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North Castle
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URL
Language(s)
English
Owner(s)
Webmaster(s)
Juliet Singleton
Release Date(s)
1997
Status
Active

History

The history of North Castle dates back to the Summer of 1997 when the site was founded by Juliet Singleton. It is the oldest actively running Zelda sites surpassing the 10-year-old mark in 2007. While the site has been around for such a long time, the basic display has only had minor adjustments over the years and still retains a very similar layout to when the site first launched.

With Juliet growing older and having less time to work on the site, the site has moved to having a monthly update, usually occurring in the 3rd week of the month. In February of 2008, North Castle was the first site announced as part of the Zelda Dungeon Alliance.[1]

Content

North Castle features content from only the first 4 Zelda titles, The Legend of Zelda, The Adventure of Link, A Link to the Past, and Link's Awakening. The reasoning for choosing this path is because Juliet disliked the direction of Zelda with Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask.[2] She wanted the site to be there to educate fans of Ocarina of Time era, by highlighting the old games in the series.

North Castle also provides information pertaining to the Legend of Zelda Comics and the Cartoon series. The site also has plenty of specialty pages including material on the History of Hyrule, Zelda Romance, a listing of Collectibles & Merchandise, and much more.

Fan Works

Perhaps what North Castle is most known for is their massive collection of fan-submitted fiction and artwork. The site boasts a collection of over 500 fanfictions, conveniently divided into categories based on genre.[3] The archive of these fictional writings each give their respective authors, a title, the genre, what game they are based on, a rating, and some reviews.

Forum Community

The message boards for North Castle are currently shared with their sister website, Brotherhood of the Underworld. The forum has been online since July of 2004 and has amounted over 100 members and over 40,000 posts, making it one of the more active forums within the Zelda Community.

Brotherhood of the Underworld

Main article: Community:Brotherhood of the Underworld

Brotherhood of the Underworld was a subsidiary of its host North Castle, before being put on hiatus. The site's main goal was to create bestiaries for creatures and enemies from The Legend of Zelda series.

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