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Zelda’s Lullaby

Link from Legend of Zelda is the original warp whistler. He plays the ocarina in Light World and in Dark. Even his shadow plays the ocarina. It’s a fairy ocarina, and Link carries it with him, somewhere on his person, along with bombs, jugs, and silver arrows.

zelda lullaby

“Zelda’s Lullaby” is a song passed down among the Hyrulean royals and sung to Princess Zelda in her infancy. It can repair broken signs, unlock secret areas, and the Princess loves it. The controller directions pictured above are said to represent the Triforce. The notational shape of the melody also resembles the sacred triangular relic.


Split into three phrases, we begin with three notes that go up then down like a triangle, then played again—another triangle, and the final phrase is a larger triangle that contains the previous two just like a Triforce.

Though the lullaby is in G Major Quadratonic, the tonic G is only played in passing before the final note. Compare this to mogwai song.

“Zelda’s Lullaby” was composed by Jap 6 Jam Champion Koji Kondo. The full version can be heard here.

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One Comment

  1. Hwarg says:

    This song was stuck in my head off and on for literally about seven years.

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