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I hurt myself today

To see if I still feel.

I focus on the pain:

The only thing that's real.

The needle tears a hole,

The old familiar sting.

Try to kill it all away,

But I remember everything.


What have I become?

My sweetest friend.

Everyone I know

Goes away in the end.

You could have it all:

My empire of dirt.

I will let you down,

I will make you hurt.


I wear this crown of thorns

Upon my liar's chair,

Full of broken thoughts

I cannot repair.


Beneath the stains of time

The feelings disappear.

You are someone else,

I am still right here.


If I could start again,

A million miles away,

I would keep myself,

I would find a way.

Location Edit

Hurt is found in a corridor in Hilda's Tomb.

Background and Inspiration Edit

Hurt is a song by Nine Inch Nails, later covered by Johnny Cash.

Hurt was added in version 6.4 with Hilda's Tomb. It was included to explore Hilda's feelings regarding the imminent destruction of Lorule. In the context of Relics of Hyrule, the song's lyrics serve to explore Hilda's feelings toward both good and evil during the fall of her kingdom and her own self-reflection.

Symbolic Breakdown Edit

Lyrics Meaning in Relics of Hyrule
I hurt myself today

To see if I still feel. I focus on the pain: The only thing that's real.

Hilda reflects on the destruction of Lorule

and its descent into nothingness.

She has become unsure if she still exists.

The needle tears a hole,

The old familiar sting.

Hilda realizes she still exists and is capable

of pain and reflection.

Try to kill it all away,

But I remember everything.

Hilda is either trying to forget, or is reminding

the evil that destroyed her kingdom that as

much as they try to destroy and kill, she will

remember what they have done.

What have I become?

My sweetest friend.

Everyone I know Goes away in the end.

Hilda reflects to a lost friend on her lapses into

evil while trying to prevent the destruction of her kingdom,

and laments the loss of all of her fellow citizens.

Alternatively, Hilda is the last remaining citizen of Lorule

and has become her own sole companion.

You could have it all:

My empire of dirt.

Hilda admits defeat to the evil that destroyed Lorule, but

as Lorule is destroyed, it is an empty victory. Lorule is

an "empire of dirt," reduced to rubble and ash.

I will let you down,

I will make you hurt.

Hilda threatens her foe that she will not join their side,

and if forced to do so, she will deliberately sabotage

their efforts. She threatens to bring them the same pain

and suffering she has endured and will continue to

undermine her foe.

I wear this crown of thorns

Upon my liar's chair, Full of broken thoughts I cannot repair.

Hilda feels that her regency is a burden, and confesses

to being dishonest and deceitful to her people during her reign.

She regrets her unfairness, but as Lorule is lost, she cannot

regain the trust of her people.

Beneath the stains of time

The feelings disappear. You are someone else, I am still right here.

Hilda acknowledges that over time her regrets, anger and

memories regarding Lorule will fade, and the world (including

the reader) will move on, leaving her behind forever in obscurity.

If I could start again,

A million miles away, I would keep myself, I would find a way.

Hilda fantasizes about an alternative past in which she would

be able to stay just and fair to her people during the downfall

or unobtainable renaissance of her kingdom.

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See Also Edit

Hilda's Tomb

Hilda's Confession

Hilda's Proposition

Crownless

Ruptured Poems