The split timeline is fine, but I don't really know about your child timeline. There is no real right or wrong, but some things have always made more sense to me.
OOT > MM > TP
> FS > FSA > ALTTP > LA > Oracles > LoZ > AoL
Little has to be said about TP’s placement. It needs to come before all the others because Ganondorf is still his normal self, who has NOT met any Hero of Time garbed in green, holding the Master Sword of Evil’s Bane. I’ve said this time and again: Ganondorf is not a madman suffering from Alzheimer’s, he would KNOW what he was up against. But he doesn’t. The reason he basically ignored Link is because he doesn’t know who the heck he is. Plainly said. Nintendo, in all their effort to make an OOT-inspired Zelda game, would never deliberately have Ganondorf ignore the friggin Hero of the game series for no good reason. That reason I have just offered.
What do you mean why doesn’t Ganondorf know?
Well, his being defeated by the Hero, Link, only happened in OOT’s future. This didn’t happen in young Link’s timeline. ‘Nuff said.
Back to the timeline. What is to come after TP?
OOT > MM >TP > FS > FSA
> ALTTP > LA > Oracles > LoZ > AoL
I’ve included FS between TP & FSA, since I believe FSA is a direct sequel to FS. I just played the story intro of FSA again and it states that many ages passed since the first imprisonment of Vaati (= TMC), and that Vaati had somehow freed himself and captured Princess Zelda not too long ago, making it possible for FS & FSA’s Link & Zelda to be the same people
. And even if a generation has passed, it would be the most logical choice as they even look very much alike (Zelda even has the same red ribbon in her hair), and they are very obviously already friends.
Kaepora Gaebora might prove problematic, but he really isn’t. You could say that FSA has to be not too long after OOT & MM because of the owl, but that’s not a valid argument. It is clear in FSA that the owl and Link have not met before
, so I couldn’t have been the same Link & Zelda from OOT & MM. It couldn’t be TP’s either, as Link’s much older there, and only gets to know Zelda when he’s an adult.
Furthermore, Kaepora Gaebora is the incarnation of a Sage
, and I suppose he could be around for all eternity if he wanted to. Regardless, even Tingle (or some form or incarnation of him) is in FSA, AND in OOA, and none of those games are close to each other in the timeline. So the appearance of such characters should not be taken as evidence.
OOT > MM > TP > FS > FSA > ALTTP > LA
> Oracles > LoZ > AoL
As to why FSA has to come before ALTTP, Ganondorf is still called ‘Ganondorf’ in FSA by the Gerudo’s, who have seen him on his way to the Desert Pyramid
. There he gets the Trident of Power, which he uses in ALTTP. So far so good.
LA has been stated to be the direct
sequel to ALTTP, so even though it could
theoretically fit almost anywhere, I think we should just keep it where it belongs. On any level, the death of Ganon
is mentioned, and this only happens in ALTTP [or LoZ, but that wouldn’t be possible as AoL is already the direct sequel to LoZ, causing the statement about Ganon just having died not to add up if you’d want to place LA after LoZ (or after LoZ & AoL)]. And for the record, Link did NOT get lost in his little raft ride from Eastern to Western Hyrule. Biggest BS story out there.
OOT > MM > TP > FS > FSA > ALTTP > LA > Oracles > LoZ > AoL
I’ve placed the Oracles after ALTTP (& LA), because Ganon completely
died in ALTTP. And at the end of the Oracles, Twinrova try to resurrect him with some elaborate ritual, which didn’t completely work, causing only Ganon’s power-hungry pig-form to be revived. Link then kills Ganon, but not completely like he did in ALTTP, TP & TWW, since there is no Master Sword. Since he can't truly be destroyed he can be revived.
This is further evidenced by LoZ, where we again see Ganon in his pig-form and it is stated that after Ganon leaves behind his ashes, only the blood of the Hero
is needed to spray on Ganon’s ashes for him to be revived. See also AoL, wherein Link’s dying directly causes the return of Ganon.
Did I just succeed in make everything sound easy? I hope so…