The creator of the epic video game series The Legend of Zelda, Shigeru Miyamoto, looked across the pond for inspiration when naming his titular damsel in distress. The wife of The Great Gatsby author was quite the improbable muse, but “she was a famous and beautiful woman from all accounts, and [Miyamoto] liked the sound of her name. So [he] took the liberty of using her name for the very first Zelda title.”
Another fun fact: Zelda’s husband also got his name from an unusual place - his second cousin, three times removed, Francis Scott Key - the writer of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the national anthem of the United States!
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