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Zelda Wiki talk:A Case for Chronology

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I had a thought while reading this that deserves voicing. You brought up "The Lord of the Rings", so I feel safe bringing up "Harry Potter". Whether you like it or not, "Harry Potter" most recently did for fantasy literature what The Beatles did for music, and (I feel) what "The Legend of Zelda" once did (as sometimes still does) for videogames. Revolution. However well thought out the "Harry Potter" series was, J.K. Rowling obviously played it by ear. ---WARNING: MINOR SPOILER ALERT--- There are a few incongruencies that have been rationalized away (ie. the nondescript diary juxtaposed with the prodigiousness of the ring, locket, cup and diadem), but there are others that are so blatant, it is obvious it is the work of an imperfect human being. For example, at one point Harry sees someone die. At the end of that school year, he gets in one of the horseless carriages (so named by J.K. Rowling via the narration). Nothing to note. The next year, Harry is surprised to find that they are in fact drawn by beasts that are invisible to someone who has never seen another human die, but perfectly visible to someone who has. Oops. ---END SPOILERS--- Unless Nintendo actually creates an official timeline, with deliberate spaces for specific future games to fit, every entry into the series will create ripples of incongruency. And realistically, it is merely a story being told and interpreted by imperfect human beings. Do not get me wrong, I have my own timeline theory and every year I go through all the games in my chronological order. But it is a game, not history. None of this actually happend, so every time a new installment comes out, the development team has free reign to do whatever they want. Remember that one time they gave us trains? I sure did not see that one coming. Just like the myths and legends we had before 1986, "The Legend of Zelda" changes a bit each time it is told, depending on who is telling it, who they are telling it to, and the circumstances of the telling. And just like the myths and legends we had before 1986, it does not really matter what happened, rather it matters what it does for us; what we get out of it. littlewoodenboy 22:18, 1 June 2011 (EDT)

AMEN! I could not agree with you more completely ('cept maybe for the Harry Potter bit, I was never a fan). To me The Legend of Zelda will always be exactly what it says it is, a legend. Plain and simple. — Hylian King [*] 06:48, 2 June 2011 (EDT)