- 'This article is about the Ocarina of Time item. For the A Link Between Worlds item, see Message in a Bottle.
- "Are you saying my father asked you to come here to save me? I'd never ask anyone to do such a thing! "Letter in a Bottle?" I have no idea what you're talking about! My father is worried about me? I don't care!"
- — Princess Ruto
After Princess Ruto was swallowed by Lord Jabu-Jabu, she apparently wrote a letter requesting help and placed it in a bottle. The bottle eventually made its way to Lake Hylia, as all the water in Zora's Fountain eventually drains into there. During his quest to find the three Spiritual Stones, Link finds the bottle at the bottom of the lake. The note inside reads:
- "Help me. I'm waiting for you inside Lord Jabu-Jabu's belly."
- — Ruto
Link brings the letter to King Zora XVI in his chamber; despite not entirely believing the contents of the letter, King Zora grants Link passage to Zora's Fountain. After having delivered the letter, Link retains the empty bottle. At Zora's Fountain, Link feeds Lord Jabu-Jabu a fish and enters the creature's belly. While traversing the dungeon, Link comes across Princess Ruto, who denies having written any letter and states that she is not leaving until she finds her prized possession, the Zora's Sapphire.
Because Princess Ruto denies writing it it is possible this letter was written by Ganondorf, as he knew of Link's plot to foil his plans, so Ganondorf may have wanted Link to be tricked into going into the belly of Lord Jabu-Jabu, possibly hoping Link would get eaten by the deity. This also may have been a ruse to get Link to get the Zora's Sapphire and open the Door of Time, as Ganondorf wanted to wait until Link did his work for him.