The Legend of Zelda and the Bible Part 5: Skyward Sword’s Fortune Teller

Skyward Sword's Fortune Teller Sparrot from Zelda Wiki

*Please read The Legend of Zelda and the Bible Part 6: Worship, Prayer and the Goddess before continuing.

Sparrot (who is supposed to be a man) is a fortune-teller found in the bazaar of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.

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*Note: Sparrot quotes are in italics, while Bible verses are in bold italics.

Sparrot introduces himself:

Gaze into my eyes… Stare deeply into my eyes… These eyes see many things. Oh yes, these lovely, round eyes can even see…into the future! Allow me to tell your fortune, boy!

Fortune-telling is also known as divination:

And they caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire, and used divination and enchantments, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke him to anger.” (2 Kings 17:17)

For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.” (1 Peter 3:12)

When thou art come into the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations.

There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch. Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.“(Deuteronomy 18:9-11)

Come, allow me to foresee your own fortune. It’ll cost just 10 Rupees to light the way along your cloudy path ahead.

Thy [God] word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” (Psalm 119:105)

“Oh yes, these lovely, round eyes can even see…into the future!”

Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,

Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:” (Isaiah 46:9-10)

Regarding Sparrot’s clothing:

The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.” (Deuteronomy 22:5)

But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” (Revelation 21:8)

When Sparrot’s crystal ball shatters, Link steps in and finds a new crystal ball:

…Oh! What do my eyes behold!? This…this is it! You found it! This is exactly the same as the crystal ball I used before! Fates and fortunes! My eyes are wide with the thrill of possibility and damp with tears of gratitude! I’ll be able to start gazing into the future and making predictions at once! Please come by the bazaar again, and I’ll tell your fortune for a special price!

Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure.” (1 Timothy 5:22)

It’s almost as though these exquisite, all-seeing eyes of mine have begun to dull and cloud over with sadness now that my crystal ball is gone.

“…these exquisite all-seeing eyes of mine…

The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.” (Proverbs 15:3)

“…these exquisite, all-seeing eyes of mine have begun to dull and cloud over with sadness now that my crystal ball is gone.

 The crown is fallen from our head: woe unto us, that we have sinned! For this our heart is faint; for these things our eyes are dim.” (Lamentations 5:16-18)

The Bible actually speaks of a woman having a spirit of divination:

And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying: The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.” (Acts 16:16-17)

Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;” (1 Timothy 4:1)

The verse about the woman states that she “brought her masters much gain by soothsaying.” Here’s a case in the Bible where God reveals a secret that the soothsayers cannot:

The king answered and said to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, Art thou able to make known unto me the dream which I have seen, and the interpretation thereof? Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, shew unto the king;

But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these;” (Daniel 2:26-28)

Later in the chapter:

The king answered unto Daniel, and said, Of a truth it is, that your God is a God of gods, and a Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, seeing thou couldest reveal this secret.” (Daniel 2:47)

Unfortunately, Sparrot is not an exception. Fortune tellers are actually found throughout the series:

Fortune-teller (The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past)

Mage (The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures)

Madame Fanadi (The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess)

Wise One (The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks)

Astrid (The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass)

 And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead?” (Isaiah 8:19)

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One Response to The Legend of Zelda and the Bible Part 5: Skyward Sword’s Fortune Teller

  1. You don’t have to go to the fortune tellers in LTTP. I don’t when I play it

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