Whether you buy into it or not, an official timeline for The Legend of Zelda series very much exists - and that's thanks to the Hyrule Historia book released in 2011. For years, diehard fans of the franchise carefully constructed their own theories, containing as much detail as possible from clues discovered in the nooks and crannies of each Zelda entry. It's definitely not everyone's cup of Lon Lon, as a large number of fans prefer to treat each Zelda title as a standalone game (unless prequels/sequels are officially stated of course) - which definitely seemed to be the initial strategy by Nintendo.

Uploaded by YouTube channel Commonwealth Realm, a group of popular YouTube Zelda theorists have come together in a rather impressive and lengthy collaboration video, as they dissect the entire series of Zelda games (including A Link Between Worlds and Tri Force Heroes) and explain how they all piece together in chronological order for the franchise's 30th anniversary. The cast of narrators include the likes of ZeldaMaster and HMK, with the production's music coming from TheOnlyDeerAlive and ZREO, with some of the footage generated via other contributors. It's a huge team effort, and whether you're a believer or not the dedication displayed here is truly commendable.

Have a watch of the near 50 minute video below and let us know what you think - just be warned that the entire video is littered with spoilers from every Zelda game (more or less), so do skip the ones you haven't played and don't want ruined for you!

[source youtube.com]