl, belonging to the Rito people, was also named after her, and said to have once belonged to her. Eldin Province, a province of Hyrule featuring volcanic mountains, is named in her honor. The Light Spirit, Eldin, and its spring were also named after her likeness. In addition, the dragon Eldin is named after the goddess. Her symbol is the Mark of Din. The earth god in "Earth God's Lyric" Medli learns from Link to restore the Master Sword is Din.

Cultural Titles Among the Races

Goddess of the Sand

It is speculated that Din is the Goddess of the Sand that the Gerudo worship. Some evidence supporting this theory is that Farore is the "Goddess of Wind" spoken of in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker and Nayru could supposedly be the "Goddess of Time" spoken of in The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. (Note, Farore could also be the goddess of time, as Ciela is the spirit of courage and time in The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, and Farore is definitely the goddess of courage. Also, the mark of Nayru is on the Isle of Gust in the same game, so she would most likely be the goddess of wind (also, wind tends to be associated with sand). One contradiction, though, is that Lanayru in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, has an abundance of Timeshift Stones though Lanayru was once a very fertile land and the Lanayru Sand Sea was once a sea of water with the desert conditions being more recent thus explaining the apparent contradiction. The Arbiter's Grounds in Twilight Princess contain statues resembling the Goddess of Sand, holding flames; fire is often closely associated with Din. She would also be indirectly connected to the Gerudo tribe through Ganondorf's Triforce of Power. However, some contradictions to this theory include Din's Fire being found outside Hyrule Castle, while Nayru's Love is found at the Desert Colossus near the Gerudo's home however the locations the spells are all contradictory as Farore's Wind is obtained in Zora's Fountain and where they are found may have little to do with the Goddess and more to do with the Great Fairies entrusted with them as Great Fairies in Ocarina of Time are known to be somewhat eccentric. Furthermore, the idea that Nayru is the Goddess of Time and Farore is the Goddess of Wind is only speculation. A further refute is that in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Lanayru Desert is named after Nayru and not Din, however it is likely due to the province being named after the Lightning Dragon Lanayru who protected the region in the past before it became a desert. The region could have just retained the name as it was a cliff and sea area before. Lanayru is named after Nayru just as the Dragon Eldin is named after Din.

Mountain Goddess

Din is the Mountain Goddess from The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks. Din is known for creating the earth and its features, which would include mountains. However, the Mountain Goddess has never been mentioned in any games other than Spirit Tracks, by the Gorons or any other race. Also, the eruptions believed to be caused by the Mountain Goddess were in reality caused by Cragma.

Theories

Din transformed the Zora into Rito

It could be that Din is who turned the Zora into the Rito as the Rito live in a fiery climate and represent more earth and sky themes than Nayru's water and ice themes. This is why they keep the Din's Pearl and Medli becomes an Earth Sage. However Laruto is a Zora and is also an Earth Sage.

Hyrule's Goddess of Victory

Din could possibly be the goddess of victory and war. Her statue in the Wind Waker bears wings similar to the goddess Nike from Greek mythology and is themed similar to Athena as well, and since Nayru's statue bears fins (water/sea) and Farore's bears flowers (wind/nature) it could make sense, as well as Gorons and Gerudo worshipping her (very war and strength oriented races).

Goddess of Death

Din could be a goddess of the dead, since the Earth Temple (The Wind Waker) is similar to the Shadow Temple layout-wise and Din is the Goddess of Earth.

Non-Canon References

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Hyrule Warriors/Legends

Hyrule Warriors Legends Rito Harp Din's Harp (Level 3 Rito Harp)

Din's Harp appears as Medli's Level 3 Rito Harp. She also has a Level 4 weapon called Din's Harp + which is a stronger version of her Level 3 weapon.

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