Zelda Encyclopedia makes a Mountain out of an Overworld

The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia completes Dark Horse’s English translation of the Nintendo fantasy series’ epic history and art appreciation. You can check out a preview here or buy the book here (though you’ll probably want the deluxe edition for a few rupees more, or course). Whichever version you acquire, like Hyrule Historia and Art & Artifacts it’s a stunning tome that belongs on every Zelda fanatic’s shelf.

One thing I’ve noticed — and I’m not alone — is that the Zelda Encyclopedia’s geography section finally places the Hyrule “Overworld” of the original NES game, The Legend of Zelda, in a broader historical context with the other games.

Basically, the entire first Zelda game takes place on what was Death Mountain in the Super NES installment The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. This makes Death Mountain a volcano of truly Olympus Mons-ian proportions, but it also could explain Hyrule’s wealth of caves.

The maps in the Zelda Encyclopedia also illustrate what many have long believed: The Legend of Zelda took part in just a tiny corner of the Hyrule explored in its direct sequel, the villager-infested Zelda II: The Adventure of Link. That game is the immediate predecessor to the even more expansive A Link to the Past — at least, it is in our world. The Zelda timelines are a Gordian knot of time travel and theories, and the Zelda Encyclopedia takes a crack at addressing those, too.

The Zelda Encyclopedia’s standard edition is now available; you can order it here or get the deluxe edition here.

Zelda Encyclopedia finally available – preview some legendary pages

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