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Why Zelda's Legend?

"Zelda? That's the guy in the green hat and skirt, right?"

This is the joke we have all heard, hated, and then of course repeated throughout the years. The games are all part of the Legend of ZELDA series, and the main character is not Zelda, it is Link. We're used to this. It makes sense to all us Zelda fans, and we just know to correct or ignore people when they make the mistake. I guess it could be worse. It's not like the games are named after one of the series' villains (I'm looking at you, Metroid).

Jokes aside, when you do really think about it, why is it named that? Why is the series named after someone often seen as only the damsel in distress? Well, the short and easy answer is Shigeru Miyamoto's explaination of the origins of the name:

"Zelda was the name of the wife of the famous novelist Francis Scott Fitzgerald. She was a famous and beautiful woman from all accounts, and I liked the sound of her name. So I took the liberty of using …

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