A Legend and a Timeline

One of the biggest challenges Zelda timeline theorists have faced is how best to include all the stories in the bigger picture of the Hyrule universe without contradictions. Perhaps the answer has been painfully obvious all along. The series is called "The 'Legend' of Zelda" - might they be simply that, not necessarily a literal account of Hyrule's history?

In sharp contrast to the usual "literal legend" theory, which has each of the games in the Zelda series as "retellings" of the same core hero story, Zelda Informer suggests that the series be examined as a mythic epic, with many authors adding their own spin to the story, much like the stories of ancient real-world cultures.

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