Artwork of Lorule, depicted as Hyrule's reflection in the water
|First appearance||A Link Between Worlds (2013)|
- "Lorule was just like Hyrule. So very beautiful. So very...promising."
- — Princess Hilda
Lorule is a location from The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. It is a dark parallel world to Hyrule, and shares the same basic geography. It is ruled by Princess Hilda. Lorule is accessed through cracks in surfaces that link Lorule and Hyrule together.
Prior to the events of A Link Between Worlds, Lorule was a stable world similar to Hyrule. However, Lorule suffered through its own civil war (similar to the Hyrulean Civil War), and the Lorulean Royal Family was forced to destroy their Triforce, believing it to be a means to end their strife. However, it instead caused their kingdom to crumble and fall apart even more. This became so severe that the bottomless chasms divided Lorule into three major regions with no way to travel between them by land. The citizens themselves have become unruly and left to fend for themselves while what remained of Lorule's castle guards defected to the Gemesaur King which resided in the Dark Palace.
Princess Hilda, concerned with the future of Lorule, plotted with Yuga to abduct the Seven Sages as well as Princess Zelda and revive Ganon (then long deceased from his defeat in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past) so they could gain Hyrule's Triforce, believing it to be key to saving the kingdom. Ravio, a long time servant of Princess Hilda's, refused to participate and fled. Secretly, however, Yuga had no intention of saving Lorule, but rather use the Triforce to become a god and remake Lorule into his own image. After Yuga is defeated and Link and Zelda returned to Hyrule, taking pity on Hilda for her efforts in restoring the kingdom, the two use their Triforce to wish for the restoration of Lorule's Triforce, causing the black clouds covering the sky to part.