Continue to: Zelda's Legends Part II
There are many legends foretold in the Book of Mudora, all of which were about a boy named Link and his quest to save someone. The legends were written in the form of stories as if it has already happened. Here are some of those legends: (most are from official game guides from Nintendo)
The Legend of Zelda
She was a princess of the realm, as intelligent as she was beautiful, but all of Zelda's royal power could not hold back the darkling power that arose to threaten her kingdom. The name of that power was Ganon, an accursed wizard who stole a piece of the mystic Triforce, a token of good fortune from the three goddesses. Ganon captured Zelda and searched frantically for the remaining pieces of the Triforce, which the Princess had scattered to the far corners of Hyrule.
Before she was imprisoned, Zelda sent forth her faithful servant, Impa, to seek out a hero strong enough and trustworthy enough to reunite the Triforce and break Ganon's power. That hero was Link, a selfless young warrior who, by fortune or fate, saved Impa from Ganon's monstrous Moblin servants. Hearing Zelda's plight, Link braved countless dangers to recover the fragments of the Triforce, eventually battling his way to Death Mountain to confront Ganon himself. Finding that no earthly weapon could harm Ganon, Link used the legendary Silver Arrow to pierce the wizards black heart and destroy him utterly-or so it was thought. The wise ones say that while evil can be diminished, it can never be truly vanquished, and soon an ominous shadow fell over the land of Hyrule once more.
The Adventure of Link
After Ganon's defeat, a new age blossomed in Hyrule. There was no want, and there were happiness and prosperity in great measure. One person who did not share this time of joy, ironically, was Link. The young hero was troubled by signs of lurking danger, and his worst fears were realized when Princess Zelda was stricken by a terrifying enchantment.
A mysterious sorcerer, unable to wrest the secrets of the Triforce from Zelda, cast upon her a spell of endless, dreamless sleep. Link strode forth once more, venturing through forest and town and across the roiling sea to root out this vile fiend and bring him to justice. Link learned that the sorcerer had fled to the ancient ruin of the Great Palace. The only way to break the seal on the palace gate was to gather the shards of a magic crystal, buried for centuries within six dungeons and guarded by fearsome creatures. Undeterred by such dangers, Link fought doggedly through each palace, turning aside Moblins, Deelers and all manner of demonic enemies at every step. Already a master of sword and shield, Link also began to learn the ways of magic, to turn the weapons of his enemy against him.
After many days of toil and trial, Link finally stood before the gate of the Great Palace and ripped the final barrier asunder. He struck down the sorcerer's guardian, the cruel Thunderbird, then turned to face his ultimate foe. No challenge, no quest could have prepared Link for the horror he beheld, for the enemy he faced was none other than-himself! Given form by an unknown power, a shadowy duplicate of Link was the true architect of evil who had plagued Hyrule.
With a shrill cry, Link leapt to attack. How long the battle raged the chronicles do not tell, but the sound of their clashing swords was like thunder, shaking the very pillars of heaven. And when their battle cries finally fell silent, it was Link who emerged the victor. Thus was Princess Zelda freed from her unnatural slumber, and the dark pall of doom over Hyrule lifted.
A Link to the Past
The third chronicle of The Legend of Zelda spoke of an earlier period in Link's life, but the story did not begin with him. The roots of the tale were buried in an earlier age, in a time when Ganon was yet mortal, and he was called Ganondorf, King of Thieves. Why he possessed no magic at first, Ganondorf did command a vast army. By treachery and force of arms, he gained control
of the Triforce and the Golden Land in which it resided. Renamed Ganon, he directed his now-enchanted army to overthrow the rightful king of Hyrule. It was only by the magic of seven sages that Hyrule was saved from the wizard's wrath. The seven that sealed Ganon within the Golden Land, which in time became known as the Dark World.
As the years tumbled past, the threat of Ganon was forgotten. Then there came a time of great disasters in Hyrule: fires, floods, pestilence and famine. A wandering wizard named Agahnim used his powers to end the troubles, and thus was named counselor to the king. Agahnim played the role of trusted advisor for a time but son seized power for himself. He imprisoned the seven descendants of the seven sages, as well as the king's young daughter, Princess
Zelda. As she was taken, Zelda used the powers of her mind to send out a call for help. Her desperate plea was answered by a bold boy named Link.
Unmindful of the danger, Link gathered three mystic pendants and used them to free the Master Sword, the only weapon powerful enough to stand against Agahnim's magic. Shining blade in hand, Link cut a swath through Agahnim's magical defenses, only to discover that this sneering sorcerer was merely a puppet of the dreaded Ganon! The ancient wizard finally found a way to breach the barrier between the Light World and his Dark World, and the only one who stood in his way was Link.
Using such legendary weapons as the hookshot, the Pegasus Shoes and the Magic Mirror, Link journeyed between the Light World and the Dark World, freeing the seven captives and gathering the magic crystals that would unlock Ganon's Dark Tower. In the end, Link defeated Ganon in an epic battle high atop the wizard's shadowy citadel. Many say that it was the power of the Master Sword that finally proved to be Ganon's downfall. Others shake their heads knowingly and speak only of the stout heart and pure spirit of a lone, little boy.
Ocarina of Time
Link always seemed destined to be a hero. Evan as a boy, his ate was bound to the fate of the Triforce. It was as if Time itself had chosen him to be its champion, and nowhere is this better shown that his his latest chronicle, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Newly discovered by Hylian scholars, this tale stretches from Link's boyhood to his early manhood. Some scholars suggest that this is, indeed, and account of Link's very first adventure. Others
believe that the Link and Zelda in this story may not be the same as those in previous chronicles, and that they are perhaps ancestors of that famous pair. While these questions may never be settled, we do know that the Link and Zelda displayed the same courage and nobility as the others who have borne those honored names. Like The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, this story began long before Link and Zelda were born. In fact, it began at the very birth of the world, when three goddesses shaped the globe and breathed life into it. When their labors were done, Din, Goddesses of Power, Nayru, Goddesses of Wisdom, and Farore, Goddesses of Courage, created the Triforce as a token of their holy bond with the world. Where the Triforce stood became sacred ground, and the goddesses promised that as long as the Triforce endured, so would Hyrule. In time, Hyrule flourished and became a powerful kingdom. Near Hyrule Castle lay a great, green wood, home of the Kokiri. Known as the Children of the Forest, all Kokiri had their own guardian fairies. All, that is, save one. the name of this lone Kokiri was Link.
For a time, Link had been troubled by nightmares. Every night, as the blankets of sleep enveloped him, Link would find himself in the midst of a terrible storm. He would see before him an imposing castle, its towering spires lit by lightning. A rider on horseback would race by, a terrified girl locked in her grip. A fleeting glimpse, a desperate look, then she would be gone. Another rider would appear then, cloaked in black. He would turn his smoldering gaze upon Link--then Link would awaken. And thus began one of the darkest chapters in Hyrulian history...
Months after parting ways with his fairy sidekick, Navi, in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Link sets off to search for his missing companion. But what he finds instead are a pair of pixie pranksters.
The two fairies are the accomplices of the devilish Skull Kid, and the three of them ambush Link as he gallops his horse, Epona, out of Hyrule and into an uncharted region of the Lost Worlds. When Link regains consciousness, he awakens to find Epona and his magical ocarina missing. Always quick to react, Link follows their trail.
But the Skull Kid is waiting for him...
Possessed and overcome by the evil power of the mask he stole from Hyrule's Happy Mask salesman, the Skull Kid jinxes Link and imprisons the boy within the body of a wooden, plantlike creature called a Deku Scrub.
Forced to cope with his strange, new form, Link the Deku Scrub must also deal with his newly forged alliance with Tatl, the feisty fairy partner of the Skull Kid. The fairy, carelessly abandoned by the Skull Kid who never thinks about how his actions affect others, reluctantly guides her new partner through a portal to a parallel world--a world where everyone is a stranger, yet each looks like the twin of someone Link has met in his home town of Hyrule. The parallel world Link stumbles into is one built around a towering clock. Time is everything in busy Clock Town, and it matters even more in the bustling burg since the moon has has begun to creep threateningly closer and
closer to the town.
The shadow that the moon has blanketed the land with has cast a dark pall over its inhabitants. Everyone's personal life has taken a turn for the worse, and it's all because of the mischief spread by the Skull Kid wearing Majora's Mask and the influence his cursed guise has on the moon, the heavens, space and time. In three days, coinciding with town's Carnival of Time, the moon will crash. Only Link, with his reputation of the Hero of Time, can saved the
doomed land of Clock Town. The first to greet Link when he arrives in Clock Town is the Happy Mask salesman whom the Skull Kid robbed of Majora's Mask. The mysterious businessman strikes up a deal with the boy trapped in the Deku Scrub body: If Link can find his ocarina and use its power of time travel, the salesman will return Link to his original form. The Deku Scrub body will then become a mask that Link can don whenever he wants to assume his sylvan alter ego. Link must right all the wrong that the Skull Kid has caused, and to do it, he must find masks to assume the identities and powers of other characters. But three days of masquerading aren't enough to set things right. Using his ocarina, Link will have to relive the same three days again and again, changing the course of people's crisscrossing lives until he can finally rid the land of evil and set the world back on the right track.
And if he's lucky...
...time will be on his side.
The Wind Waker
Long ago, there existed a golden power lay hidden. It was a prosperous land blessed with green forests, tall mountains and peace.
But one day, a man of great evil found the golden power and took it for himself. With its strength at his command, he spread darkness throughout the kingdom. But when all hope had died and the hour of doom seemed at hand...
...a young boy clothed in green appeared as if from nowhere. Wielding the blade of evil's bane, he sealed the dark one away and gave the land light. The boy, who traveled through time to save the land, was known as the Hero of Time. The boy's tale was passed down through generations until it became legend. But then... a day came when a fell wind began to blow across the kingdom. The great evil that all thought had been forever sealed away once again crept forth from the depths of the earth, eager to resume its dark designs.
The people believed that the Hero of Time would again come to save them... but the hero did not appear. Faced by an onslaught of evil, the people could do nothing but appeal to the gods. In the last hour, as the doom drew nigh, they left their future in the hands of fate. What became of that kingdom? None remained who know.
The memory of the kingdom vanished, but its legend survived on the wind's breath. On a certain island, it became customary to garb young boys in green when they came of age. Clothed in the green of fields, they aspired to find heroic blades and cast down evil. The elders wish only for the youths to know courage like the hero of legend...
Legend has it that in the distant past, a young hero challenged a maniacal wind mage named Vaati, who was storming around the countryside and abducting maidens. With the power of an enchanted blade, the Four Sword, the hero split into four heroes, each one with the wits and strength to help take on Vaati--and they defeated the mighty mage.
Many years later, Princess Zelda senses a disturbance in the wind. She knows the legend and brings Link to the shrine where the Four Sword is kept. Just when she explains to Link that Vaati was defeated--and trapped inside the mystical blade--the wind mage swoops down and steals her into the sky!
Left alone, Link knows what he must do--pull free the Four Sword and call in new recruits--himself times four! And so begins a new legend of the Four Sword....
A dark power is sweeping over Hyrule.
The denizens of the twilight realm, banished long ago by the three goddesses, hold the land within their grip.
Hyrule's sole hope:
Link, a young farmhand from neighboring Ordona Province. Only by joining forces with the mysterious Midna and harnessing the power of the twilight to assume bestial form will Link fulfill his destiny and restore light to the world.