The Legend of Zelda franchise has seen its fair share of adaptations over the years. One of the most recognisable (and one of few that is still in print to this day) is the manga adaptation of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.
In lesser-known circles, the game also happened to receive a novelisation in Japan by author Katsuyuki Ozaki. It was part of the Futabasha Fantasy Novel Series and took some liberties with some of the franchise's more well known aspects. You can check out the full novel over on Internet Archive, but keep in mind that the majority of the book is in Japanese text.
As reported by Twitter account and original uploader @HistoryofHyrule via the website History of Hyrule, the novel had a very different name for Link. Are you ready for it..?
Yeah, see for yourself if you don't believe us.
It doesn't quite have the same ring to it as 'Link', does it? "The Hero of Hyrule, Paul..." Yeah, no. We're not too sure why the author went with this name in particular, but we're just going to assume it sounded the most appealing.
Nevertheless, we love seeing little nuggets of history like this, and we'll be keeping a close eye on what else crops up via the History of Hyrule website.
Be sure to let us know if you own any unique pieces of history from The Legend of Zelda franchise. Have you come across anything weird or out-of-place? Leave a comment down below!
That's funny. Probably another instance of a foreign name sounding more cool or exotic to Japanese-speakers. Like how in FF VI, the main character Terra was called Tina in Japan. Tina wasn't unique enough for us so it was changed to Terra.
All the Paul's on this site are in shambles rn.
The Legend of Zelda: A Paul to the Past.
Breath Of The Paul
The Paulish Cap
Paul’s Crossbow Training
It was a rather a-Paul-ing choice, no?
Well, it's no Error, that's for sure
Well Paul is a biblical name, and a Pope as well. I guess a good easter egg for you know, Easter.
Well done Paul! You’re the hero of Hyrule!
Google translate here I come!
Edit: Didn't work ):
A Paul to the past…
A Zelda novel is something I've always wanted... to the point I've considered writing one myself... but not like this 😂
Paul Atreides did alright for himself. For a bit.
A fan of Frank Herbert maybe?
At least it isn’t Steve!
***The game starts, as ever, with Paul asleep***
KING OF RED LIONS: "Paul... wake up!"
KING OF RED LIONS: "PAUL! WAKE UP!!!"
PAUL: "Zzzzz... huh?"
KING OF RED LIONS: "Are you awake?"
(okay take some more characters, how am I supposed to have anything more to add after that though)
@TJC04 it's not out of the question, Dune did have global cultural influence but I haven't found any promising potential connections in my brief googlings.
“I’m Soo Appauled.” Track 7 off My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
Peter, bearer of the Triforce of Power.
Paul, bearer of the Triforce of Courage.
and Mary, bearer of the Triforce of Wisdom.
Does he get to play the flute/ocarina to defeat Paul's Voice?
Well, at least it's not another Jack.
Link was once supposed to be a Christian.
This may have been a reference to the Apostle Paul, then.
It doesn't have the same ring to it because you're not used to it.
It would have been totally fine.
@SmaggTheSmug Nor another Max.
"I'm the Hero of Hyrule."
"By what name are you known?"
"There are some who call me.... 'Paul'"
I thought that his name was going to be revealed as Lank or something 😂. But I think Paul is actually worse (and kinda hilarious) 🤣.
Based on the lore, while the "Hero of time" eventually comes to be known as "Link", that's not always the name he's born with. Sometimes it's a title, sometimes history records him as "Link" while his name was unknown, and sometimes it's a Nickname given to promising youths in hopes they will turn out to be the Hero of Time, much like how they are given a green tunic when they come of age.
Heck in Wind Waker you chose your own name, but people who recognize you as the Hero of Time call you Link regardless.
Also "ポール", or "Po-Ru", can mean pole or pall. This is where a native speaker would tell you how the Kanji for Pole, Paul and Pall interact with some aspect of the game to create some epic symbolic meaning, some awesome pun, or a poop joke, which is why they went with this seemingly simply name.
@PokemonDMG That was Peter, not Paul.
But in the game you can call him whatever you want so I don’t see what the big deal is. Fun fact: the Satellaview version of the game allows you to play as a female character.
But was his horse named Stanley?
@Ooyah If I remember correctly it was King Of Red Pauls
@VR32X Horsie ...
@sleepinglion Error is Paul in disguise
Zelda was also going to be called Mary, and Ganon was Peter..
I can't live with Link not being called Link. In every Zelda game where you can set Link's name (which is most of them) I've never not called him Link. It just feels wrong changing it, like renaming Mario Graham.
@premko1 is that last one a fast and furious crossover
"Paul Position" would have been an awesome name for a racing game.
I'll never understand why people would change character names for no reason.
@Williamfuchs420 No , its Highlander the tv series crossover ( Adrian PAUL ) - more time accurate .
The Adventures Of Paul
Breath Of The Paul 2
Ru-Paul hero of drag?
At least not as funny as Ganondorf Dragmire.
I hope in the next game the original Demise returns.
Yeah same here, always named him Link.
Well here's another clue for you all:
The elf boy was Paul.
I'd like to think that that boy with the round ears in TriForce Heroes is also a reincarnation of Paul 🤣
Yep, that's Paul. His timeline probably branches out along with the Tingle games 🤣
It could have been worse. The author could have named him Zelda.
Just like how in Virtual Hydlide, the 3D remake for Hydlide, the name for the playable character is Jim.
I usually give Link an alternative name whenever I start a new file in any given Zelda game. Loink, Lurnk, Lunk, etc.
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