| Wednesday, March 20, 2002, Posted by: Linkster|
Okay, I've always wondered this. Everyone seems to think that Hyrule is on Earth. That the game, Zelda, takes place sometime in the past. I'm not so sure I believe that, being that the people in some of the games have telephones, cameras, and bizarre inventions that not even we have.
But what if Hyrule is on Earth? Where in the world would it be? Well, being that it is my job as webmaster of this site to put together info on video games, I decided to investigate on the issue. After much research, this is what I came up with:
*Note* Before reading this and taking it incredibly serious, I want to make clear that I did this for fun and it is not to be taken serious. I may have made some mistakes, although it doesn't look like it, but even if I did, this investigation gives you some idea as to where Hyrule would be if it were real.
Okay, I was reading a book and it said something about rupees. I thought, "What the heck?" Luckily, it was one of those goofy books for school use that had definitions of confusing words typed up neatly at the bottom of the page. The definition for rupee is: A form of currency in India. Well, we're halfway there already. Hyrule must be in India, right? Hyrulians and Indians have the same form of currency, and some of the people in Zelda 64 have dark skin. Like a Middle-Eastern. So, I have come to the conclusion that Hyrule is somewhere in India. If you don't believe that rupees are Indian currency, click HERE.
Okay, after deciding to find the absolute location of Hyrule, I had to put a few things together. First, Hyrule has practicly every biome on Earth in it somwhere. Forest, grassland, desert, mountains, river, lake. So, Hyrule must be in a grassy region of India with some mountains and water. There are deserts in India. But the trouble is finding all of those biomes all clumped together like they are in the game.
Look at this physical map of India. There appears to be some mountains and I do see a couple of rivers.
That didn't help a whole lot, so I also nabbed a political map. Oh by the way, thanks to maps.com for the maps.
Noticing that this was still not a very deatiled map as far as telling me where lakes and stuff are, I figured that I had to dig deeper if I was gonna crack this case. I found a very detailed map on the page, indiasnews.net. It has some lakes on it. There appears to be a lake on the Krishna River labeled ANDRAH. See it on the map below?
Looking at the same location on the physical map above, there appears to be a small mountainous area just barely northwest of this lake. I have colored the lake area blue on the map below.
That lake ANDRAH, the mountain, and the river Krishna make up three of the biomes in Hyrule, and the lower areas around the mountain and the river represent the grasslands and desert areas in Hyrule.
Those biomes represent Death Mountain, Lake Hylia, Zora's River, Hyrule Field, and Gerudo Desert. But what about Kokiri Forest? Aah, I'm sure it's in there somewhere.
So, after much research, deliberation, and of course, typing and uploading JPEGs, I have found the exact geographical location of Hyrule on Earth. The dark area on the map below is where Hyrule would be if it were a real country.
That was my essay on the location of Hyrule. I hope you enjoyed it. ;) -Linkster