“In her waters, deep and true
Lie the answers and a path for you
Dive down deep into her sound
But not too far or you’ll be drowned”
Well, this one definitely got away from me a little bit…
The day starts at dawn. Not with an alarm, but nevertheless, like clockwork–
“Ouch! Ah, jeez–”
Kristoff opens an eye to watch Anna hop around on one foot, holding her stubbed toe in both hands as she inhales sharply and tries to keep from crying out any further.
“Did you kick the chair again?”
Realizing she has an audience, Anna puts her foot down and attempts to look regal and put-together. It’s a losing battle; her hair is all over the place and there’s still a bit of drool on her chin. It’s adorable.
“…No? Sorry, I didn’t mean to wake you.”
“I keep telling you to move it.”
She shakes her head. He watches as she brushes out her tangles and ties her hair in a bun–as his wife fades to the background and the queen emerges in her stead. “If I move it Olaf can’t climb up to read us a bedtime story, and you know how much he loves that. It’s too heavy for him to move by himself.”
“We could always move it after he’s done.”
“Well then I’m comfy and I don’t want to leave bed.”
“I could move it.”
She smiles at him, winsome. “The bed’s comfy because you’re in it.”
He sees his chance and gives it his best shot–lifts up the covers to show his bare chest; the inviting spot on her side of the bed she’s just vacated. “I’m still in it now, y'know.”
Her nose scrunches as her face can’t decide whether to be playfully disapproving or to flirt right back. “You’re a terrible influence, Kristoff Bjorgman.”
“Yes, but I’m your terrible influence.”
Unable to suppress her grin at him any longer, she leans over the aforementioned chair just long enough to peck him on the lips, then disappears behind her privacy screen to change.
“What’s on the docket today?” he asks. On the other side of the divider, the vague outline of her silhouette disappears under layers of fabric.
“Oh, um. Open petitions this morning, and then a sit-down with the Stonecutter’s Guild. I guess some of the young apprentices are freaked out ever since meeting the Earth Giants because they’re worried all rocks have feelings? Which: they might, honestly. I’m going to have to ask Elsa–remind me to send her a note before breakfast, okay? Oh, and then tonight is the solstice pageant.”
“Can’t forget that.”
“Don’t be mean!”
“I’m not,” he laughs. “I’m genuinely looking forward to it.”
Queen Anna emerges from the other side of the wardrobe. “Well, good. Alright, I’ve got to check in with the castle staff and get my day going. I’ll see you downstairs?”
In a Podcast interview, Jennifer Lee said that she thinks Elsa and Anna are both the Fifth Spirit.
A bridge has two sides as emphasized in the movie. And those two sides are Elsa and Anna.
Elsa was written as a mythic character, and Anna, a fairy tale character. These two tropes have different fates and outcomes. Mythic characters are usually doomed to tragedy and isolation, while fairy tale characters get their happy endings after resolving the conflict that they’re dealing with.
The beauty of Frozen 2 is this: the story was able to fulfill both characters’ development and arc without compromising and cutting off their bond and relationship. In fact, their sisterhood is stronger more than ever.
Elsa, the mythic character and the introvert, found her freedom and she’s no longer bound to fulfill the role that was forced on her at such a young age. She’s no longer hiding, and she’s not apologizing for her powers and who she is. Not anymore. She’s free to live as she is WITHOUT losing her sister and her access to her home in Arendelle.
Anna, the fairy tale character and the extrovert, found her purpose by stepping up by being a queen. She’s a people’s person. She knows the ins and outs of Arendelle, she knows people by name, she knows their history (she even knows Matthias’ love interest, where she lives, and if she’s married or not), and she’s a courageous leader who knows when to step up and step down when needed. She was born for this and she’s also of age unlike Elsa who started her reign when she was merely a teenager, grieving her parents’ deaths and broken relationship with Anna, and paralyzed by fear and anxiety.
Anna is fully equipped to rule. She’s wiser, stronger, and she’s a gracious leader who knows she’ll always have her family with her no matter what happens.
Elsa is also 24. And for once, she can make her own choices without being bound to fear. Handing the throne to Anna wasn’t a one-sided decision.
Both girls did what was best for the kingdom and for each other… and themselves.
I don’t think Elsa is a deity. She was born from human parents, and her sister is just as human as she is. I think it’s beautiful how the power of the human heart is emphasized in both movies… that’s what makes Elsa and Anna both memorable and tangible characters.
I agree with Jenn Lee. I think Elsa and Anna are the Fifth Spirit. A bridge has two sides.
I just saw Frozen 2!! Absolutely spectacular!!
And I was having a conversation with the lovely @whitehareknits and I learned about “kulning”
An ancient Swedish cattle call that the milkmaids would use to call in the herd.
It’s like a sirens call.
This is what Elsa was hearing!!The Siren call!
I’M ABSOLUTELY BLOWN AWAY!!!!
This is so cool!! That it’s a real thing!!!
A Nordic Tradition!!! 💗💗💗AMAZING!!!