Timeline. It’s a dangerous word to us around the Zelda fansites, one of the most highly debated factions of the Zelda franchise. Many timelines have been cast into the wind, and most have died fast. The two main basic timelines are, the split timeline, and the straight line (as I call it). Each name precedes its description, and each have their minor flaws. I’ve set out to create a timeline that works; at this point it’s rough. I’ll be using facts from both memory and from replaying games. So, let’s begin…

IMPORTANT NOTE:: I could give you all three hundred paragraphs outlining everything that makes this timeline work, but for your sake as well as mine, I have summerized it! Be happy…

–The Miyamoto Leak–

“Ocarina of Time is the first story, then the original Legend of Zelda, then Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, and finally A Link to the Past. It’s not very clear where Link’s Awakening fits in–it could be anytime after Ocarina of Time. ”

This is the beginning, and the basis for many timeline theories. Whether Miyamoto has some hidden document that explains all, I don’t know, nor do I believe anyone else does. I shall not cast dispersion on Miyamoto’s statement. But, it cannot be ruled out that the series was very young when he made that statement, and that he didn’t have a clear mental picture of it all. We begin simply with, The Ocarina of Time.

Now, if OoT is indeed the first game. Then we know that MM (Majora’s Mask) is the obvious second. Link leaves Hyrule after defeating the King of Evil, but leaving the land that made him a hero created an imbalance in the magic of the Triforce. Without the bearer of Courage, the vassal of Power rose once again. During this time, we find the events of the Wind Waker take place. Now, the first thing that will come to you is that Tingle is featured in both WW and MM, but if this is so, then Link would have to be hundreds of years old when the events of MM took place, and survive the flood. This makes no sense, because the reasoning behind the flood was that the bearer of Courage had left, and that without him, all of Hyrule would surely die. So, Tingle’s appearance in both games can only lead to the conclusion that the original Tingle is long dead, and the WW Tingle is a descendant. The base of the Timeline:

OoT -100(‘s)ys.- WW
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MM

So, what we had is three base games: Ocarina of Time – (immediately afterwards) – Majora’s Mask – (hundreds of years later) – Wind Waker.

Now we go back into theorizing. Some have said that Link was searching for the Skull Kid when he departed on his journey in MM, but he was not. Pull your dusty old cartridge off the shelf and play the first five minutes of the game. Right after the last of the text rolls by, you’ll hear the sound of a fairy flying, a common sound Navi makes in OoT. This indicates that Link is searching for Navi, whom departed from him in a touching cinema near the end of OoT. So, this begs the question, “Why did Majora’s Mask end without Link finding Navi?”, the answer to that is; the journey wasn’t finished yet, Link was still searching for Navi.

The Hero would return to Hyrule, and find that the Triforce wished to send him on a quest to save Holodrum, Labrynna, and Subrosia. Thus, the events of OoA and OoS take place, but Link had not forgotten his goal of finding Navi. Charged with returning home by boat, he would explore the ocean, only to end up shipwrecked on Koholint Island.

So, let’s look at what we’ve covered thus far:

Oot -100(‘s)ys.- WW
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MM
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OoA/Oos
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LA

Here’s an easy part, we’ve already been told that Phantom Hourglass takes place contemporarily with Wind Waker. So, PH takes its place with WW.

Oot -100(‘s)ys.- WW – PH
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MM
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OoA/Oos
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LA

It looks like a split timeline, but it’s not. The events of WW and PH take place either 100’s or 100 years after OoT, and have nothing to do with the Link’s journey to find Navi. It is imperative to note that it’s still the same universe.

So, Link ends up dead, somewhere, if he found Navi or not we do not know. Thus, Courage is passed on to a new bearer, and the Timeline picks up again. According to Miyamoto’s outdated statement, LoZ and AoL should fall in very soon, since both had very little story development, it can be said that they took place after the draining of Hyrule. So, the third Link is added to the timeline like so:

Oot -100(‘s)ys.- WW – PH LoZ – AoL
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MM
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OoA/Oos
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LA

Since, Miyamoto stated that ALttP comes next, we must add it in. But, Link did not know Zelda at the beginning of that quest, and so he must be a different bearer. This fourth Link went on two quests. I say this, because the Link in TMC knows Zelda, and that only means that because it comes after ALttP, it must be the same Link. So my Timeline is nearly complete:

Oot -100(‘s)ys.- WW – PH LoZ – AoL ALttP – TMC
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MM
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OoA/Oos
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LA

And we come to a difficult section, and abstract to say the least. The Four Swords and The Four Swords Adventures are completely Timeline shattering. Why? One word… Tingle. How, after hundreds of years, was Tingle still around? Once again I’ll attribute it to ancestry, it’s not the original Tingle (how did he ever get a girl?)… There is no apparent evidence that they take place before or after LoZ, but we know they take place in Hyrule, with ‘a’ Link as the main character. So, I add them at the end, as an abstract enigma to me.

Oot -100(‘s)ys.- WW – PH LoZ – AoL ALttP – TMC FS/FSA(?)
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MM
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OoA/Oos
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LA

There it is! My timeline… Changed once I realized my fault (Miyamoto’s statement), but I still want to kick Zora arse!

  • Hero Of Light

    What if Tingle was right and he is a fairy? Fairys live on forever right? Maybe he got cursed to be a human but still retained his memory of being a fairy. This makes sense seeing how he was in MM, WW, and The Four Swords. When the world flooded, Tingle used his red balloon to float till he got to an island. Then when the world dried out, he took part in The Four Sword series.

  • Sir Epic

    umm what about TP?

  • Seiferoth

    I know most people don’t consider it canon, and having not played the game myself I can only quote what other people have said, but “Tingle’s Rosy Rupeeland” depicts Tingle’s transformation from an ordinary middle-aged man into the green-clothed fairy persona we all know and love (or hate). So it might be possible that the events of that game, have occurred several times throughout history, thereby creating each of the different Tingles we see in various games.

  • Paul

    um…hang on.

    right from the get-go, we've got a problem.
    at the end of Ocarina of Time, the triforce has been split up. (or at least, is still split up)

    Oracle of Ages/Seasons cannot happen after OoT because the triforce is not together.
    Ganondorf says "as long as his power is in my hand…."
    which means he uses his triforce of power to break out of the sacred realm and attack Hyrule……Wind Waker.
    there.

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