Please note first of all, these are NOT official dates. I made them up myself. MOST of the events mentioned have all happened, according to various sources (the games, books, comics and cartoons), but Nintendo have never actually given out any dates as such. It's merely for entertainment value, and a good guide if you wish to write a fan-fiction story. For example, my first Zelda story, The Dark Empowerment takes place in 4545. (Note, my stories have their own special time-line, which you can access on the page prior to this one). The timeline will help you to see what order the events in all the games happened and who did what and when.
Another point of interest is the number of Links and Zeldas. I have put numbers next to them when each generation is born. Link and Zelda I are from Zelda V: The Ocarina of Time on the Nintendo 64. Link and Zelda II are from Zelda IX: The Windwaker on the GameCube. Link and Zelda III are from Zelda III:A Link to the Past on the SNES. Zelda IV is mentioned in Zelda II: Adventure of Link, as a Princess put to sleep generations ago. Finally Link IV and Zelda V are from the original The Legend of Zelda games on the NES, The Legend of Zelda and Link's Adventure.
However, since interest has become revived in Zelda, many people have been questioning which games go where in time. Every time Nintendo release a new game, it seems to throw the entire series into a state of confusion. It is often universally agreed by many Zelda fans that Zelda V: Ocarina of Time is the first game in the series, with Legend of Zelda and Zelda II: Adventure of Link falling at the end of the timeline. However the other games locations within the timeline fall into dispute time and time again. I will state my own theory here but I must stress this is NOT set in stone. I could be right, I could be wrong. You will find that many other sites may have different or similar theories. It's up to you to decide which order you think is correct.
1. Zelda V: Ocarina of Time
2. Zelda VI: Majora's Mask
3. Zelda IX: The Windwaker
4. Zelda III: A Link To The Past
5. Zelda VII: Oracle of Seasons
6. Zelda VIII: Oracles of Ages
7. Zelda IV: Link's Awakening
8. Zelda I: Legend of Zelda
9. Zelda II: Adventure of Link
I have used many sources to compile this timeline, mostly from the game manuals and games themselves and various sites on the 'net. Special thanks to The Desert Colossus whose excellent Hyrule Compedium not only supports my timeline theory but proved a valuable aid in adding the missing links to this timelime from The Windwaker (which I haven't yet played). For a more in-depth look at Hyrule's history, this is the site to visit.
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