Timeshift Thursday – Kokiri Forest

TimothyFebruary 14th, 2013 by Timothy

Most Zelda fans were introduced to the world of Hyrule by starting off in the gorgeous Kokiri Forest; at least I was. I’m sure plenty of readers remember slotting in the masterpiece of Ocarina of Time into their Nintendo 64 console and, for the first time, control Link in a full 3D environment. Kokiri Forest was the perfect introduction for newcomers and old-timers to start a Zelda adventure because of its spacious, beautiful environment, joyous themes of its inhabitants, the Kokiri, and its ability in taking you away to a virtual reality where your dreams of living that particular lifestyle were genuine. It reminds me of another group of people and their lifestyle from a different fantasy world which I will be discussing in this edition of “Timeshift Thursday”.

Another hot topic we will look at is the discussion of where Kokiri Forest and the Kokiri are in Zelda titles released after Ocarina of Time such as the Wind Waker and Twilight Princess. Are there any resemblances from those games which could give us an idea where Kokiri Forest is actually located? Where do the Kokiri reside after the events of Ocarina of Time? Some theories which have arisen from these interrogative thoughts may sound shocking or seem absolutely weird but hopefully you will enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed researching into them.

If you would like to learn more about Kokiri Forest and the Kokiri click the jump below!

The Kokiri are a bunch of carefree, happy, child-like individuals who have no concern about what events occur outside their humble abode, Kokiri Forest. They strive to keep the forest a safe haven for themselves and their hallowed guardian, the Great Deku Tree, while also having a fairy given to them from birth to teach them and help them grow up into their mature state of mind. Because of this, the Kokiri remind me of the Hobbits from the Lord of the Rings books. Hobbits, like Kokiri, appear child-like no matter their age and would rather keep to themselves letting everyone else sort out the world’s problems. Hobbits also showcase a joyful nature like the Kokiri and see no need in searching for adventure and the outside world. As the Kokiri believe they will die if they leave the forest, so do Hobbits believe they won’t come back if they decide to explore beyond the boundaries of their home, the Shire. Could there have been some inspiration from J.R.R Tolkein’s fantasy books?

Now we come to some important theories to look at. Let’s discuss where the Kokiri Forest and the Kokiri race are thought to be situated after the events of Ocarina of Time. In the Wind Waker, we gain a good understanding of where the Kokiri inhabitants ended up. As Link travels, he comes to a sacred place called Forest Haven featuring creatures called Koroks. Because of the Koroks and Forest Haven’s clear resemblance, fans do believe this is the original Kokiri Forest from Ocarina of Time and its inhabitants the descendants of the Kokiri. The Great Deku Tree in Forest Haven is also thought to be the Deku Sprout which appears to have grown after Link clears the Forest Temple in Ocarina of Time. Some Zelda gamers also think that the Forbidden Woods dungeon in the Wind Waker is actually the genuine Kokiri Forest because, after you receive the Deku Leaf, one of the Koroks says that the Forbidden Woods used to be their dwelling place. Also, as you explore the woods you can notice that there happen to be stump shaped houses which look closely similar to the ones the Kokiri dwell in.

There are also theories as to where Kokiri Forest and the Kokiri are in Twilight Princess. A lot of fans place emphasis on Ordon Village, where Link grows up in Twilight Princess, to be the location of the original Kokiri Forest. This could be possible because of the abundance of forestry placed behind the village and its location in the south-east of Hyrule. Other Zelda fans have speculated that Kokiri Forest is a certain area in Faron Woods where a lake of poisonous fog presides because there happens to be a broken bridge which looks like the one featured in Kokiri Forest. This area is also closer to the Forest Temple and Sacred Realm giving a strong reason to believe it is situated around that certain area of the Faron Woods. Yet, because Nintendo increased the areas and regions in Twilight Princess to a larger scale compared to Ocarina of Time, the Ordon Village could still be the old Kokiri Forest and the differences in distance could be aesthetic.

So is there any reference to where the Kokiri are in Twilight Princess? Well, according to research, certain monkeys who guide Link through the Forest Temple are thought to actually be transformed Kokiri who have just evolved because of their need to adapt better to the environment they reside in. Some have speculated that the Kokiri symbol is actually tattooed on the shoulders of these monkeys although this could be just the Oocca symbol found in most places of Twilight Princess. Others suggest that the Kokiri changed into monkeys because the unintentional alliance with the Hylians ceased to exist when Link was sent back in time at the end of Ocarina of Time. Other than that though, there isn’t that much to persuade people that Kokiris exist in Twilight Princess. Zelda gamers definitely conclude that the Ordonians are just people that migrated to the area and have no connection with the Kokiri at all.

I love starting my Zelda journey in the Kokiri Forest because of its amazing surroundings and gorgeous water features to explore. The Kokiri are such amazing creatures to spend time with and the accompanying music represents their child-like nature erasing any thoughts of how old they really are. In my opinion, this is the perfect introduction for a newcomer to start a Zelda game because of its simplicity in moving around the designated area. Those who have played the Ocarina of Time 3DS remake may have had nostalgia, like myself, when exploring Kokiri Forest again while (if you used the 3D effect) the fairies seemingly pop out and fly around just in front of your astounded eyes. It all seemed so magical!

Do you remember the first time you explored Kokiri Forest? What are your thoughts on the theories about Kokiri Forest and the Kokiri? Do you think the Kokiri act like the Hobbits from Lord of the Rings?

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  • Jacob Tasiemski

    Wait . . . Ocarina of time is for wii? since when?

    • Princess Niki

      Its on virtual console in the wii shop.

  • Xyrelt

    Ah the Kokiri Forest. SO many fond memories, and so many mysteries. One thing I felt the Zelda franchise (especially Ocarina of Time) does well is create a sense that your actions are affecting the world around you. I remember the sheer sense of dread when returning to the forest as adult and seeing it overrun by monsters. After completing the Forest Temple, I was filled with glee when the fiends were gone, and the Kokiri were free to safely leave their homes.

    • Timothy

      I forgot to mention that in my article yet that sense of emotion also affected me. Seeing the Forest overrun with foul creatures gave me the urge to go out and try to kill every single villain infecting the area. It was so sad to see the world turning for the worse yet Link was there to make it all better again :D

      • Xyrelt

        Still a very well-written article. I never noticed that odd similarity between Kokiri and Hobbits. There are so many bizarre occurrences in the Kokiri Forest. I have yet to understand the bizarre nature of Fado and her fixation on Stalfos (plural?).

  • Christburner

    ..youre reachin with that hobbit comparison…yeah hobbits rarely look their age. but they stop resembling children as anyone would after a few years. and they are hill dwellers.. in what are more like meadows than trees of a forest. i think youd get a closer analogy relating the kokiri to the lost boys of never land. eternal children, tree houses, fun loving spirits, not to mention the addition of fairies (i dont remember any “tinker bells” in the shire) and the fact that its no secret Miyamoto was inspired by Peter Pan.

  • JeredenDonnar

    Those theories are strange. The Great Deku tree of TWW (along with the obviously-kokiri sage of wind) say that the koroks are the kokiri in the new age, no longer able to dwell simply in a secluded forest, they must travel and renew. Thus, TGDT of TWW is the sprout. How they all got above the waves still baffles me, they weren’t very high up in Oot, neither was Kakariko cvillage (which i’ve heard people attribute Windfall to). I just can’t figure out how those places came to be (the forest havens) because they weren’t there in OoT. Maybe TGDT sensed what was coming and grew a series of “cocoons” for the forest and raised them up, I don’t know.

    • Cillendor

      There isn’t a lot of sense to it, but more likely the Goddesses raised up all of the islands. Really, though, it makes no sense. Hyrule is underwater, but New Hyrule is not. Was New Hyrule on some towering cliff before, only now brought down to sea level, or did Old Hyrule actually sink? But then did the other lands from The Adventure of Link sink as well? A sinking continent would produce massive waves and earthquakes everywhere else, so the whole world should’ve been destroyed. But that’s when you sit back and remind yourself that it’s a fairly simple story in a video game that isn’t probably meant to be taken absolutely literally.

  • SoundersTID

    I agree about the similarities to the Koroks from WW, because it says that the inhabitants of Hyrule were commanded to go to the tops of the mountains in order to continue the civilization. Also, I notice a relation with the Kikwi’s from Skyward Sword, who could be some distant ancestors of the Kokiri, along with the great tree in the center of Faron Woods. Just a couple of thoughts to ponder.

    • Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule

      There’s no relation to the Kikwi’s. They just happen to live in a forest, like the Kokiri do.

  • Cillendor

    I think instead of being the monkeys from Twilight Princess, the Kokiri became Skull Kid’s Puppets. I think that since the Great Deku Tree died but no sprout was planted, that the forest was no longer safe for them. Fearing the invading Hylians who began colonizing the newly-named Ordona province, they turned to another long-time dweller of the forest, the Skull Kid. Whether by his own malicious actions or because of the death of the Deku Tree, the Kokiri eventually became nothing more than puppets under the command of the Skull Kid.

    • Anonymous

      Link Reincarnated: Where is Saria? Is she safe? Is she alright?

      Skull Kid: It seems… in our game… you killed her…

      Link Reincarnated: I… I couldn’t have. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWaLxFIVX1s

    • Guy

      eh…

  • thomas kavanagh

    I say it is the other way round, i say that the Monkey’s, Korok’s , Ordon’s and then Kokiri’s… I think it is a straight MONKEY to HUMAN set up… But a wee difference

  • Ahalii

    Isn’t it possible that the Kokiri village was located entirely inside the Lost Woods? Since in order to get to Hyrule field you have to past over the bridge that is daintily located in the Lost Woods?

    • Ahalii

      *entirely, not daintily. I don’t know how that got there.

    • Sir GearHeart

      I like that idea, the Kokiri are simply hidden away in the lost woods. Maybe sealed away. Living out their long long lives away from the world much as they have done before. The fairy folk can only be seen by a select few, of which the hero of time was one. They say if you go into a vast forest and wander until you can no more and you stand absolutely still you can hear the sounds of children laughing coming from far off. At least that is what my personal lore says until such time as its completely refuted.

  • http://www.facebook.com/SpiderSayanLink Jeremy DeadDrunk

    It might be possible that the Kokiris all transformed intro Skull Kids when they left their Village and got lost in the Lost Woods. At least that’s what you get explained when you ask Navi about a Skull Kid in OoT. So maybe after Link defeated Ghoma and the great Deku Tree died, and they had no one to protect the Village, they fleed to the Lost Woods while the Monsters came to their Village when Link was in his 7-year sleep. So they could be all Skull Kids in Twilight Princess. The ending of Ocarina of Time don’t clearly shows what’s happening after Link defeated Ganon and was send back 7 years in Time. Maybe the Deku Tree still had to die upon Ghoma, and maybe because he was dead, Monsters gathered in the Village what made the Kokiris go to the Lost Woods. But this is only speculation.

  • Mseevers95

    NO you can not haveses the masterses swords. It is my precious!

  • austin vidionin

    why 3DS again i want to hear articles of this game about n64

  • Majoramaster57

    i love kokiri forest, i started playing zelda when my dad beat twilight princess. I found his nintendo 64 and started playing, it was the second best game i had ever played(second of course to majora’s mask) i’ve replayed both games at least 5 times and finished everything there is to do in mask.