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What country is The Kingdom of Hyrule based on?

Discussion in 'Zelda Theory' started by SpiritOfTheHero, Jul 3, 2018.

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What country/continent do you think Hyrule is based on?

  1. Europe (England, France, Germany)

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  2. Africa (Egypt)

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  3. The Middle East (Israel)

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  1. SpiritOfTheHero

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    So, what country does everyone think Hyrule is supposed to be based on? I don't think it's Oriental as Hylians have Christian like characteristics, The Temple of Time in Ocarina of Time and earlier LoZ games have a Christian theme. The Book of Magic in The Legend of Zelda even has a cross on it, like The Holy Bible, a Christian book. Some fans have speculated Hyrule is like The Promised Land and is therefore based on The Middle East, specifically, Ancient Israel but the terrain in the game suggests a European setting, specifically, I'm thinking Northern Europe, such as England, or even France, maybe even Germany based on the lush fields and countryside.

    What does everyone else think?
     
  2. Spiritual Mask Salesman

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    It's pretty obvious that it has a Europeon vibe, as the games normally take place in a medieval era. The medieval era, or Dark Ages, in reality, mainly only occured in Europe. Meanwhile Asian and Arabic culture continued to flourish. The medieval architectural inspiration can only be drawn from Europe. And the lush countryside definitely has a Europeon feel to it.

    I must point out , I've seen it suggested that the Gerudo Desert, and the Gerudo tribe, might be based off of Middle Eastern culture. In the past, and even presentely there were desert nomads. We have stories like Arabian Nights which depict arabs specifically as thieves. It just so happens the Gerudo are a nomadic desert people who are thieves. In the original Nintendo 64 version of Ocarina of Time, the Gerudo symbol actually was the Islamic symbol.

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    I'm not sure if it caused outrage, but to avoid backlash, the Gerudo symbol was changed.
     
  3. YIGAhim

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    It is absolutely based off of Europe, but as said, the Gerudo is clearly based off of the middle east
     
  4. Pendio

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    I think it depends a lot on what version of Hyrule as well as what part of Hyrule we're talking about.

    Hyrule in the first three games I'd say is heavily influenced by medieval Europe based on the architecture we see in those games and in their official artwork. As for the Hyrule we see in OoT I'd say mostly the same, however the Gerudo area seems so be very based in the Middle East/northern Africa because of the symbols, the clothing, the weaponry etc.

    Twilight Princess is probably the most Eoropean of them all, I'd say, because it shows us a variety of different types of civilisations. From the farming village of Ordon to the crowded capital of Castle Town. It's all very clearly different "classes" of medieval Europe. The exceptions in this game would be Kakariko and the Hidden Village, which both resemble towns from the American west of the 1800s or somewhere around there.

    Breath of the Wild carries on the medieval Europe vibe to a large extent for obvious reasons, but we also saw them expand on the Middle Eastern/north African themes of the Gerudo area, which was nice. And Lurelin Village didn't seem very Europeas to me either. Instead it reminded me of an island somewhere in the Caribbean or in the Pacific Ocean. But the most pleasant surprise I got from BotW was in the Sheikah and Yiga areas. I think it's quite funny that it took them all the way until this game to create some eastern Asian areas in Hyrule; namely Kakariko Village and the Yiga Clan Hideout. These areas look as if they come straight out of Japan's Sengoku era, and I for one was overjoyed to have places like these in Zelda. Additionally the three dragons in the game as well as the many monks in the shrines are clearly inspired by eastern Asian culture, and I hope to see Nintendo take Hyrule even further in this direction in future Zelda games. :)
     
  5. SpiritOfTheHero

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    That makes sense, but I think in terms of archetypes; the Hylians are without a doubt, based on Europeans whereas the Gerudo are based perhaps on Arabic, Egyptian, or even Hebrew peoples. I think generally, Hyrule Proper where Hyrule Castle, and Castle Town are located as well as the many villages are European (English and French mainly) inspired but Gerudo Desert, I feel could be Middle Eastern (Israelite, Egyptian, Arabic - something along those lines). If I had to name a country; I'd have to say that it's a blend of both African/European themes.

    Insofar as time periods are concerned, I personally feel that Ocarina of Time occurs during the mid-Medieval era, something around the 1100-1200s, and Twilight Pricess would be the high-Medieval era, so, 1300-1400s. A game such as A Link To The Past would be early Medieval era, and Skyward Sword would undoubtedly be pre-Middle Ages, and be considered the Ancient era of the Zelda continuity. I'm not sure what time period Breath of the Wild would fall into though.
     
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    Europe, for certain. The Zelda series is (or was) inspired by classic medieval fantasy. Aspects of the King Arthur legend are very apparent in the first game. It's essentially a crusade for the holy grail. Or in TLoZ's case, the Triforce.

    Zelda II and ALttP both strongly feature medieval aesthetics, although Zelda II seems to have some Mediterranean aesthetic as well. Ancient Greek or Roman.

    Nowhere in the series is the medieval fairy tale more obvious than in ALttP and Ocarina of Time, the latter of which features some obviously middle eastern or arabic influence as well. Historically, the history of Europe and the Middle East are heavily intertwined as it is for the Hylians and the Gerudo in Ocarina.

    Even the early games featured Christian crosses in their aesthetic. The "sanctuary" in ALttP strongly resembles a Christian church as does the Temple of Time in Ocarina. Castles throughout the series are of European influence. English long swords and kite shields of medieval origin are common throughout the series. Kakariko Village is a quintessential medieval village in every game except Twilight Princess.

    Recently however the series has strayed a bit from its medieval fantasy roots. The aesthetic of Suckward and BotW are fairly "unique" to the series. Majora's Mask strays far from the series' medieval European trappings and Wind Waker is obviously set in a Caribbean inspired setting. Twilight Princess is one of the more recent titles to retain its medieval European aesthetic and it lays it on pretty thick.
     
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