The four Light Spirits
|First appearance||Twilight Princess (2006)|
The Light Spirits are the guardian deities of the provinces from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. They are four god-like entities; Ordona, Faron, Eldin and Lanayru. Each Light Spirit resides in a water-filled shrine in the province named after them. They protect their respective provinces using the life force of the gods.
It is known that three of the Light Spirits are named after the three goddesses, and that parts of their names are included in the names of the spirits. Nayru is found in Lanayru, Din's name is in the end of Eldin and part of Farore's name is present in Faron. Part of Farore's name could also be present in Ordona's name, although it could be argued that don, or, and na could also be taken from the names of the other goddesses. Interestingly, when Lanayru reveals to Link the origin of the Fused Shadows, it mentions that three spirits were called by the Gods to seal the pieces away. This is explained that Midna had a piece of Fused Shadow in the Twilight Realm, and since there were three left, the Goddesses only needed the help of three. It is also possible that Ordona didn't exist at the time, similar to Ordon.
A resident of Hyrule Castle Town claims that the Lanayru is only visible to those who are truly courageous and brave. This may simply mean that Lanayru, and perhaps other Light Spirits, only choose to show themselves to certain people, since Zant also appears to be able to see Lanayru when he attacks the spirit.
Aside from keeping the light shining in Hyrule, not much else is known about the powers of the Light Spirits. However, it can be assumed that they have healing powers; whenever Link collects a Tear of Light, a fragment of the light spirit's power, it heals one heart's worth of damage. Also, Link's hearts are slowly replenished whenever he stands in a Spirit's Spring, and lastly the Light Spirits were shown bringing Midna back to life, indicating that they can heal fatal wounds and resurrect deceased beings.
The Light Spirits act as the guardians of the light within Hyrule. A long time ago, a tribe of Dark Interlopers who excelled in the dark magical arts tried to take control over the Sacred Realm and take the Triforce for themselves. Not allowing this to happen, the gods had the Light Spirits stop them. The Light Spirits sealed away the tribe's magic into the Fused Shadow and the interlopers were cornered into the Gerudo Desert. The tribe were then banished to the Twilight Realm by the Gods at Arbiter's Grounds with the Mirror of Twilight acting as a portal to the two worlds. This would not be the end between their feud however.
After some time had passed, one descendant of the tribe known as Zant attacked Hyrule and ordered his minions to steal the light of the spirits. This causes the Shadow Beasts to roam within Hyrule without succumbing to their natural weakness. The light of the spirits were later retrieved by Link, which allows the Light Spirits themselves to appear in front of him. They each tell Link about themselves and the Twili, as well as assist him in one way or another throughout his adventure. They also give Link and Midna information on the whereabouts of the Fused Shadows. The Light Spirits are present in the final battle against Ganondorf, where they combine their powers to create the Light Arrows for Zelda to use. When Ganondorf is defeated, they appear before Link and Zelda, along with Midna whom they resurrect.