Zelda book (written age 13)

James / July 28th, 2011


This is a book based on The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past I wrote when I was 13 years old. It’s all lovingly written by hand. It was never finished. I only got halfway through, to when Agahnim sends link to the dark world. It was a huge ordeal to get this whole thing scanned and uploaded as a PDF. Make sure to scroll through it, it’s several pages. The book may not be great, but it would have probably qualified as a Worlds of Power novel. (If you don’t know what that is, see here.)


  • wulfyy

    July 28, 2011 at 7:33 am

    great :).

  • Agurri

    July 28, 2011 at 8:36 am

    Looks great… but the link doesn’t seem to work, sadly :(.

  • encey

    July 28, 2011 at 10:03 am

    That is so great. ALttP is my favorite Nintendo game, so I can definitely relate to the pull of writing out the story in dramatic fashion. It must have been so fun as a kid to do that.

  • July 28, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    OMG but what happens next?

  • hajpermegaman

    July 28, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Jesus, the hand writing.. don’t think I can read through this. Someone type it out lol.

  • jokke

    July 28, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Great stuff!! You can see the creative person even from behind these scriblings. By the way, i’ve always been curious about the spelling of young americans. I’m not trying to diss anyone here, but why is it so hard to write your own language. I remember perfecting english when i wass around 10-11 and it’s not even my native language. Obviously in rolfes case it’s not due to lack of marbles in his sack so to speak of. Is it the quality of schools or what? Could someone shed some light on this for me?

  • July 28, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    I like how you dot your periods–there the size of bullet holes! :)

  • linkfan3

    July 28, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    for some reason the book wont show on my screen

  • lindseykal

    July 29, 2011 at 12:47 am

    ha ha you put more effort into this at thirteen then most college students in a creative writing class. ;) It’s fun to see how much Zelda captured your imagination when you were a kid.

  • Solrain

    July 29, 2011 at 1:19 am


    Your English is very good for someone who’s native language is not English but it’s FAR from perfect – from the way you constructed that post. James must have been around 9 years old at that point and this is damn good writing for that age. I admittedly giggled at a few miss-spellings but that was every kid at that age, regardless of language.

    I look back on my own writing as a kid and it’s pretty much the same quality. I thoroughly enjoyed this, as a fanfic writer (and artist) of my own during this period (I remember mimicking the Nintendo Power Zelda comics with the eagle guy that didn’t even appear in the game.)

    This was an excellent throwback to quite possibly the greatest game of all time from a true fan’s perspective. It shows how imaginative we were as kids and James has obviously channeled the spirit of this into the reviews he does today, that we all know and love.

  • July 29, 2011 at 1:38 am

    Holy shit that was long

  • Dojoharmony

    July 29, 2011 at 1:50 pm


    1-you are a douche, you gave a critic of jokke’s post without giving any feedback… you actually felt insulted by his post? sorry but it really sounded like “uh (can’t think of good comeback) well, YOU suck!”

    2-James was 13, it’s written in the title

  • TheProfessor

    July 29, 2011 at 3:59 pm


    I highly doubt that you spoke or wrote “perfect” English at 10 years old. If you did, I can assure you that you are a prodigy. I teach English in Brazil and have travelled extensively throughout the world. In these travels and my time in Brazil I have never once met someone who spoke or wrote perfect English, not even fellow native English teachers.

    But to better answer your question, you might have a point with the schooling most American’s receive. Compared to most other countries they are simply inferior. But remember we are talking about public schools whereas most educated from other countries go to private schools (at least in developing nations) and their public schools are just as bad or worse than the US. But I digress.

    To be more specific, language wise, most of the romance and germanic languages such as Spanish, French, Portuguese, German, etc all use accents which are conducive to correct spelling and pronunciation. Each letter when accomanied with an accent makes only 1 sound (ã, é, ô). In effect, simplifying it and making it easier to learn.

    However, English generally does not use accents. One letter of the alphabet might make more than 10 different sounds. To remedy this, we use patterns such as adding “e” at the end of a word to make it a long sound. Hop becomes hope, for example which rhymes with “rope” because of the “e” at the end.

    Unfortanately there are more exceptions to the patterns than actual patterns, which cause more confusion. In a nutshell, English spelling has no set patterns for spelling or pronunciation that are not without their exceptions. This makes the language more difficult to learn as far as spelling. However, the grammar is very simplified compared to other languages which is why I believe it has become so widely used around the world.

    An interesting side note is that most students of their native language in other countries do not have “Spelling” as a subject in Elementary school nor do they have “Spelling Bees”. Most of my students find this very amusing. There is simply no need for them. Once you learn the basic pronunciation of the alphabet, any word is spelled as it is pronounced. A rarity in English.

    Sorry to ramble on, the simple answer is that English spelling has no set pronunciation patterns and is therefore more difficult for children to learn. English is generally learned through life experience and not basic education. I hope my answer helped.

  • TheProfessor

    July 29, 2011 at 4:22 pm


    Dude, calm down. I didn’t see anything in Soltrain’s post that would warrant being called a “douche”. He also didn’t seem offended. He just gave his opinion that his English is “FAR from perfect”. What other comment did he make that gave you the impression he was offended or trying to insult Jokke? I am not trying to be a jerk, I really am curious.

    Why are people so needlessly agressive towards one another on the internet? Could it be due to the lack of social retraint? Sexual frustration? Self-loathing?

    (that last comment was NOT for you dojoharmony, it’s rhetorical)

  • Lezen

    July 30, 2011 at 1:07 am


    Well said, man. You certainly do know your facts about English. Personally I think we should try to revive Old English since it’s so close to German, grammatically speaking, but that would be about as likely as a Republican and a Democrat putting aside their differences and working together.

    Anyway, looking at this story really brings me back. In fact, when I was the same age – a freshman in high school – I would work on this story about Final Fantasy VI (a.k.a. FFIII) during my classes. Come to think of it, I believe I even found a way to incorporate Star Fox into that story.

    Either way, just being diligent with that one story helped me to develop somewhat of a hobby in writing, and I went on to write my own original novel. That’s not to say I don’t occasionally cringe when I reread my old writing, but at least it gives me a sense of what works in writing and what doesn’t.

    To wrap up, thanks for sharing this with us, James. “He’s gonna take you back to the past…”

  • muskabulldog

    July 30, 2011 at 3:46 am

    The whole time I read this (Yes, I finished it. It was awesome), I was listening to this Zelda: Lost woods remake. I don’t know what kind of music you like, but I find it really interesting. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NU75uz0b8EU

  • July 30, 2011 at 10:06 am

    i read it and i thought is was amazing. this is no doubt one of my favorite games of all time and i think you did a good job of putting the game into words. :)

  • bibap

    July 31, 2011 at 8:26 am


    As a fellow language teacher I have to point out that French does not belong to the group of languages that is easy to spell. While accents on letters do help as far as pronunciation is concerned, in French there are many different ways to spell a certain sound, just as in English. In many schools French children who learn to spell their language correctly are the exception, rather than the norm (and the proliferation of cell phone texting hasn’t helped matters either).

    Oh yeah, James’ story brings me back too. In junior high I tried to write a first-person spinoff story from A Link to the Past. Didn’t turn out too well.

  • trumpetboy96

    July 31, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    I still remeber when i was in the first grade i wrote a zelda book, it was based off of majora’s mask though, and in the fourth grade, i wrote a sequal to it…. The legend of zelda was always my favorite game when i was young… but i can’t really say that cause im only 15 anyway lol.

  • trumpetboy96

    July 31, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    It wasn’t as long as yours though btw, it was only 10 pages i believe. Iv lost it so it kinda sucks.

  • TheProfessor

    August 1, 2011 at 7:43 pm


    You are totally right. In my haste I lumped French in with the rest. My mistake.

  • frostare

    August 1, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    I love the progression of the narration, I could almost feel that you “finished it” on a later age.

  • chronicdriver

    August 2, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Awesome job James. I still have a lot of drawings and maps I created. Looks like some people cant oped it and need to update there adobe PDF.

  • August 2, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    While reading this story (i read the whole thing) i realized that if i pushed in my scroll wheel, i could scann the pages faster. Amazing.


  • The Kaleidoscopic God

    August 3, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    @jokke: Either you lie, or your English has only gotten worse with time. It does not seem to be perfect TODAY, so I highly doubt you perfected it whenever you were 10 or 11, which I take it was at least a few years ago.

  • RichardTracy

    August 3, 2011 at 10:43 pm


    “Your English is very good for someone *who’s* native language is not English but it’s FAR from perfect – from the way you constructed that post”

    You mean “whose”, buddy.

    Protip: Don’t insult someone’s post and then make mistakes in yours. It makes you look like a hypocrite.

    English isn’t my native language either, heh.

  • August 4, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    when i was a kid, my grandfather gave me a gift. that gift was the legend of zelda : a link to the past. this game is my favorite game on the snes and now it s very special for me and always bring to me good memories. also i still have a link’s shield that i made back in time

  • August 8, 2011 at 10:48 am

    86 pages? HOLY! My comics only had like 10 or so because after the 4th I was bored shitless. :D

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