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.
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 even heal fatal wounds.
During the final fight, Princess Zelda asks the Light Spirits to "grant her the power to banish evil." She and Link then vanish out of Ganondorf's path, and the Spirits give Zelda the Light Arrows. After Ganondorf is defeated, the Light Spirits resurrect Midna after her death in Hyrule Castle.