In This Version of The Legend of Zelda, Link Cuts People’s Heads Clean Off

Artistic interpretations of Nintendo's most popular fantasy swordsman run the gamut from burly and broad-shouldered to effing pissed to utterly horrifying. But these stripped-down paintings by Dave Palumbo represent a more grounded, pulp fantasy take on the Hero of Hyrule.

Palumbo—who's done work for Blizzard, Marvel and Wizards of the Coast—removes the iconic hat and doubles down on finer details like glinting chainmail and tattered boots. The result is a Link who looks like he could have been created by Robert E. Howard instead of Shigeru Miyamoto. This pointy-eared hero? He's not so gentle.

In This Version of The Legend of Zelda, Link Cuts People’s Heads Clean Off

In This Version of The Legend of Zelda, Link Cuts People’s Heads Clean Off

In This Version of The Legend of Zelda, Link Cuts People’s Heads Clean Off

Dave Palumbo Paints Beautiful Demons, Bad Deeds and Lots of Link [Comics Alliance]