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L.I. Underhill is a media critic and historian specializing in pop culture, with a focus on science fiction (especially Star Trek) and video games. Their projects include a critical history of Star Trek told through the narrative of a war in time, a “heretical” history of The Legend of Zelda series and a literary postmodern reading of Jim Davis' Garfield.


  1. John G. Wood
    December 14, 2017 @ 8:38 am

    I’m guessing this is the final instalment? If not it should be, with that final line! I’ve found Hyrule Haeresis surprisingly engaging, even though I’ve never played any Zelda games (or indeed had non-trivial contact with any of the consoles mentioned except the GameCube, which I’ve played one game on with my son). So thanks!


    • Josh Marsfelder
      December 14, 2017 @ 6:21 pm

      This is actually a bonus essay. The 9th was intended to be the final entry, but then I found a way to one more, so I shunted the final essay ahead up one and took on these three games instead. Which ended up being nice as it makes it an even 10. There are still two more Zeldas left to cover.

      The problem I now have is that this essay ended up far more conclusive than I had intended and makes a perfectly definitive ending all on its own, so I now have a fairly monumental task following this up with what was planned to be the (far more modest) original ending.

      Thank you very much for reading, commenting and enjoying. This has been a somewhat fraught and tumultuous journey, but it’s reassuring to know at least some people enjoyed it.


  2. Dan
    December 20, 2017 @ 9:30 pm

    I’ll just chime in here that I’ve found these really engaging. I grew up playing the Zelda games and being born in 96 I grew up playing Ocarina of Time on the N64 because my family couldn’t afford to buy me a GameCube and the N64 was my cousins hand me down.

    The first one that I remember coming out was Twilight Princess (my favourite) but I haven’t kept up in recent years.

    I haven’t posted before but I’m here quietly waiting and reading.


  3. Jacob
    December 23, 2017 @ 9:21 pm

    I love this series of essays, Josh. It’d be great to have them compiled in a book, or maybe as part of an anthology with Phil’s Nintendo and Super Nintendo writings. I know a few people I’d send that to as a gift.


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