Zelda Fanart Spotlight – Waiting for the Hero of Time

KnowleeNovember 17th, 2012 by Knowlee

Today’s Zelda Fanart Spotlight is on deviantART artist erenik‘s Ocarina of Time fanart titled, “Waiting for the Hero of Time“. This fanart shows Skeik waiting for Link to reappear in the Temple of Time after he pulled the Master Sword from its resting place. The scene that appears once Link awakens from his seven years of slumber is an iconic one since Sheik is the first character that he encounters once he returns to Hyrule. It is Sheik that helps Link find out what he needs to do and sends him on his way.

All I must say though is that Sheik must be a very patient person to be able to wait for Link to reappear for seven years. Not very many people have that much patience.

(Please click on the picture to see it in greater detail.)

This is one of my favorite scenes from Ocarina of Time. There’s not much going on in this scene other than Sheik telling Link what to do next, but I feel that it’s one of those more important scenes seeing as Link has been gone from Hyrule for seven years and in that time many things have changed. He has yet to leave the Temple of Time to see what lies behind its walls and Sheik is basically warning him that things aren’t the same as he last saw them.

In a way you could say that I see this as a rendition of the iconic scene from the original Legend of Zelda where the Old Man gives Link the wooden sword and tells him that it’s dangerous to go alone. That’s how I see this scene being presented. It’s like that scene in that it is a dangerous world out there and that they (the Old Man and Sheik) are giving Link the tools or the knowledge to stand against it.

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Stay tuned for the next Zelda Fanart Spotlight! Until then!

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  • Zelda-May

    Wow, really beautiful with that lighting 0_0 I must say I like the theory the ocarina of time manga had on what Sheik did for those seven years, and this piece of art reminds me of how Kick-ass Sheik really is!

  • itsameluigi1290

    My GOODNESS she must’ve been lonely. It took me FOREVER just to beat the Water Temple! Now I’m guilty ;~;

  • goddesssword


    well Impa had to wait a lot longer for the hero in Skyward Sword. Sheik did wait a long time, but compared to what Impa went through, it was hardly a challenge.

    • MasterOfSwords1

      But she had her friends to keep her company…

      Did I say friends? I meant herself. Wow, that must have sucked.

    • Tehlul

      I imagine zelda had to receive some sort of formal training from Impa to become shiek as well so she may have spent only 1-2 years waiting, just a thought though.

  • Link Fanatic

    You misspelled Sheik in the second sentence. I don’t think he will take to well to be called Skeik. :P

    • Link Fanatic

      Beautiful piece, by the way. :D

    • Zelda4Life

      I don’t think Shiek will take well to being called a “he” either.

      • Link Fanatic

        I’ve made a habit of calling Shiek “Him”, when I was still little, because Ruto had referred to SHiek as male. And, I don’t really care to break it. Sides, if you think about, SHeik might rather be referred to as male then female, so that it still kepps Ganondorf from thinking that its really Zelda. (please excuse my spelling/grammar…. I havent gotten enough sleep, due to insomnia)

  • MiniJen

    Sheik is one of my absolute favorite Zelda characters! (if u don’t believe me look at my profile pic ;) It must have been hard for her to wait all those years, not to mention to wait for him to finish all of the temples, but I think that Sheik did more then just sit around waiting…. :) But this is a beautiful pic nonetheless :)

  • EOTW

    Good job avoiding pronouns.

  • Zelda4Life

    This is a very well done piece, and it really makes you feel bad for Shiek. Just thinking about waiting in the same, boring place for seven years makes me feel impatient.

  • http://www.facebook.com/MaaShinn Matthew Shannon

    love it!

  • Princess Zelda

    Beautiful . . . I am at a loss for words.

  • Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule

    Shouldn’t comatose Link be somewhere in this picture?

    • Divine Demon King Ratatosk

      He should, but i think that his body was taken to the temple of light to wait for his spirit. It is sort of hinted at that due to the fact that every time a sage is freed in the other five temples/dungons, he appears in what i can only guess is the sages part of the temple of light and that the other parts hide a sword even stronger than the Master Sword, cause the Master Sword was altered by the ancient sages to act as a key to the sacred realm after the SS adventure. so there must be a sword somewhere in Hyrule that is unaltered to be able to combat the Master Sword if it ever gets corrupted. if anyone wonders what one of the alterations is, its the removal of the Skyward Strike.

  • zark

    only issue is that link would still be there because only his spirit was taken to the realm of the gods

  • Emma Mix

    Very nice. It’s plain and simplistic, but elegant in form, especially with the light streaming in through the window. Perfect!

  • baileygirl99

    thats beautiful.

  • Naga

    you know, impa in SS probably waited longer just for Link to get to the surface.