John Boyne Accidentally Cited 'Zelda: Breath Of The Wild' In New Novel

Lawrence Kim
August 5, 2020

If you're a gamer who picked up acclaimed Irish novelist John Boyne's latest historical fiction book, The Traveller at the Gates of Wisdom, you might notice something familiar. On a page spotted by Reddit user u/nonono_ohhoho, the story's narrator describes ingredients for dyes used in dressmaking.

The Boy In The Striped Pajamas author John Boyne has been caught accidentally referencing monsters from The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild in his new novel, after a bit of seemingly lazy Google-based research led him astray.

In addition to Octorok eye and lizalfos tail, poisoning a historical figure as powerful as Attila also requires a Triforce-worthy scavenging list including keese wing, spicy pepper, hightail lizard, and the notoriously hard to collect swift violet - a key ingredient not for making dye or poison, but for crafting Hasty Elixirs and maxing out your Level-4 climbing gear.

As noted on Twitter by Dana Schwartz, at some point in the novel one of the recipes in the game is clearly visible, since the ingredients mentioned do not exist in the real world. (Although the book is pretty fantastical, set across 2,000 years.) Clearly, Boyne just Googled for red dye and just went with whatever came back top - in this case, information for crafting in Breath of the Wild.

It seems the mistake comes from a simple Google of some combination of red dye.

Boyne himself quickly responded to Schwartz's thread, admitting it was a fair cop. "I'm totally willing to own it. something tells me I'll be telling this anecdote on stage for many years to come...", Boyne writes.

Boyne has since replied on Twitter, saying he found the mistake amusing, and has no plans to correct it in later editions.

"Sometimes you just gotta throw your hands up and say, 'yup!"

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