The Triforce (トライフォース Toraifōsu?) is a sacred relic that reappears throughout the Legend of Zelda series. These golden sacred triangles were left behind by the three Golden Goddesses — Din, the Goddess of Power; Nayru, the Goddess of Wisdom; and Farore, the Goddess of Courage — after the creation of the land of Hyrule and Lorule. It was formed at the point where they ascended to the heavens, in a different dimension connected to Hyrule and Lorule, called the Sacred Realm, which would later be referred to as the "Golden Land." Hyrule's Triforce consists of three separate sacred golden triangles: the Triforce of Power (top), the Triforce of Wisdom (left), and the Triforce of Courage (right).
The Triforce has the power to grant the wish of whomever touches it, and molds the Sacred Realm to reflect that person's heart. The Triforce does not discriminate between "good" or "evil". However, if a person without an equal balance of power, wisdom, and courage makes a wish, the Triforce will split into its three separate parts: the piece that best personifies the wish-maker will be the only piece to remain in hand, whilst the other two will take residence in whosoever most personifies them.
Reassembly is then required for such a person's wish to be granted, but does not exclude another from making the attempt. It is also notable that the Triforce is somehow essential to the stability of Hyrule. If it ceased to exist, the land of Hyrule would fall apart. This was the case of Lorule, which collapsed into a state of misery and chaos when Hilda's ancestors wished for their Triforce to cease existing.
Pieces of the Triforce
Hyrule's Triforce can be split up into three pieces, which can then be split up even further, as shown in the original Legend of Zelda game, where the Triforce of Wisdom was split into eight pieces, and in The Wind Waker, where the Triforce of Courage was split into eight pieces. When two people with a Triforce piece come in close contact, the Triforce symbol on their hand will glow and when all three are together (as seen again in both The Wind Waker and Ocarina of Time), it is possible that the Triforce will be summoned. The pieces can also glow on their own.
The Triforce of Courage is one of the three pieces of the Triforce in The Legend of Zelda series. It embodies the power of Farore, one of the Goddesses who created Hyrule. Farore created the creatures to uphold the law created by Nayru, another Goddess who helped create Hyrule.
Unlike the other pieces of the Triforce, the Triforce of Courage did not appear in The Legend of Zelda. It was introduced in The Adventure of Link.
The Triforce of Power is one third of the Triforce, representing power. This piece of the Triforce is held by Ganon, who first obtained it in Ocarina of Time.
This relic was left behind by Din, one of the three Goddesses responsible for creating Hyrule.
The Triforce of Wisdom, often associated with a blue color, holds the essence of the second Goddess, Nayru. Traditionally, this piece of the Triforce is bound to Princess Zelda. In The Legend of Zelda, Princess Zelda divides the Triforce of Wisdom into eight shards and scatters them across Hyrule in order to hide it from Ganon.