Due to the unstable nature of Elsa's magic, the late king ordered the castle gates to be closed in the dual interests of protecting his people from Elsa's magic and to shield her from their possible persecution. On the day of Elsa's coronation, when her magical abilities were exposed to the public, Elsa ran away and unintentionally triggered severe winter weather conditions that froze the kingdom. While Elsa was gone and Anna searched for her, Hans bore the task of protecting the kingdom. Ultimately, Anna's efforts and love for her sister provided Elsa with the knowledge necessary to control her winter magic and thus undo the spell of eternal winter plaguing Arendelle.
The official crest of Arendelle is the crocus, which has a ubiquitous presence on banners, capes, uniforms, wallpaper, and jewelry. The colors green and purple, and to a lesser extent, yellow, are also featured. Official designs usually have a golden-yellow crocus with three petals and two leaves emblazoned upon a split background featuring purple on the left and green on the right.
Arendelle is located on a fjord, making it a viable trading center. Its human population is densely concentrated within the castle perimeter, although there is minor human activity in the forests surrounding the town.
There are also non-human populations, such as animals in the forest and trolls in the Valley of the Living Rock. In addition to the fjord and forest area, Arendelle is also in the vicinity of mountains, the most prominent being the imposing North Mountain.
The kingdom is subject to the succession of seasons, having both warm summers and frigid winters. In the winter, there is a noticeable decrease in plant life and animal activity. However, in the summer, Arendelle's flora flourishes, with lush vegetation covering the cliff sides and flowers growing plentifully.
Arendelle is also in a position that is conducive for observing the aurora borealis.
Government System: Monarchy
Head of State: Monarch
Religious Authority: Bishop
Arendelle is a small kingdom ruled by a monarch. At the time of her twenty-first birthday, Elsa was coronated as Queen of Arendelle, succeeding her father, King Agdar, as the ruler of the kingdom. Following her sister's temporary abdication of the throne, Anna was in control and was capable of placing Prince Hans in charge while she departed to retrieve Elsa.
Arendelle's monarch possesses significant political power across Arendelle, and is able to almost unilaterally make decisions regarding the kingdom. The reigning monarch has full control over economic affairs, and is also able to appoint officials and create new positions.
Though the Bishop does not appear to hold any direct political power, he is responsible for heading the coronation ceremony and thus, he bears the responsibility of bestowing the right to rule upon an individual. The coronation ceremony is a very symbolic event in which the prospective monarch must grasp Arendelle's regalia and face their subjects while the Bishop ordains the new monarch in Old Norse.
Places of interest
- Arendelle castle: Home of the royal family of Arendelle.
- Arendelle chapel: This was where Elsa is crowned as the new queen of Arendelle.
- Elsa's ice palace: Freely expressing her feelings with her ice powers, Elsa created her ice castle after her self-imposed exile.
- Forest: The forest outside of the village is inhabited by wolves and other animals. It is also where Wandering Oaken's Trading Post and Sauna can be found. Anna journeyed into the forest to find Elsa, only to lose her horse and end up at Wandering Oaken's Trading Post and Sauna.
- Ice fields: The frozen lakes where the ice harvesters, including Kristoff, work.
- North Mountain: Where Elsa went after her self-imposed exile and created an ice palace. Also where Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven went to find Elsa so she could bring back summer.
- Valley of the Living Rock: The large valley home of the trolls.
- Village: The village outside the castle gates. It is where the citizens of Arendelle live.
- Arendelle's appearance was based on the Norwegian villages of Balestrand and Bergen.
- The name 'Arendelle' is based on the Norwegian town of Arendal, located southwest of the Norwegian capital, Oslo.
- The crocus is a symbol of rebirth and spring. In colder regions, the flower bursts forth while snow is still on the ground.
- Arendelle's crest can be seen during the credits. It appears during the "Cast" section.
- The decorative designs emblazoned throughout the architecture in Arendelle was based on the actual Norwegian concept of rosemaling. Rosemaling is a Norwegian folk art that focuses on using stylized flower ornamentation. This flower motif also presents itself on clothing (i.e. Anna and Elsa's coronation attire) and it even extends to Elsa's magic.