@fiercedeity: I'll have you know that my eviction is nothing but the truth.
Really, though, I have no idea then. I just remember punching a snowball earlier in the level and returning a bit afterwards to find the elder within that same snowball. Regardless, I think hiding the man who progresses the game in a snowball (of which there are many) is silly, especially when you're given clues that he's heading for the mountain.
@video_game_king: Y'know what? If Phantom Hourglass had me spitting game into the mic as opposed innuendos, I would have liked that game a lot more.
Oh, right! Actually, if you free him from the snowball and talk to him as normal Link he'll blabber about not believing you're real and walk away pitifully. This may sound silly, but it was actually a bit touching for me to watch that poor, blind old Goron limping away in the freezing cold, If you watch him for long enough, he'll freeze into solid ice, similar to that other Goron. If you leave the area, he'll be in the snow ball again.