I can't help but think of Yoda when I see the old man's sprite. Plus, this thought pops into my head...
You did it Link, you beat that shadow you good!
But of course! Now for my golden grilled cheese triangle!
Sure, take it. You've earned it! Plus, I probably shouldn't be telling you this, but... you actually had the Triforce the whole time! Those six temples were just trials to enhance your skills and instill the self confidence necessary to face your inner demons and unlock its power! Also, that gal in the next room really isn't the first
Zelda since she and you are probably descendants of the real first Zelda... so in a way, I guess you're brother and sister. Oh yeah, that also means you're not even the first Link. Thank Nintendo for the convoluted timeline worthy of George Lucas.
Wait, what!? Also, why isn't there a spiritual representation of my friends and family in the end?
Only in the Nintendo Power ALTTP comic and not at the end!
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link © Nintendo