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"This icy force both foul and fair has a frozen heart worth mining."
— The ice harvesters describing their line of work


Ice harvesters
Ice harvesters
Biographical information

Gender

Male and female[1]

Age

Various; Kristoff is 21[2]

Home

Arendelle

Personal information

Allies

Kristoff, Sven, fjord horses

Abilities

Above average strength and endurance

Weapons

Saws, bars, pickaxes, tongs

Other information

Animated appearances

Frozen

Voiced by

Cast of Frozen
Jonathan Groff (Kristoff)

Book appearances

Frozen: Book of the Film
All Hail the Queen

The ice harvesters are a group of men and women[1] who harvest ice for selling throughout Arendelle.

History

The ice harvesters were active in Arendelle for hundreds of years.[3] During Agnarr's reign, they awoke early one morning to begin their harvesting and were accompanied by an eight-year-old[4] Kristoff and his reindeer, Sven. They worked until after sunset to load up as much ice as possible before returning back to Arendelle.

The ice harvesters received an ice engine from Oaken to help them cut ice.[5] Although the engine was useful, the ice harvesters still continued using conventional methods.

Job description

Equipment

The ice harvesters use a wide variety of tools in their enterprise. These include:

  • Long-bladed saws
  • Three-pronged bars (resemble pitchforks)
  • Pickaxes
  • Tongs (resemble pincers)
  • A pulley system

Techniques

Ice harvesters with ice blocks

Ice harvesters carry blocks of ice on their backs using tongs.

The ice harvesters are led by a foreman.[6] They begin by breaking up into teams that specialize in different parts of the harvesting process.[7]

Ice harvesters start their mining by making initial, parallel cuts through an ice sheet with saws. A second group of cuts is applied perpendicularly to the first to make block shapes. If the ice blocks are not yet freed, three-pronged bars can be used to separate the ice; additionally, they can be used to transport the blocks through the water. Tongs are used to lift the ice blocks out of the water; ice harvesters also use the tongs to carry ice blocks on their backs. Pickaxes can be used throughout the harvesting process to split ice blocks apart.

The harvested ice is then loaded onto a cart. As the cart's load increases, a pulley system is used to place new ice blocks on top of the previous load.

Ice harvesters employ fjord horses to not only pull their loads, but also to cut through the ice sheet by pulling saws attached to plows. However, Kristoff uses his reindeer to pull his load.

Personality

The ice harvesters understand the value of cooperation and work excellently as a team. They understand their individual roles and do their best to ensure that the group harvests as much ice as possible.

Abilities

All of the ice harvesters are exceptionally strong and able to endure the icy conditions in which they work. They can spend all day outside, returning home only when their carts are full.

Appearances

Animation

Books

Trivia

  • The ice harvesters dress in traditional Sami clothing.[4]
  • The ice harvesters proved very useful in installing Arendelle's new plumbing system and were the first to break ground.[8]
  • The ice harvesters are known for their singing.[9]
  • Oaken is an honorary ice worker.[10]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 All Hail the Queen, page 49 (E-book version).
  2. Lee, Jennifer (November 29, 2013). @tinyjellyrex he's 21.. Twitter. Retrieved on January 4, 2015.
  3. All Hail the Queen, page 50 (E-book version).
  4. 4.0 4.1 Lee, Jennifer (September 23, 2013). "Frozen Final Shooting Draft", page 1.
  5. The Great Ice Engine, page 82 (E-book version).
  6. All Hail the Queen, page 61 (E-book version).
  7. All Hail the Queen, page 50 (E-book version).
  8. All Hail the Queen, page 124 (E-book version).
  9. All Hail the Queen, page 59 (ebook version).
  10. The Great Ice Engine, page 83 (E-book version).

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