Saturday, February 23, 2013

Hyrule Historia

I have to admit that I've fallen behind on my Zelda -- I haven't played the newest, Skyward Sword, and I never did pick up Spirit Tracks. I also missed Minish Cap. My completion record also isn't great -- Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages are both sitting somewhere in the 70-90% complete range (though it's been so long that I'll need to start over for sure), and I never finished Four Swords Adventures because I was so bent on only ever playing it with three other people that I never considered the possibility of playing alone.

Still, when Sarah found this at Barnes & Noble tonight, it felt like destiny:

Not long after Ocarina of Time came out, I started scouring the internet for LoZ lore, particularly attempts to arrange the games in a cohesive timeline. I read everything I could find, and when I played Wind Waker, and later Twilight Princess, half the fun was trying to place them in the proper place in time. I loved trying to explain the vast history of the land of Hyrule to the unwashed masses who mistakenly referred to Link as "Zelda"; I imagine it was like Doc Brown's enthusiastic ravings on the subject of time travel.

Anyway, this book has a section that walks you through the three timelines of the series, and it's amazing. I want to study it as a worldbuilding guide. The way they tied the eras together was simply astounding, whether it something overt like, "Soldiers wear green in honor of the legendary Hero of Time", or something more subtle like the design of Link's shield, everything worked together to reinforce the idea that these events were all taking place in the same world.

I'm looking forward to re-reading it... and re-playing all my Zelda games.


  1. A couple of things on the latest in Zelda: Skyward Sword is okay, but I'm disappointed on Zelda's look and the fact that they got rid of Epona. The series doesn't need Epona, but don't replace her with a bird. It just hurts. Also, Spirit Tracks had a train and I couldn't really support that--it didn't seem to fit in the world. I would love to read the Historia in order to hear the explanation on that one.

    All I can say on the 4 swords is that I would play with you (This isn't a pick up line. I just really like Zelda. And I'm very happy in my relationship even though he stopped playing Zelda at Ocarina. I plan on indoctrinating our children with Zelda lore and he understands that, and also that if Link ever popped in my life, I'd probably be out of touch for awhile). I never had anyone to play with either.

    Also, so this doesn't seem completely random (you know, someone commenting post-cryostasis), I found you through the comment section of Rachel Held Evan's blog, and all I can think, God gave us Hyrule for a reason.

  2. I skimmed the sections on Skyward Sword and Spirit Tracks in order to avoid spoilers (it didn't take long for this book to rekindle my love of the series, so I made up my mind to play them), but I remember that the book said something about the tracks already existing on the new continent that they found after Wind Waker / Phantom Hourglass. Not sure how I feel about that explanation yet, but it's not something that the Hylians built.

    My wife's only experience with Zelda was when she watched me play through Twilight Princess. When I was raving about the book again tonight, she told me I should stop sleeping and play through all the games so she could watch. She also stealth ordered me Skyward Sword, so yay!

    If you find yourself bored and in Michigan, 4 swords is theoretically possible. Or, if we're extra lucky, they'll port it to 3DS or Wii U and allow online play.