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- "The prophecy says, "The Hero will stand in the desert holding the Book Of Mudora." If you have the Book Of Mudora you can read the language of the Hylia People."
- — Aginah
The Book of Mudora is an item from The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. This green book is a chronological bibliography of the creation, history and legends of Hyrule. The book also contains prophecies and laws of Hyrule, along with translations for the ancient Hylian Language.
After Link has completed the first dungeon, the Eastern Palace, and retrieved the first Pendant of Courage, Sahasrahla gives Link the Pegasus Boots, legendary footwear that allows him to dash. Upon speaking with the hermit Aginah, Link learns of the book's whereabouts and travels to the House of Books. Upon his arrival, however, he finds that it is stuck on a high shelf. Link dashes into the bookshelf with the use of the Pegasus Boots, causing the book to fall down. With the Book of Mudora in his possession, he travels south to the Desert of Mystery and finds an ancient stone tablet inscribed with the old Hylian language. He uses the book to translate, and makes a wish. The stone head that blocks the entrance to the temple moves, allowing Link to enter it and retrieve the Pendant of Wisdom.
The Book can be used a multitude of times afterwards, some of which are optional. Inscribed on the Pedestal of Time is the prophecy of a legendary hero. In order to obtain the magical medallions Ether and Bombos, Link must use the Book of Mudora to translate the writing on old, decorative stone tablets found on Death Mountain and the Desert of Mystery, respectively.
Sasharahla gives Link the book instead of telling him where to find it. After obtaining the second Pendant of Virtue in the Desert Palace, Link is stung by a scorpion, and succumbs to its venom. Agahnim approaches the unconscious Link and takes the Book of Mudora from him in order to find an incantation within which he can complete the ritual to resurrect Ganon.
Translation from Japanese
The Book of Mudora in the original Japanese was not a history book at all; it only dealt with the Hylian language. The myths and stories accredited to it in the translation of A Link to the Past were either hearsay or unnamed scrolls in the original. The prophecy from the manual accredited to it was simply an instruction page with no reference to the Book of Mudora.
What appears to be the Book of Mudora has appeared in recent installments of the series. A green book resembling the Book of Mudora is seen on a table in Impa's house in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D. This house is in Kakariko Village, the same town where the book is found in A Link to the Past. Another identical green book can be found on setting on a chair in the Lakeside Laboratory. The only difference between these books and the Book of Mudora in Link to the Past is appearance of Sheikah Symbol on the cover in place of a Triforce symbol. However its possible that these books may simply be a Sheikah edition of the Book of Mudora or that the Book of Mudora was actually based on a more ancient Sheikah text found in both Impa's House and Lakeside Laboratory. It is possible that this ancient Sheikah book were later used by Hyrulean Scholars and/or Sages to create the Book of Mudora or that the Book of Mudora is simply a modern edition of those ancient books.