- This article is about the Skyward Sword character. For the recurring location in the Legend of Zelda series, see Lake Hylia.
Hylia with the five tribes of the Surface
|First appearance||Skyward Sword (2011)|
As told in legend, the Golden Goddesses left the Triforce in Hylia's care when they departed from the world. However, the demon king Demise and his forces rushed from the earth to take the Triforce, attacking the people of The Surface. Hylia gathered the surviving humans on a piece of land and sent it to the heavens, beyond the clouds.
With the humans gone, she united the Ancient Robots, the Gorons, the Kikwis, the Mogmas and the Parella to battle Demise's forces, sealing away the demon king within the Sealed Grounds. However, knowing that Demise's followers would attempt to free him, Hylia had the Goddess Sword created and stored within the Statue of the Goddess. She then discarded her divine power, her immortality, and the memories of her life as the Goddess to be reborn among the residents of Skyloft. In her final moments, Hylia entrusted Impa of the Sheikah tribe with the task of protecting her future incarnation.
It is speculated that the Light Force in The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap was actually the dormant power of Hylia present in her reincarnations, the various Zeldas. However, this is contradicted by the statement in The Minish Cap that the Light Force was given to mankind by the Minish. Additionally, the Light Force is said to have been given first to the Hero of Men, who is implied to be an incarnation of Link, not Zelda.
It has been suggested that Hylia is the Goddess of Time in The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. Hylia's connection to the flow of time is shown in her creation of the Gates of Time, as well as in Fi's messages from Hylia mentioning the goddess speaking from "the edge of time", though the latter may simply refer to her message being left long ago. The major contradiction to this theory is that the Goddess of Time is mentioned long after Hylia is effectively dead. Her reincarnation is Princess Zelda, the very person who tells Link that the Goddess of Time will aid him, indicating she is referring to someone other than herself. However it is possible that, either Zelda's descendants lost the memories of being Hylia; that the supposed nature of her power may have allowed the Goddess to travel through time before her death, and thus visit a future Hyrule or Termina; or that the Goddess Hylia survived her first reincarnation's death as a spiritual being without material shape. Additionally, though, the Goddess of Time is mentioned by two denizens of Termina, who have no known understanding of Hylian lore, making it unlikely they are aware of a goddess from a foreign land's distant past. Evidence of Hylia being the Goddess of Time may have also been presented in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess when Link ventures into the Temple of Time. As Link searches for the first small key he journeys into a small chamber with two Armos statues. There is a carving on one of the walls that depicts an upside down Loftwing. This exact symbol is used in Skyward Sword as the symbol of Hylia.