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The Library was a section on the now defunct Zelda Universe website.
It included a continuation of the backstory descriptions given in the Official Nintendo Player's Guides (see Legends of Zelda for example from the OOT guide), with the addition up to the Oracle Series (however it does change the order from the earlier sources as was the case with Link's Awakening which was clearly placed after LTTP in the official Player's Guides where it belongs). The other interesting detail was its attempt to make all the Link's one link, though it was already established in the earlier guides by their own in-universe historians that there were at least three links between the events of OOT, LTTP, and classic Zelda series.
This source again was written as being from the Hyrule Archives, by an 'unreliable' "in-universe" narrator (in this case apparently Kaepora Gaebora) . Like the other guide sources it predates Hyrule Historia and existed before the Timeline Split concept was introduced. But at that time there was only the 'decline/chaos' timeline in existence.
Interestingly these sources and Hyrule Historia are written from the conceit of future scholars, historians, story tellers, and myth makers of Hyrule having written down theories of how, when or where and which order take place, and that these scholars seem to exist in a single future point in Hyrule's time, but somehow aware of other timelines (or at least its just another theory as they currently understand it), and they have added their own theory of the history to the Hyrule's archives. How past Hyrule archivers were aware of multiple timelines (assuming modern Hyrulian scholars are right) is still a mystery (though even in Breath of the Wild set 10,000 years in the future individuals seem to be aware of legends from all three timelines).
Up to this point, the legends of Zelda have been surrounded by myth and mystery, but now, with the help of the following information, you will be able to discover for yourself the real history of Hyrule. [...] This chronicle merely collects information that is believed to be true at this time, and there are many obscured and unanswered secrets that still lie within the tale. As the stories and storytellers of Hyrule change, so, too, does its history. Hyrule's history is a continuously woven tapestry of events. Changes that seem inconsequential, disregarded without even a shrug, could evolve at some point to hatch new legends and, perhaps, change this tapestry of history itself."-Hyrule Historia
One interesting bit of note is that this 'account' attempted to place Link's Awakening during the events of Zelda II, at the point in the game where Link travels from Western Hyrule over to Eastern Hyrule across the Great Hyrulean Sea (aka Great Sea).
Hall of Time
Our historians have toiled long and hard to ensure that this information is accurate, and except for a few dissenters, most citizens of Hyrule, agree that our Timeline is precise and reliable.
Here, we lay out the Hero of Time's most notable accomplishments in an abbreviated format. We have studied this timeline very carefully, and believe that it represents one of the most accurate chronological arrangement of Link's actions. Of course, other scholars have formulated different theories. Since there is no way to prove these theories, they will likely be debated for centuries to come.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Nintendo 64)
Link's first adventure began when he was just a boy. Though young, Link possessed the adventurous spirit to recover three Spiritual Stones and the strength of mind to travel forward through time to save the seven Sages. Link watched as the black-hearted warrior Ganondorf was transformed into Ganon, King of Evil. Through bravery and skillful swordplay, Link was able to defeat Ganon and rescue Princess Zelda from his malicious grasp.
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (Nintendo 64)
Soon after Link rescued Princess Zelda from Ganon's evil grip, he found himself face-to-face with a completely different kind of evil -- the wicked power of Majora's Mask. Link traveled from Hyrule to an alternate dimension called Termina, where he struggled against time to stop the suicidal moon from crashing into the world.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Super Nintendo Entertainment System)
When this chapter opens, Link is living with his uncle in Hyrule. A wandering wizard named Agahnim (later discovered to be the puppet of Ganon) forced his way onto the throne of Hyrule and imprisoned the children of the seven Sages, as well as Princess Zelda. Traveling between the Light World and the Dark World, Link used his skills to free the seven captives and their magical crystals. Link eventually unlocked Ganon's Dark Tower, temporarily defeating the King of Evil and rescuing Princess Zelda for the second time.
The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages (Game Boy Color)
For reasons known only by himself, Link one day attempted to study the legendary Triforce more closely than ever before. He tapped into the relic's ancient power, and was transported to the land of Labrynna. There, Link discovered that Veran, Sorceress of Shadows had kidnapped Nayru, the Oracle of Ages. Veran used Nayru's power to travel back in time and alter Labrynna's history so that she could rule over the present. Link uncovered the Harp of Ages and embarked on a quest to recover the eight Essences of Time. After many days of adventuring, Link was able to ultimately defeat Veran and restore order to Labrynna.
The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons (Game Boy Color)
Summoned perhaps by the three Goddesses themselves, Link found himself inexplicably warped from Hyrule to a new land known as Holodrum. Link arrived in this distant realm just in time to observe General Onox ruthlessly kidnap Din, the Oracle of Seasons. With the Oracle held captive, Holodrum's natural cycle of seasons became helplessly twisted. Using the powerful Rod of Seasons and other weapons, Link was able to recover eight Essences of Nature and pierce the hardened armor of General Onox. Ultimately, he was able to defeat an even greater foe as well.
The Legend of Zelda (Nintendo Entertainment System)
Link learned from Zelda's servant Impa that the young Princess had once again been captured by the persistent monster. Before her capture, she managed to scatter the eight pieces of the Triforce of Wisdom throughout her kingdom. Link proved himself to be a worthy adventurer once again by recovering these magical relics and freeing Zelda from Ganon's grip.
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (Nintendo Entertainment System)
After Ganon's defeat, the citizens of Hyrule enjoyed a new golden age. During this period of prosperity, Link learned that Princess Zelda had fallen into a never-ending sleep at the hands of a mysterious sorcerer. Link embarked on a new quest, and valiantly gathered six shards of a magical crystal to break the seal that locked the gate of the Great Palace. Link was able to awaken Princess Zelda from her unnatural slumber, but only after battling a shadowy duplicate of himself that many historians believe to have been conjured by the hand of Ganon.
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
During an overseas crossing to Eastern Hyrule, Link encountered a terrible storm and became shipwrecked on Koholint Island. Even though his mind was distracted by thoughts of never seeing Princess Zelda again, Link still managed to save the day by waking the legendary Wind Fish and restoring peace to the island.
The effects of waking the Wind Fish caused the entire ordeal to remained forever clouded in Link's memory, and he never quite knew whether he had dreamed the entire adventure, or whether he had once again slipped into a parallel universe. Many of the names of the people he met and the places he went were inspired by his very first adventure when he was just a boy. Regardless of the circumstances, the quest had seemed very real to Link and he discovered that he still had a lot of work to do when he landed in Eastern Hyrule.
Hall of History
From his early days in the Kokiri Forest to his more recent adventures in Hyrule, find out exactly when and where Link accomplished his greatest victories against the forces of evil.
I compiled this detailed history of Link's greatest adventures with the help of some of Hyrule's greatest historians. We consider this historical record to be a living document, always open to revisions and the addition of new details. As we continue to compile more information here in the Hall of History, we will eventually reach the most accurate account possible, free of cultural bias or exaggeration.
Please recognize that there have been other studies which vary greatly from my own. No historian can ever claim 100% accuracy, which is what makes Link's life such an interesting subject.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Although most of the inhabitants of Hyrule respected the Triforce, there were those audacious enough to plot to steal the relic and use its power for their own selfish ends. To protect the Triforce from falling into the wrong hands, a great Sage named Rauru planned and built the Temple of Light to guard the entrance to the Sacred Realm. Within the temple, the entry way to the Sacred Realm was barred by a complex magical seal that could only be opened by one worthy of audience with the Triforce; one who had all aspects of the Triforce in perfect balance.
As time passed, the Triforce became a legend, and the different people of Hyrule forgot the laws and wisdom that the goddesses had left behind. Warfare and strife became common in Hyrule, as the armies of the Zora marched on the Hylians. The Gorons fought the Gerudo. It seemed every race of Hyrule was at the other's throat. Only the secluded Kokiri, sheltered by their magical forest and the Great Deku Tree, were spared the destruction of Hyrule's civil wars.
After 50 years of ceaseless combat, there arose a Hylian King of great wisdom, courage and power. Through his brilliant military campaigns and wise diplomacy, he was able to bring the varied people of Hyrule into a tenuous harmony. Treaties of peace were signed, and prosperity once again seemed to bloom in Hyrule. But no sooner had people declared peace in Hyrule than trouble once again stalked the land.
In the trackless desert of Hyrule, the King of the Gerudo Thieves, Ganondorf, had come across the old legends of the Triforce during his magical research. The tales told of the great power that would come to the one who possessed the sacred relic:
In the trackless desert of Hyrule, the King of the Gerudo Thieves, Ganondorf, had come across the old legends of the Triforce during his magical research. The tales told of the great power that would come to the one who possessed the sacred relic:
In a Realm beyond sight, The sky shines gold not blue, There, the Triforce's might Makes mortal dreams come true.
Another little known legend was especially intriguing to the scheming Gerudo. It provided the details on how to gain entry to the Sacred Realm. According to the story, there were three Spiritual Stones that were part of the puzzle that unlocked the Sacred Realm. He read with great interest that the Spiritual Stones were held by the Kokiri, the Gorons and the Zora. But although these were essential for opening the gate to the Sacred Realm, one item above all was necessary, and that was the legendary Ocarina of Time.
According to this legend, that magical instrument was passed down by the Royal Family of Hyrule. Armed with this treasure map, Ganondorf set his plans into motion. With his evil minions, he rode forth from the desert, intent on using his own mystical powers and force of arms to steal the Spiritual Stones from their owners. He believed it would be easy to bully the Gorons and Zora into handing over the stones, weakened as they were by Hyrule's civil wars. He thought he could easily destroy the Kokiri's guardian tree and claim their stone.
With the stones finally in hand, he would then use trickery to obtain the final key to the Sacred Realm. His coming audience with the King of Hyrule would be the perfect opportunity to infiltrate the mighty Hyrule Castle. Once inside, he would find out which member of the Royal Family had the Ocarina.
He vowed that he would do anything to get the Ocarina, slay its holder if necessary, even if the holder was the King of Hyrule's young daughter, the princess Zelda...
Meanwhile, a very special child named Link was growing up in Kokiri Forest. Even though all the other Kokiri kids -- or Children of the Forest as they were called -- had their own guardian fairies, he had never received one. Though only 10 years of age, young Link was about to find himself involved in an epic adventure which resulted in great good for all the people of Hyrule.
Link's heroic mission didn't begin on a very high note, though, because Ganondorf was able to trick him into opening Raura's sealed doorway in the Temple of Light. Instead of collecting the Spiritual Stones himself, Ganondorf watched from afar as young Link traveled to Goron City and Zora's Domain, risking his life to help the troubled inhabitants there.
Link thought he was helping Princess Zelda to protect the holy Triforce by collecting the Spiritual Stones, but after he had gathered all three magical relics he was in for an unfortunate surprise. As Link approached Hyrule Castle, he caught sight of Zelda's guardian Impa rushing Zelda to safety.
They were being pursued by Ganondorf, but just before Zelda sped away she was able to throw the Ocarina of Time into the moat of Hyrule Castle where Link swam down to retrieve it. Link then had everything he needed to enter the Spirit Realm. He hurried into the Temple of Time and pulled the legendary Master Sword from its pedestal.
The last thing Link remembered was opening the door to the Spirit Realm and watching as Ganondorf leapt from the shadows and placed his tainted hands on Triforce. Though Link did not witness it first-hand, Ganondorf tapped into the power of the Triforce and throned himself as the King Evil. With heavy hand, he transformed the beautiful Hylian landscape into a barren wasteland. Sadly, even the Golden Land in the Sacred Realm was stripped of its beauty. It was not long before this fallen territory came to be known as the Dark World.
When Link opened his eyes, he immediately sensed that something was different. He lay in the Chamber of Sages before Rauru, sage to the Temple of Light. Rauru explained that Link was, in fact, the Hero of Time, but when he had pulled the sword from the stone, he had been too young to wear the mantle.
His spirit was contained in the temple for seven years until he was able to wield the Master Sword and dispel the evil from Hyrule. Link felt his face and looked down at his hands. He was no longer a little boy; he had become a man.
With the aid of Sheik, protector of Hyrule, Rauru explained to Link that it was his destiny as the Hero of Time to gather the power of the sages and seal Ganondorf in the Dark World he created forever. Link accepted his fate, and toiled ceaselessly to reach his goal. While gathering the power of the sages, he perfected his battle techniques and learned how to travel through time to revisit the Hyrule which existed when he was a youth.
Link eventually gained access to Gannondorf's lair, and challenged the dark ruler to a final battle. During the struggle which ensued, Ganondorf's twisted use of the Triforce's power transformed him into Ganon, the true King of Evil. In the end, Link made up for his youthful mistake by striking Ganon down. The magic of the seven sages was then used to seal Ganon within the dismal landscape of the Dark World.
After ensuring that princess Zelda was safely returned to Hyrule Castle, Link once again traveled back through time. It would not be the last time that he laid his eyes on the evil visage of Ganon, King of Evil.
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
When Hyrule was created by the three goddesses at the beginning of time, there were certain side effects of its creation which Din, Nayru and Farore did not anticipate. As the three holy women breathed life into the world and chased away Emptiness, their potent breath slipped through tiny cracks in the folds of space and created millions of alternate worlds in the process.
The goddesses were not upset by this. In fact, they were quite amused at the possibility of watching millions of dramas unfold rather than just one. Each world, they noticed, shared common elements but also differed in major ways. One of these worlds, called Termina by its inhabitants, is where the legendary tale of Link's second great adventure began ...
On a dark and dreary afternoon, a lonely Skull Kid sat at the base of a tree and cried about his pitiful position in life. With no friends to talk to, he sat there weeping as a steady rain soaked his clothing and dampened his spirits. He was beginning to think that he would never cheer up when two feisty fairies named Tatl and Tael happened to buzz by.
The two fairies, who were to be brother and sister, decided that Skull Kid would make the perfect playmate. This greatly improved Skull Kid's mood, and the three became fast friends and were immediately inseparable.
The happy times lasted for a long while, but eventually things took a turn for the worse. One day, Skull Kid borrowed an interesting mask from a traveling Happy Mask salesman. He didn't mean any great harm -- and perhaps he even intended to give it right back -- but little did Skull Kid know that the mask he had just swiped was the legendarily wicked relic known as Majora's Mask.
When Skull Kid tried on Majora's Mask, he was instantly overcome by the evil power of the disguise. Skull Kid had always possessed a mischevious spirit, but while wearing the mask his pranks became more hurtful and mean-spirited. Tatl and Tael were worried about Skull Kid's behavior, but they couldn't resist tagging along with Skull Kid to see what he would do next.
Back in Hyrule, Link had just defeated Ganon, King of Evil. After traveling through time to return to his younger days, Link set off on a personal mission to search for his missing fairy friend, Navi. Although he was proud of his accomplishments, his soul felt empty without his loyal friend Navi to share in the victory.
Just as Link was feeling particularly low and alone, he experienced an unexpected encounter. Through some magical force unleashed by Majora's Mask, Skull Kid passed through an inter-dimensional portal and made the leap from Termina to Hyrule. Unfortunately for Link and his trusty horse Epona, he and his steed became the unwilling targets of Skull Kid's mischief.
Skull Kid threw Link from Epona, stole the Ocarina of Time, and led the young hero on an extended chase. Link had just lost one friend, and he wasn't about to lose sight of another. His loyalty to Epona was so strong that he followed Skull Kid all the way through the inter-dimensional portal and found himself in the odd world of Termina. Link was able to catch up with Skull Kid, but Epona was no where in sight. To add insult to injury, Skull Kid jinxed Link by imprisoning him in the body of a wooden, plantlike creature called a Deku Scrub.
Forced to cope with his strange, new form, Link the Deku Scrub also had to deal with a newly-forged alliance with Tatl. The fairy was separated from her brother by the careless actions of Skull Kid, so she reluctantly agreed to guide Link through Termina -- where everyone was a stranger, yet each individual looked like the twin of someone Link had met in Hyrule.
The center of the parallel world was Clock Town, where a towering clock reached into the sky. Link quickly learned that Termina was in great peril due to Skull Kid's trouble-making ways. Everyone's life was in a state of disarray, and the very moon was on a collision course with the world. Link discovered that in three days, that the moon would crash into Termina and kill every last inhabitant.
The first to greet Link when he arrived in Clock Town was the Happy Mask salesman whom the Skull Kid robbed of Majora's Mask. The mysterious businessman struck up a deal with Link: If Link could find his Ocarina and use its power of time travel, the salesman would return Link to his original form, lifting Skull Kid's Deku Scrub curse.
Link was able to recover his Ocarina, but he had still not found Epona. Also, after learning of Termina's troubles he decided that he had to do something to halt Skull Kid and his unruly actions.
Using the power of magical masks like he had never seen before during his adventures in Hyrule, Link was able to assume the identities and powers of other characters like a Zora and a Goron. Though he put forth a heroic effort, three days was simply not enough time to right Skull Kid's many wrongs and stop the descent of the moon.
Link used his Ocarina to relive the same three days again and again, and was eventually able to change the courses of people's criss-crossed lives. After facing many tests of strength and courage, the Hero of Time was even able to free Skull Kid from the evil power of Majora's Mask and quiet the wrath of Majora itself.
Once again, unfortunately, he was unable to share his victory with Navi.
At this point, it was no longer necessary for Link to relive the three-day cycle which he had come to know so well. His spirits were lifted by experiencing new days and nights, but deep in his heart he was still saddened by Navi's disappearance.
Link had many more adventures in the land of Termina, but eventually his heart led him back through the inter-dimensional doorway to his homeworld of Hyrule.
Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
When this chapter opens, Link is living with his uncle in Hyrule. Link spent his days exercising and studying, but there soon came a time of great disasters in Hyrule: fires, floods, pestilence and famine. A wandering wizard named Agahnim used his powers to end the troubles, and thus was named counselor to the king.
Agahnim played the role of trusted advisor for a time but soon seized power for himself. He imprisoned the seven descendants of the Seven Sages, as well as the king's young daughter, Princess Zelda. As she was taken, Zelda used the powers of her mind to send out a call for help. Her desperate call was answered by Link, who instantly recognized the royal qualities of the telepathic signal.
Unmindful of the danger, Link gathered three Mystic Pendants and used them to free the Master Sword, the legendary blade which he had wielded once before and met with great success. With the comforting weight of the Master Sword in his palm, Link was able to cut a swath through Agahnim's magical defenses, only to discover that the sorcerer was merely the puppet of his ancient adversary Ganon!
Agahnim had somehow found a way to breach the barrier between the Light and the Dark World where Ganon had been imprisoned for hundreds of long years. The only thing standing in their way was Link, whom Ganon had built up quite a resentment for over the years.
Using such legendary weapons as the Hookshot, Pegasus Shoes and the Magic Mirror, Link journeyed between the Light World and Dark World, freeing the seven captives and gathering the Magic Crystals which unlocked Ganon's Dark Tower.
In the end, Link defeated Ganon in an epic battle high atop the King of Evil's shadowy citadel. Ganon was once again imprisoned in his dark cell, but Link began to question the strength of the Seven Sages' seals on the Dark World.
The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons
Hyrule is not the only realm which will be forever indebted to the Hero of Time. The list of names belonging to countries and kingdoms which owe their prosperity to Link is as long as Ganon's heart is black. The focus of this history is a little-known land called Holodrum, where Link displayed enormous bravery and incredibly sound judgement.
Before this quest, Link had never set foot in Holodrum. He had studied its rich culture in school, but he had not yet found time to explore it first-hand. The decision to visit Holodrum was not his own.
During weeks of quiet study, Link's fascination with the legendary Triforce had aroused his curiosity beyond the point where it could be ignored. Though young, Link had already proven himself to be a great adventurer and had decided to take a closer look at the Triforce which had already affected his life so greatly. As Link drew near the Triforce, he was instantly transported to Holodrum -- a distant realm where Link was a stranger to all.
It was likely the power of the three Goddesses that drew Link to Holodrum. It is believed by many that the Goddesses sensed pending trouble and sent Link to intercept the danger.
The moment link arrived in Holodrum, he was wrapped up in what would be that realm's most legendarily frightening time periods. Shortly after Link took his first steps in Holodrum, he witnessed a power-hungry general named Onox kidnap Din, a beautiful dancer who served as the Oracle of Seasons. Named after the Goddess of Power, Din was responsible for regulating Holodrum's delicate cycle of seasons.
With Din under his command, General Onox was able to cast the forces of nature into total chaos. Link recognized that his arrival in Holodrum was no mere coincidence, and he immediately set out to put an end to General Onox's actions.
Using the powerful Rod of Seasons to manually adjust the seasons to suit his purposes, Link was somehow able to collect eight Essences of Nature. These Essences possessed the sacred power of nature, and when delivered to Holodrum's Maku Tree the Essences slowly restored order to the land.
Link was able to make quick work of General Onox, but surprsingly his struggle did not end there. To his utter amazement and horror, he found himself in the middle of a desperate battle with Twinrova: the twisted witches he had defeated years earlier in the Shadow Temple. Many scholars have been amazed to learn that Link was able to prove victorious in this battle, but what happened next is close to unbelievable.
Before Twinrova exhaled their last breaths, they succeeded in their wicked goal to break the Seven Sages' seals on the Dark World. Arms rubbery and legs weak, Link was staring eye-to-eye with the King of Evil himself: Ganon.
No one will ever know the source of Link's strength, but it was four days before the sounds of battle ceased to echo through Holodrum. Physically and mentally exhausted, Link ended his struggle after forcing Ganon back into the Dark World. Unable to swing his sword even one more time, Link collapsed to the floor in a heap of relief.
For the first time, he began to doubt the strength of the Seven Sage's seals which locked Ganon's dark cell.
The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages
When Link's adventure in Oracle of Ages begins, he was at an unusual age -- not quite a full-grown man but no longer a boy. Link began to thoroughly explore his world, a big part of which was the legendary Triforce.
Though it may not have been the wisest of decisions, Link made up his mind to examine the mysterious power of this ancient relic. The moment Link's hand touched the golden symbol, he was transported to an unfamiliar realm known as Labrynna.
Unlike Termina, Labrynna did not exist in a parallel universe or a phantom world. Link had actually heard of Labrynna before, and Labrynnans were familiar with some aspects of Hyrulean life. Most, for example, had heard of the beauty of Princess Zelda. Link had never explored Labrynna before, and was uncertain how to get home.
Link's ignorance proved to be quite significant. Just after arriving in Labrynna, Link was tricked by the Sorceress of Shadows, Veran, into leading her to a hidden grove where the Oracle of Ages was known to relax. Named Nayru after the Goddess of Wisdom, the Oracle of Ages possessed the ability to freely travel through time. To Link's horror, Veran's evil spirit possessed Nayru's mind and fled 400 years into the past.
Before Link's eyes, the state of Labrynna immediately changed dramatically. Veran altered Labrynna's history to make the present a more hospitable place for her dark soul to reign. By this time in his life, Link was no stranger to time travel. Bravely, the Hero of Time followed Veran into the past. Thus began Link's quest to right Veran's wrongs before the Sorceress of Shadows could take over completely.
Link traveled far and wide over the Labrynnan landscape, encountering enemies both familiar and foreign. Through constant struggle and fierce determination, Link was eventually able to deliver eight Essences of Time to the greatly damaged Maku Tree, who was directly rooted into the power of Labrynna's life force. The Essences of Time gave strength to the Maku Tree and helped it to restore peace to land.
Peace was not fully restored, however, until Link came face to face with the wrath of Veran. The struggle was intense, but of course it was the great hero Link who walked away with his heart still beating. This was just one of many challenges which Link faced as a young man. Perhaps it was these early struggles which served to temper his courage and strengthen his soul.
The Legend of Zelda
With no immediate threats at hand, Link generally he spent his days wandering throughout Hyrule and enjoying a simple life. Hyrule was gradually recovering from the effects of Ganon's dark power, and Link enjoyed watching as his beloved homeland regained its confidence and beauty.
Whether relaxing at home or exploring the twists and turns of the Lost Woods, Link forever had thoughts of Ganon in the back of his mind. Would the power of the Seven Sages' seals be strong enough to keep Ganon locked away in the Dark World?
It was when Link least expected it -- on a bright, sunny day -- that his worst fears came true. Link had been exploring the central region of Hyrule when he came across an elderly woman feebly trying to fend off a gang of Moblin warriors. Link's first thought was that Ganon had returned. The King of Evil was widely known to employ rag-tag bands of Moblins to carry out his evil plans. His second thought was for the safety of the woman.
Link made quick work of the Moblin gang, which was a great relief to the old woman. Immediately, Link realized that the woman he saved was Impa, royal servant to Princess Zelda!
Impa delivered the news which Link was hoping not to hear: Ganon had returned to Hyrule, and had sought out Princess Zelda to steal the Triforce of Wisdom. Before Ganon could reach Zelda, the wise princess shattered the Triforce of Wisdom and scattered the eight pieces throughout Hyrule. Soon afterward, Princess Zelda was once again taken hostage by Ganon.
Link braved countless dangers to recover the fragments of the Triforce, which he had come to harbor a great respect for throughout his adventures. Link battled his way to Death Mountain to confront Ganon, and used the legendary Silver Arrow to pierce the King of Evil's black heart.
Instead of returning to his prison in the Dark World, Ganon appeared to be utterly destroyed by the power of the Silver Arrow. His body disappeared, but the Seven Sages stated that they had not returned the evil sorcerer to the Dark World. Link knew better than to think that he had eliminated Ganon once and for all, but he felt confident that he had banished the beast to a nether-region with seals more powerful than what had held Ganon in the Dark World.
Nevertheless, the threat of Ganon's return was never far from Link's mind.
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
After Ganon's defeat, a new golden age blossomed in Hyrule. There was no want, and there were happiness and prosperity in great abundance. Link was reminded of the happy times he enjoyed as a kid in Kokiri Forest, but the young hero was troubled by signs of lurking danger.
His worst fears were realized when Princess Zelda was stricken by a terrifying enchantment. A mysterious sorcerer, unable to wrest the secrets of the Triforce of Wisdom from Zelda, cast upon her a spell of endless, dreamless sleep. Link could not believe it. Why did this beautiful young woman have to endure such hardships? He vowed to assist her once again, and promised to himself that if he were able to save her, he would never allow something like this to reoccur.
So Link struck out once again, venturing through forest and town and across the roiling sea to root out this vile fiend and bring him to justice. Link learned that the sorcerer had fled to the ancient ruin of the Great Palace, and that the only way to break the seal on the palace gate was to gather the shards of a Magic Crystal. These shards were buried for centuries within six dungeons and guarded by fearsome creatures.
Link had seen his share of monsters, so he confidently fought his way through each palace. After many days of toil and trial, Link finally stood before the gate of the Great Palace and ripped the final barrier from its mystical hinges. He struck down the sorcerer's guardian, the cruel Thunderbird, then turned to face his ultimate foe.
Link was struck with horror when he laid eyes on his adversary. The enemy he faced was none other than -- himself! Given form by an unknown power, a shadowy duplicate of Link was the true architect of evil. Was this Ganon in disguise? Could it be a dark version of Link from a parallel universe come to eliminate its righteous counterpart?
Link thought back to an earlier adventure, and remembered battling a similar foe deep within the Water Temple in Lake Hylia. He knew that he had eliminated foes like this before, which gave him the confidence to attack without fear. This dark version of himself turned out to be much more powerful than the creature he had faced so many years before.
The battle raged for days, with the sound of their clashing swords ringing out through the land like thunderclaps. When their battle cries fell silent, it was Link who emerged the victor. Immediately, Princess Zelda was freed from her unnatural slumber, and the dark cloud of doom over Hyrule lifted.
Link never found out if the mysterious sorcerer was created by Ganon, but his heart told him that the King of Evil was involved in one way or another. Link kept his promise to himself by keeping a much closer eye on Princess Zelda than he had in the past. They were both getting older, and both were justified in their simple wish for peace.
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
In his quest to rouse Princess Zelda from an unnatural slumber, it was necessary for Link to use his raft to cross the Great Sea to reach Eastern Hyrule. During the crossing, Link became hopelessly sidetracked and found himself wrapped up in a completely new quest.
During his crossing, Link encountered a terrible storm and became shipwrecked on Koholint Island. Even though his mind was distracted by thoughts of Princess Zelda, Link's heart was touched by the plight of the people on the island.
A young woman named Marin had found Link on the beach, and brought him to her ocean-side home to heal. From Tarin, Marin's father, Link learned that evil creatures had appeared shortly after his arrival. Then, when Link returned to the beach to retrieve his sword, an owl flapped down beside him and told him the strangest story he had ever heard.
According to the wise old bird, Link was the hero who had come to wake the Wind Fish, which lived in a giant egg at the top of a mountain range called Tal Tal Heights. The owl told Link that he couldn't leave until that task had been completed. Link was determined to do whatever he could to assist the people and animals which lived on Koholint Island, so he set out on a quest to recover all eight Instruments of the Sirens with which he could solve the riddle of the Wind Fish.
A portion of Link's heart was happy to participate in this adventure, because he had secretly been fearing what he would find in Eastern Hyrule. Another part of him felt ashamed for abandoning Princess Zelda. He had never before experienced contradictory feelings like this, but since his raft had been destroyed in the shipwreck he was given little choice.
Link was surprised at the extreme danger and hostile enemies he encountered on the small island, but with great effort he succeeded in his quest to wake the Wind Fish.
The magical effects of waking the Wind Fish caused the entire ordeal to remain forever clouded in Link's memory, and he never quite knew whether he had dreamed the entire adventure, or whether he had once again slipped into a parallel universe. Did Koholint Island truly exist?
Many of the names of the people he met and the places he went were inspired by his very first adventure when he was just a boy. Regardless of the circumstances, the quest had seemed very real to Link and he discovered that he still had a lot of work to do when he landed in Eastern Hyrule.
Undoubtedly, this experience had cleared Link's mind and prepared him for the epic struggle he was about to face.