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 Redditor quickly noticed the ingredients came from Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
In Breath of the Wild, the ingredients for red dye require an apple, spicy pepper, Hylian shroom, sunshroom, ruby, fire keese wing and a red lizalfos tail. Writer and podcaster Dana Schwartz tried to trace Boyne’s steps to see if the the video game reference was an Easter egg or a mistake, since the historical novel does not take place in the same world as the game.
“So, while John Boyne was doing a perfunctory google search for how to dye clothes red he found a site listing monster parts and accidentally put them in his very serious book,” Schwartz hypothesized on Twitter.
The news finally made it back to Boyne who responded good-naturedly to Schwartz’s thread.
Nintendo released Breath of the Wild in 2017, adding another playable adventure in the iconic, enduring Legend of Zelda video game series.