The Tragedy of Princess Zelda I

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The Tragedy of Princess Zelda I
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Described in The Adventure of Link



After the Golden Era
Before The Adventure of Link

Key Characters


The Tragedy of Princess Zelda I refers to the series of events that leads up to a sleeping spell being cast on the Princess Zelda I seen in The Adventure of Link. This was originally intended to explain the "legend of Zelda," with the Prince of Hyrule issuing a decree that all princesses should be named "Zelda." However, this princess's position as the first Zelda has been retconned according to Hyrule Historia, and the "legend of Zelda" has been replaced with the story in Skyward Sword.

Hiding the Triforce of Courage

After the events of A Link to the Past, the Triforce returned to the hands of the Royal Family and the kingdom experienced an age of prosperity. The Triforce was passed down from generation to generation[1] until one king deemed his son unworthy to wield the responsibility of the Triforce.[2] Rather than have its full power corrupt the prince, he hid the Triforce of Courage so the prince could only inherit the Triforce in part.[3] He also cast a spell such that when someone worthy of the Triforce appeared, the mark of the Triforce would appear on his hand.[4]

The Wizard

The new King was angry that he could not inherit the full power of the Triforce, [5] so he searched throughout the land but to no avail. It was then that a Wizard appeared and told the young King that Princess Zelda knew the location of the relic.[6] The King searched for the Princess and when found, he demanded the location of the Triforce of Courage. However, the Princess kept to her word in honor of her father and the good of Hyrule.[7] In fury, the Wizard put Zelda to an eternal sleep.[8] However, soon after, the King regretted his mistake and took the Princess to the North Castle where she was laid to rest.[9] The King then stated that every Princess following were to be named after Zelda.[10] With the location of the Triforce only known by Princess Zelda, who was in an eternal slumber, the Kingdom of Hyrule slowly decayed and decreased in size.[11]


  1. "After the Demon King Ganon was vanquished, generation after generation, the kings of Hyrule maintained the order using the Triforce of Power, Wisdom and Courage that was handed down to the royal family." — Hyrule Historia, pg. 104
  2. "but he was concerned about the prince's character and aptitude and told the secret of the Triforce to Princess Zelda, since he detected that she had a better aptitude than the prince." — Hyrule Historia, pg. 104
  3. "Because of that, the king hid the Triforce of Courage" — Hyrule Historia, pg. 104
  4. "cast the following spell over Hyrule: “A crest shall appear on the hand of a human who has the aptitude, has been raised to follow the right way, has gained experience, and has reached a certain age.”" — Hyrule Historia, pg. 104
  5. "When the king passed away, no crest appeared on the hand of the prince, and although he became the new king, he could only inherit the incomplete power of the Triforce." — Hyrule Historia, pg. 104
  6. "A wizard close to the young king suggested that Princess Zelda might know something." — Hyrule Historia, pg. 104
  7. "The wizard got angry and threatened to cast a spell of eternal sleep on her, but Princess Zelda stubbornly refused." — Hyrule Historia, pg. 104
  8. "The wizard finished chanting the spell and Princess Zelda collapsed in that spot." — Hyrule Historia, pg. 104
  9. "Regretting his mistake, the sad, grieving young king wished for Princess Zelda to wake up one day and placed her in the altar of the North Castle." — Hyrule Historia, pg. 105
  10. "He then stipulated that every girl born into the royal family would be named “Zelda” so that this tragedy was never forgotten." — Hyrule Historia, pg. 105
  11. "The Kingdom of Hyrule was once a vast land proud of its glory, but over time, it decayed and became but a small kingdom." — Hyrule Historia, pg. 105