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    Queen Elsa
    "'♫Let it go, let it go, can't hold it back anymore...♫"
    Gender: Female
    Type: Tragic Musical Queen
    Age: 21 (Frozen)
    24 (Frozen II)
    Species: Human
    Portrayed by: Idina Menzel
    Eva Bella (8 years old; Frozen)
    Spencer Lacey Ganus (12 years old; Frozen)
    Danielle Bisutti (Disney Dreamlight Valley)
    Mattea Conforti (8 years old; Frozen 2)
    Georgina Haig (Once Upon a Time)
    Caissie Levy (musical; debut)
    Status: Alive
    Media of origin: Frozen


    Elsa the Snow Queen is one of the protagonists of the Frozen franchise. Born with the power of ice and snow, Elsa is the firstborn daughter of King Agnarr and Queen Iduna, the older sister of Queen Anna, and the former queen of Arendelle. Throughout most of her young life, Elsa feared that her powers were monstrous. Therefore, she isolated herself from the world as a means of protecting her family and kingdom. Elsa's anxieties would eventually trigger a curse that plunged Arendelle into an eternal winter. Through Anna's love, however, Elsa was able to control her powers and live peacefully amongst her people with a newfound self-confidence.

    Three years into her reign, Elsa is called forth to Ahtohallan to assume her rightful place as the Fifth Spirit of the Enchanted Forest, whose purpose is to bridge the magic of nature and people. She thereby abdicates the throne, allowing Anna to rise as the new queen of Arendelle.

    Elsa is loosely based on the titular character of "The Snow Queen", a fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. Though pivotal to its events, the character had little presence in the original story. The Disney adaptation expanded the Snow Queen to serve as a villain initially, but the advent of "Let It Go" inspired the filmmakers to rewrite the character as a tragic heroine.

    She's voiced by Idina Menzel, who also provides her singing voice.

    Background

    Official Description

    From the outside, Elsa looks poised, regal, and reserved, but in reality, she lives in fear as she wrestles with a mighty secret - she was born with the power to create ice and snow. It's a beautiful ability, but also extremely dangerous. Haunted by the moment her magic nearly killed her younger sister Anna, Elsa has isolated herself, spending every waking minute trying to suppress her growing powers. Her mounting emotions trigger the magic, accidentally setting off an eternal winter that she can't stop. She fears she's becoming a monster and that no one, not even her sister, can help her.

    Development

    After the success of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1938, Walt Disney sought out new fairytales to serve as the basis for future productions. Marc Davis, one of Disney's key animators, traveled to Scandinavia on Walt's orders to research the region's books and stories. Davis was enraptured by the tales of Hans Christian Andersen and proposed they be adapted to animated shorts at the studio. Walt Disney's adaptation of The Snow Queen was given a production number in 1939. There were talks regarding a live-action biography of Hans Christian Andersen, which would have featured animated segments based on his works. It is believed by historians that The Snow Queen was intended to be one of the project's animated sequences, but there is no evidence of creative work for the proposed feature.

    In Hans Christian Andersen's original story, the Snow Queen abducts a young boy named Kai, who had fallen victim to the machinations of an evil mirror. The Queen promises to break the mirror's spell if Kai can spell "eternity" with pieces of ice in her palace. Kai's disappearance leads his childhood friend, Gerda, to embark on a quest to find him. In the tale, the Snow Queen resides in an ice palace coated in permafrost and guarded by such animals as polar bears and porcupines.

    Disney's decades-long efforts to adapt The Snow Queen generally shared a common thread of trying to find a way to expand on the role of the title character and make her a more active presence in the story. A common theme in adaptation attempts in the late 1990s and early 2000s was to reconfigure the story into a romantic comedy about the Snow Queen's ice-cold heart-melting as she learns to love. One of these attempts almost went as far as to pair an aged-up Kai with the Snow Queen while vilifying Gerda.

    A common consensus was that Disney's iteration of the Snow Queen would be portrayed as a villain. Early concept art and visual development depicted the character—eventually named Elsa—as being a ruthless, bitter, cold-hearted tyrant who had an entire army of giant snowmen as henchmen. Designs for this version of Elsa resembled such figures as actress Bette Midler and the late singer Amy Winehouse. These designs depicted Elsa with spiky black or dark blue hair (and even blue-gray skin), a more angular body (as opposed to the final, heroic Elsa's curvaceous body) and a constantly malicious smile. Some concept art depicted her with a group of pet ermines who scurried up and down her body and formed themselves into a cloak for her.

    Instead of being fearful and insecure about not wanting to reveal her powers, Elsa would have been very hostile and bitter toward others, especially Anna, whom she was incredibly jealous of because of the royal status she held. According to songwriter Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Elsa's original motivation throughout the film was to freeze Anna's heart and take over the kingdom. As stated by producer Peter Del Vecho in a 2017 interview, Elsa was originally unrelated to Anna, and she was originally a scorned woman who was left single by her would-be fiancé at her own wedding day and froze her own heart in order to never love again. She would have been misunderstood as "Arendelle's bane" in the original prophecy and would have redeemed herself at the last minute to save all of Arendelle from an avalanche caused by Prince Hans (the real bane of Arendelle in the prophecy).

    Despite these developments, there were still concerns that the Elsa character was cliché and unlikeable. According to Del Vecho, there was no emotional connection to Elsa, which ultimately made for a dissatisfying story. Someone on the writing team proposed rewriting Elsa and Anna as siblings. In doing so, the filmmakers found their emotional hook. Del Vecho explained, "Making them related led us to the idea of her living in fear of her powers. What if she's afraid of who she is? And afraid of hurting the ones she loves? Now we had a character in Anna who was all about love and Elsa who was all about fear."

    Elsa became increasingly sympathetic as development continued. Regardless, she was still largely conceived as a villain, albeit three-dimensional. Songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez were penned to write the songs for the film. Among the soundtrack was a "villain song" for Elsa, in which she forgoes her personal connections for the sake of embracing her true-self as the Snow Queen. As the songwriters delved into Elsas personal turmoil, they felt an empathy for the character that drove them to compose a song that was tragic, yet empowering. Within a day and a half, the Lopez couple wrote "Let It Go" as Elsa's anthem, and sent the demo to the studio. The song was praised, and inspired co-director and screenwriter Jennifer Lee to rewrite the entire movie with Elsa as a heroine, rather than an antagonist.

    Lee would explain that Elsa is largely driven by fear throughout the film. Producers identified the scene in which Elsa sings "Let It Go" as a pivotal point in the character's development, as the scene depicts her choice to "let go" of her fear of using her powers and be herself. Character design supervisor Bill Schwab said, "Before 'Let It Go', Elsa is really buttoned up, her hair is up - everything is perfect. During the song, she gives herself permission to be who she is and everything changes - her hair is wilder, her gown is magical. She's finally free - even if she is all alone." Lead writer Paul Briggs explained that Anna's support is what Elsa needs most when her secret is exposed. "The strength of the family bond is what makes this story so powerful because it's her sibling who's willing to look beyond her powers and stand between her and the world if that's what it takes."

    Voice

    Actress and singer Megan Mullally was originally cast to voice Elsa, but was replaced by Broadway actress Idina Menzel, best known for performing Elphaba from Wicked when the story changed. Menzel had previously auditioned for a lead role in the 2010 Disney animated feature film, Tangled. She was not cast for the part, but the casting director recorded her singing and later showed the recording to Frozen's film executives. Menzel was surprised when she was subsequently asked to audition, and she received the role after reading the script out loud.

    Director Chris Buck believed that Menzel's vocals would help in the portrayal of the character, saying, "Idina has a sense of vulnerability in her voice. She plays a very strong character, but someone who lives in fear - so we needed someone who could portray both sides of the character, and Idina was just amazing."

    In an interview with Menzel, she acknowledged the similarities between Elsa and Elphaba. She mentioned they were both very powerful and misunderstood individuals, and she herself could relate to the characters, having hidden her singing talent from her peers at school. "I didn't want to alienate anyone," she explained. "If everyone was singing along in the car to a Madonna song, I didn't join in because when we're younger we're afraid of sticking out or showing off when in fact we should own those things that make us really unique."

    Personality

    As the queen regnant of the kingdom of Arendelle, Elsa appears calm, reserved, regal and - unlike her sister - graceful and poised. Beneath this cool and collected appearance, however, Elsa is quite turbulent; in truth, the Snow Queen was, for a majority of her young life, troubled by her abilities, a feeling which stems from a traumatic incident as a child. When she was younger, she had cared strongly for Anna and, despite being the more mature and cautious of the two sisters, Elsa was still quite playful and used her magic to have fun and goof off.

    However, after witnessing her magic cause her sister harm, Elsa lived in fear and trauma for a great amount of her life as she became too terrified to let her powers overdevelop. She consequently chose isolation from everyone she cared for, including Anna, out of the presumption that her isolation would protect them from her power. This would eventually result in years of loneliness, misery, bitterness, and grief. Regret would gradually take its toll on her when tragedies struck throughout her life, from the accident with her sister to the death of her parents, leaving them both to mourn and grieve alone.

    Elsa's damaging experience through the crucial stages from childhood to adulthood caused her personality to shift. She became reclusive, insecure, emotionally unstable, anxious, and depressed. For Elsa, her powers and nature grew more restrained as the years passed, slowly molding her into the cold-hearted queen others saw her to be. However, when given a chance to rest and relent, Elsa's true, warm, kind, fun-loving, and innocently mischievous personality came about - but only briefly and with restriction, as seen on the night of her coronation.

    Elsa also has a generous disposition that contributes to her compassion towards her people. Throughout the film's entirety, the Snow Queen's actions are driven by the desire to protect her kingdom, and more intimately, Anna. Unfortunately, that comes with a price, as Elsa's upbringing would lead her to believe that, for the safety of her loved ones and for the sake of remaining true to who she is as a gifted person, she is a living disaster that must be removed from society. Even with Anna's persistence to help end the curse, Elsa's method of solving the problem - enforced isolation - would remain prevalent. Her determination to solve her problems through singularity is Elsa's greatest flaw, driven by her anxiety and traumatic childhood experiences.

    Though a benevolent and giving person, Elsa suffers from emotional instability due to years of keeping her emotions bottled up. When her strong emotions are triggered, Elsa often loses control over her emotions which can create dangerous situations for herself and others around her. An example of this is when Anna informed her that she had unknowingly plunged Arendelle into an "eternal winter", she began panicking as she realized she had brought harm upon her kingdom, which made her lose control of both her emotions and powers, resulting in ice bursting from her chest and striking Anna in the heart. But perhaps the prime example of this was when the Duke of Weselton's guards attempted to assassinate her and Elsa realizes she has no choice but to fight back, and, unable to control her fury, goes from self-defense to fighting back more aggressively, nearly pushing a man off the edge of her ice palace and pinning another to the wall with icicles, ready to kill him before Hans intervened and talked her down from committing cold-blooded murder to protect herself.

    During "Let It Go", however, Elsa reveals a liberated side to her personality. Without stress, responsibilities, or the fear of hurting others, the queen is strong and unafraid, yet with an air of elegance still surrounding her. Based on this fact, she has confidence in her abilities and accepts them as a part of her, no longer worried or daunted by her restraints. In the segment, which was entirely about letting go of her fear of using her powers and embracing herself, Elsa decides to abandon what she was made to be so that she can be free to be herself. While expressing this, Elsa proves that she is notably creative and strong in geometry (her ice palace is made entirely out of geometric figures) and a daring young woman willing to reject her own fate as Arendelle's queen for the choice of her own personal freedom as well as to protect the people in Arendelle from her powers.

    Following her return to power as Arendelle's reigning monarch, Elsa's original personality, long dormant since her childhood, makes a return. With a warm, welcoming aura, Elsa rules her kingdom with a genuine smile and spends most of her spare time using her abilities for the pleasure of herself, her sister, and the entire kingdom. As seen in Frozen Fever, this aspect of Elsa's personality has not only remained, but strengthened, as the short heavily showcased Elsa's lighter side as fun-loving, and extremely devoted to her sister, yet retained her sense of elegance, vibrancy, and compassion. In spite of this, Elsa continues to feel guilt for the past, which manifests itself into a personal mission to ensure that Anna is content at all times; in Frozen Fever, she goes to great lengths to give Anna a memorable birthday and is dedicated to ensuring that even the slightest detail is perfect. During their first holiday season as a united family, Elsa comes to realize that she and Anna have no family traditions to share with one another, for which she openly blames herself. However, she later realizes that her and Anna's childhood memories of creating Olaf are her family's traditions as Anna keeps giving Elsa Christmas gifts based on Olaf which reminds her and Anna of their happy childhood and how much they still love each other.

    In the sequel, Elsa seeks the truth about the source of her powers as well as who she really is. She begins to question her place in Arendelle as Ahtohallan calls for her every night until she answers it during "Into the Unknown". Upon entering the Enchanted Forest, Elsa becomes more confident with her abilities and heroic, protecting her family and the Northuldra from the Wind and Fire Spirits. She has since become more heroic, promising the Northuldra that she will do what she can to break the curse and free the forest. This drives her to seek the truth of the past by journeying to Ahtohallan despite the dangers it presented, as well as great strength and determination in fighting and taming the Nokk. After witnessing their parents' deaths through a memory stored in ice, Elsa blames herself and refuses to let Anna follow her into the Dark Sea. She finally finds Ahtohallan and recognizes herself as the Fifth Spirit, recognizing that her powers were indeed a gift and not a curse, no longer feeling restricted in using her powers. Having found her place among the spirits, she passes the position of Queen of Arendelle onto Anna and stays behind to live with the Northuldra as the forest's protector, finally at peace with herself and with both the freedom she's always wanted and her bond with her sister stronger than ever.

    Why She Lets It Go

    1. She is one of the very few Disney heroines/princesses/queens not to have a love interest and is a strong, independent woman, alongside Princess Mérida from Pixar's Brave.
    2. She has the power to create snow, storms, and ice, which leads to the film's plot.
    3. She's also one of the very few Disney characters in any form of royalty to have special powers.
    4. She's shown to go through some major character development, as shown in the first film and the teaser trailer for the sequel.
    5. Her song, "Let It Go", in the first film, is spot-on and shows how much she no longer needs to hide her powers from the world.
    6. Her song in the sequel, "Into the Unknown", is just as amazing, if not a whole lot better.
    7. Her design looks pretty and attractive and fits her personality very well.
    8. She's Anna's caring older sister and can sometimes serve as a voice of reason to her.
    9. She has shown to be a popular character among thousands upon thousands of fans and viewers.
    10. Idina Menzel does an amazing job voicing and singing for her.
    11. She has found a way to accept herself and see her powers as a good thing, not a burden.
    12. She has fully embraced herself and is willing to learn more about herself as shown in Frozen II.
    13. In the aforementioned film, she's revealed to be the fifth spirit of the Enchanted Forest, which is one of the main things that hints at her mysterious powers.
    14. In Frozen II, she is the only character who wasn't flanderized, especially compares o Elsa

    The Only Concealed Quality

    1. She can be a bit melodramatic in the first movie, given how she told Anna to leave Arendelle because she wanted to marry Hans and ran away because Anna wanted her to explain why she shuts everyone down, though she can be justified in this, given how she barely knows him and turned out to be a power-hungry usurper that cared about himself, and because people judged her for her powers.

    Trivia

    • According to Jennifer Lee, The Essential Guide, and the junior novelization, Elsa is 21 years old by the time of her coronation, and the age difference between her and Anna is approximately 3.5 years (Anna is 18 years old during the coronation).
      • According to Jennifer Lee, Elsa was born on the Winter Solstice and at 9:33 AM. Given that the film takes place in July, Elsa would have turned 22 by winter. The map briefly shown in Frozen Fever suggests that the short took place in 1840, ergo Frozen took place in July 1839 (hence Oaken's statement, "A real howler in July, yes?"). Since Elsa was 21 years old during Frozen, then her birth year must have been 1817. And since she was born on the Winter Solstice, then she was born on December 22, 1817, since that is when the winter solstice occurred in that year in Norway. Her birthday is not celebrated on the Winter Solstice every year, necessarily, as that date differs. But she was born on the day that the Winter Solstice happened for that specific year. This birthday post by Disney was shared on December 22, 2015. Another one was shared on December 21, 2022.
      • Also, Frozen Fever confirms Anna's birthday to be a year after the film, and the potential year it takes place (1840), indicating that Elsa should have turned 23 that December, and been 22 during the events of Frozen Fever.
    • Elsa's name (a variant of Elizabeth) is Germanic for "noble". It could also be a reference to Eliza, the heroine of another Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale, The Wild Swans.
      • Elizabeth, derived from a form of the Hebrew name Elisheva (אֱלִישֶׁבַע), meaning "My God is an oath"; in a round-about way, Elsa's name can also mean "promise", as well as "noble".
    • Elsa was alluded to in Sofia the First episode "Winter's Gift" by Winter when she talks about a princess who makes ice. She is also directly mentioned by Olaf in "The Secret Library: Olaf and the Tale of Miss Nettle".
    • Elsa is very fond of chocolate, a trait she shares with Anna.
    • Another early draft made note of Elsa being the "heir" and Anna the "spare" ("More Than Just the Spare").
    • Frozen writer Jennifer Lee once made a tweet jokingly suggesting that Elsa and Wreck-It Ralph would make a good couple during the 2013 D23 Expo. As a nod to that, in Disney Infinity, if Ralph and Elsa are introduced to one another, Ralph will tell Elsa that she's "really pretty", and Elsa will reply "And you have a warm heart."
    • It is stated in the book A Sister More Like Me that Elsa loves geometry. This is shown when she uses her knowledge of geometry to create her ice palace, and the book describes her snow designs as 'fractals'; an advanced geometry concept for the time period.
    • Elsa originally wears her hair with a braid as a child, symbolizing her carefree and innocent personality. While growing up, Elsa wears her hair in a bun, showing her confinement, isolation, and repression of her true self, including her magic. When she embraces her powers again after running away, she wears her hair in a braid again, which reflects her newfound freedom to be who she is without hiding her powers. In Frozen II, Elsa continues to wear her hair in the braid until right before she crosses the Dark Sea, when she pulls her hair up into a ponytail. This represents her becoming more free and confident in herself. Upon reaching Ahtohallan, Elsa pulls her hair from the ponytail, letting it flow loose and completely free, as a reflection of her discovering her true calling in life and gaining total acceptance of herself.
    • According to Jennifer Lee, even though the reason for Elsa's ice magic is never explained except for a mention that she was simply born with it, early drafts of Frozen hinted that the source of the magic may have been caused by a 1000-year alignment between Saturn and other distant planets like Uranus, Neptune, dwarf planets like Pluto, etc. The sequel provides a definitive answer, however.
    • Idina Menzel had previously auditioned for the role of Rapunzel in Tangled. Although she did not get the part, a Disney casting director recorded her voice, and it got her the part of Elsa two years later. Coincidentally, Kristen Bell, who voices Anna, also auditioned for the role of Rapunzel.
    • In the trailer (especially in the Japanese version), there are some scenes that did not appear in the movie that was meant to give audiences the illusion that Elsa was the villain. For example, the scene where she fires her magic from the top of the mountain at the camera does not appear in the film, in order to make it look like Elsa was cursing the kingdom and the scene where Anna is in a monstrous blizzard yelling to Kristoff, "That's no blizzard, that's my sister!" The camera pans over to Elsa, who is using her magic in order to make it seem like she was trying to harm Anna. These two scenes actually come from test animation of the scene where Anna and Kristoff jump off the cliff to escape Marshmallow, in which Anna was depicted as scared to jump off the cliff, and Marshmallow was actively trying to kill Anna and Kristoff instead of simply trying to scare them off.
    • Originally when Anna wanted to marry Hans, Elsa scolds her and says "I may not be our mother, but I am still the queen", to which Anna responds "You're a mean queen!" This line was removed, as it would have defeated the purpose of Elsa's inner vulnerability, as she was not afraid of pulling rank on others.
    • While Anna's clothes remain brightly colored even into adulthood, Elsa's clothes noticeably become darker, duller, and more restraining as she gradually becomes an adult (possibly to exploit her isolation from her subjects and especially Anna), but she starts wearing lighter-colored clothing after singing "Let It Go".
    • In the beginning, Elsa wears gloves to hide her powers, but when she embraces her powers, she removes them. This is indicative of the symbolism of "the gloves coming off" - a person shows their true colors when they aren't wearing gloves.
    • According to the book Across the Sea, one of Elsa's recurring sources of amusement is Anna's condescending imitations of the Duke of Weselton.
    • In Zootopia, a little elephant girl wearing an outfit resembling Elsa's 'Snow Queen' gown can be seen wandering around in Tundratown.
    • Elsa weighed seven pounds when she was born.
    • During renovations of the Walt Disney Animation Studios building, beginning in 2014, Elsa was one of the character silhouettes featured on the wall mural.
    • Elsa's line when disapproving of Anna and Hans' instant marriage "You can't marry a man you just met" is a reference to the Disney Princess franchise, and a direct joke/jab at the Disney princesses created before Merida often marrying their respective love interests not too long after they first met them, specifically the earlier Disney princesses such as Cinderella, Snow White, Aurora and Ariel.
      • Ironically, Nancy Tremaine, a character from Enchanted which Idina Menzel (Elsa's voice actress) previously portrayed, did marry a man whom she just met at the end of said film.
      • Since the original film's release, Elsa's line "You can't marry a man you just met" has become an extremely popular internet meme.
    • Elsa might suffer from a combination of post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive–compulsive disorder. This is seen when Anna tries to convince her that they can be as close as they were when they were kids. Although Elsa was tempted by the idea, she becomes frightened after having a flashback of the night she'd accidentally hurt her sister with her powers. Elsa also goes to great lengths to try to not hurt anyone else with her powers, as she does not yet know how to strike other people in the head without knocking them unconscious, or strike them in the chest without freezing their hearts. It has also been suggested that she may suffer from bipolar disorder and/or agoraphobia. The first case of PTSD could have possibly been Simba.
    • Since Elsa did not have her official coronation as Queen until around three years after her parents died, it is unknown who served as Arendelle's regent during the period of time that interceded the death of her parents and her coronation. Although historically, the next heir becomes ruler after the death of their parent, so although Elsa didn't have her official coronation until later, she may have still technically been ruler during those three years.
      • Jennifer Lee said the film was originally going to include a supporting character who served as Arendelle's regent before Elsa had her coronation, but he was cut for time.
      • In the A Twisted Tale book Conceal, Don't Feel, which shows an alternate take on events where Elsa and Anna had their memories of each other erased and grew up separately, a Lord named Peterssen would handle affairs with Elsa until she was old enough to rule alone, so it's possible something similar happened in the film.
    • According to Elsa and confirmed by Jennifer Lee, Anna and Elsa both serve as the fifth spirit because "a bridge has two sides". While Elsa can be regarded as the "official" fifth spirit, it is her close bond to Anna that unites the Enchanted Forest and Arendelle, specifically with Anna becoming Queen and Elsa staying as the Forest's guardian. This is also supported by the fact that Elsa and Anna were both required to lift the curse, Elsa by discovering the truth and Anna by getting the earth giants to destroy the dam. Having said that, Elsa is more in-tune with the "magical" aspect of the fifth spirit as she was the only one who was able to hear Ahtohallan's calls.
      • Ironically, however, it was Anna who broke the curse over the forest while it was Elsa who saved Arendelle.
    • Elsa has never been called the "Snow Queen" on screen, but has been called as such by the filmmakers and in merchandise, such as The Art of Frozen and the novelizations.
      • After the first movie, merchandise refers to her as "Queen Elsa". After Frozen II, however, she is called "Snow Queen Elsa".
    • All three of Elsa's main songs, those being "Let It Go", "Into the Unknown", and "Show Yourself", take place at night.
    • In the "Five-Minute Sleepy Time Stories" segment "Frozen II: Family Game Night" Elsa is shown to be good at the game freeze tag because her power gives her the ability to "catch" multiple people at once.
    • In Frozen II, Elsa is shown to be bad at charades. Jennifer Lee states that this is because she is still shy and has trouble coming out of her shell at the time. But in the comic story "A Special Charade", which takes place after the movie, Elsa is shown to be able to play the game more fluently, signifying how much living in the forest has helped her.
    • Elsa never wears her Snow Queen dress from the original Frozen in Frozen II, but can be seen wearing that dress in a portrait during the song "Into the Unknown", as well as in some memories in Ahtohallan.
    • Elsa is indirectly mentioned in Myth: A Frozen Tale by her nickname the "Fifth Spirit" which is also called the "Human Spirit".
    • In the opening of Frozen II, Elsa's necklace has crystal pieces. This could be a reference to the spirits of the Enchanted Forest and a foreshadowing of her role as one and connection to them as being the bridge between spirits and humans.
    • In the Once Upon a Time episode "Beauty", Lucy managed to give Ivy the slip by putting a paper bag over a kid dressed up like Elsa's head.
    • As of the events in Frozen II, Elsa has more animal companions than her sister Anna.
    • Elsa's royal title after abdication, if any, has been a subject of debate since the ending of Frozen II. Throughout various comics and stories, Elsa is still addressed as Queen Elsa and Your Majesty by the Arendellians out of respect. She has become famously known as the Snow Queen in-universe.
      • Historically, when a monarch abdicates they give up all their royal titles. Hence in Elsa's story in "Tales of Courage and Kindness" Elsa is simply called "Elsa" in her opening sentence. As opposed to Anna being addressed as "Queen Anna of Arendelle". Though Elsa is nicknamed the Snow Queen in her introductory paragraph.
      • In Polar Nights she is addressed as Queen Elsa by both Arendellians and other royals. With both her and Anna being introduced as the queens of Arendelle. She is also known famously as the Snow Queen.
      • In the Forces of Nature podcasts she is referred to as both.
      • Anna's dialogue from the story "Cold Secrets Deep Down" in "All Is Found: A Frozen Anthology" reveals that Elsa officially went back to being a princess of Arendelle after her abdication. It also reveals that Elsa sometimes joins Anna on her overseas meetings and wears a tiara much smaller than Anna's when she does so. In this story she is addressed as "Your Highness" to signify her lower status than Anna (who is addressed as Your Majesty). Though Elsa is often called Queen Elsa and your majesty by others throughout the rest of the stories that take place after Frozen II. The engagement party invitation for Kristoff and Anna also addresses her as Queen Elsa. It should be noted that each story has a different author.
    • In Forest of Shadows, Elsa doesn't have nightmares due to her ability to control her emotions. The only exception was a nightmare when she was eight years old, which caused her to unintentionally freeze her entire room and turn it into a winter landscape. This is what motivated her parents to teach her a trick to suppress nightmares which accidentally created a Nattmara.
      • However, in a short comic "Restless Week", Elsa had nightmares for an entire week due to being overworked. Such also left the area around her bed covered in icicles.
      • In "Elsa and the Frost Monster" from "All Is Found: A Frozen Anthology" Elsa had a nightmare about a month after her coronation.
    • Elsa and Anna have short stories included in the Tales of Courage and Kindness Disney Princess collection.
    • In Polar Nights, it is revealed that her role in the Enchanted Forest is as a memory keeper and she lives in Ahtohallan. By this time, she has also gained the ability to show people her own memories using her magic and extract memories from Ahtohallan (albeit with difficulty). It is also revealed that Elsa visits Arendelle every Friday for family game night and she exchanges letters with Anna through Gale every day. Anna also visits the forest whenever she can and Elsa sometimes takes "holidays" in Arendelle. Elsa also still uses the bedroom that she used when she was queen, which was her parents' old room.
    • Elsa's favorite flower is purple heather.
    • According to the book Conceal, Don't Feel (A Twisted Tale), Elsa feels a tingling sensation in her fingertips every time she uses her magic.

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