''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/344741/1/Legend_of_Zelda_The_Return Legend of Zelda: The Return]]'' is a [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Zelda]] fanfic by Rose Zemlya. It takes place after [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime OoT]] with the assumption that Link lost all of his memories of the events in the game when Zelda sent him back in time. Because of this, he has lived through a "normal" childhood, living and working in the Archery Shop in Castle Town, spending his free time riding his horse, or hanging out with the ranch girl Malon and the mysterious Sheikah boy, Sheik.

One day, he is asked to deliver a special package directly to Princess Zelda, and his carefree life comes to an end. Dark Link suddenly appears, looking to use the Hero of Time's blood to break the seal on Ganondorf. Link must relearn the events of Ocarina of Time, become reaquainted with allies he can't remember, and bring Hyrule together to fight against Ganon's army before Ganondorf can be released from the Sacred Realm.

Rose Zemlya has also written a sequel to The Return, titled ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1755123/1/Legend_of_Zelda_Reconciliation Legend of Zelda: Reconciliation]]''. The plot is loosely based on [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast A Link to the Past]], but keeps the same characters and world from ''The Return''.

The author has expanded on the universe of the Zelda games, paying special attention to the cultures and societal structures of the different races.

An audiobook adaptation is in progress [[http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLb0vlwtdzd1EBCGyBDIpfPJJbK_XA9Ndc&feature=mh_lolz here.]]

!!Tropes found in both ''The Return'' and ''Reconciliation'':

* AerithAndBob: Original characters have names varying from Neesha and Acqul to Thomas and Natalia.
* AlternateTimeline: When Zelda sent Link back in time, an alternate timeline was created so that Link could grow up normally.
* AmazonBrigade: The Gerudo, obviously.
* AscendedExtra: The man in the archery shop is given a name and important role in this story.
** Dark Link as well. He's only a miniboss in Ocarina of Time, but in The Return he has a much more prominent role.
* BagOfHolding: Saria gave one to Link as a gift when he left the Kokiri forest in the altered timeline.
* BigBad: [[YouShouldKnowThisAlready Guess who]].
* BowAndSwordInAccord: Link spent his altered-timeline childhood living in the archery shop, so of course he's good with a bow. [[spoiler: Once he regains his memories of Ocarina of Time, he becomes adept with the sword as well.]]
* BrickJoke / CallBack: In an early chapter of ''The Return'', Link makes up a new word to describe the worst possible situation: Link. In ''Reconciliation'', when Link and Neesha are captured by guards:
--> From worse to Link we go.
* ChildSoldiers: Gerudo girls are trained from a very young age in the ways of combat, and are considered full adults by the time they are 13.
* DarkerAndEdgier: than Ocarina of Time.
* DeadpanSnarker: Link.
** Which is often countered by snarks from Navi, Hunter, Neesha, or even Zelda.
* TheDragon: Dark Link in ''Return'', Agahnim in ''Reconciliation''.
* EvilTowerOfOminousness: The towers of Din, Farore, and Nayru in ''Reconciliation''.
* ExactWords: After they finish bringing him up to speed at Lon Lon Ranch, Link feels the need to go for a ride. Zelda warns him not to leave and he promises not to go near the gates. He jumps over the fence instead.
* FairyCompanion: Navi, of course.
* {{Fictionary}}: the Sheikah language.
* GiantSpider: Link has a particularly memorable run-in with some giant Skulltula and Dark Link [[spoiler: just prior to regaining his memories]].
* GreatEscape: The beginning of ''Reconciliation''.
* HairTriggerTemper: Link develops one rather quickly.
* HeroicBSOD: Link suffers a couple throughout the series, especially when [[spoiler: Zelda is kidnapped]].
** Hunter goes through his own after [[spoiler: Jinni]]'s HeroicSacrifice.
* HeroicSacrifice:
** [[spoiler: Link, near the end of ''Return''.]]
** There's also [[spoiler: Jinni]] to save Hunter.
* IAmWho: Aside from all the Hero-of-Time business, [[spoiler:Link is also king of the Gerudo]].
* {{Jerkass}}: Aside from the obvious [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Link]], Navi and Zelda have their moments (Navi in particular). The Gerudo race are ''full'' of these.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Link and Brayden
* LadyLand: The Gerudo Fortress.
* LongLostRelative: [[spoiler:Hunter]].
* MagicMusic: Songs from Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask.
* MeaningfulName: [[BoisterousBruiser Bruiser]].
** Also Hunter, who wants to hunt Dark Link down right away, despite him knowing that [[spoiler: he's Link's father]].
* MissingMom: Most of the main characters.
* [[RedOniBlueOni Red Oni, Blue Oni, Purple Oni]]: Hunter and Link tend to be red and blue respectively, while Neesha switches between the two depending on the situation.
* TheReveal: [[spoiler:Link being the son of a runaway Gerudo, and thus the rightful ''king'' of the Gerudo.]]
** Sheik's identity, though more to Link than the readers.
** [[spoiler: Dark Link being Link's father, Brayden.]]
* [[spoiler:SheCleansUpNicely]]: Neesha in chapter 12 of ''Reconciliation'', [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy much to her dismay]].
* TemptingFate: A couple of times, and occasionally lampshaded:
--> '''Link''': It's just Castletown. I'm safe there. [[WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong What could go wrong?]]
--> '''Hunter''': I hate it when you say that.
* ThreeAmigos: Link, Hunter, and Neesha, eventually.
* TimeyWimeyBall: The nature of time travel and memories. So Zelda sent Link back into the past, in accord with the ending to [=OoT=]. Link also doesn't remember those last 7 years, nor does anyone else. Which is fine, as thanks to time travel, those years haven't happened yet. But the sages and Zelda somehow do remember them, while nobody else realizes that they've lived the last 7 years twice.\\
Either those seven years no longer exist or they exist in an alternate timeline. But alternate timelines can't have an effect on each other (that's why they're ''alternates''). Yet this story seems to suggest that those 7 years both did and did not happen. For example, in the new timeline, Ganondorf is imprisoned. What happened in the new timeline to cause that to happen? Or did Ganondorf simply vanish the moment Link returned from the future?
* VitriolicBestBuds: Link and Hunter have Type 2 examples quickly after meeting.