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Village in winter

The village was covered in ice and snow during Elsa's winter.

The village[1] is where the citizens of Arendelle live. It is located just outside of the castle gates, connected by a bridge.

History

On the day of Elsa's coronation, the village possessed a lively atmosphere due to the citizens eagerly awaiting the ascension of their new monarch. To honor the occasion, an elaborate maypole was erected in the center of the village square. Banners bearing Elsa's silhouette also decorated the area. Foreign guests like the Duke of Weselton and dignitaries arrived in Arendelle via ships, which were left moored at the docks located near the village.

However, celebrations were cut short by the revelation of Elsa's powers; as with the rest of the kingdom, the village was covered in ice and snow. Despite the severity of the conditions, activity levels in the village remained high, for the citizens worked to ensure they stayed warm by making fires. Hans also distributed cloaks and invited the citizens into the castle for shelter. When the winter's severity increased further, many of the citizens retreated indoors.

When Elsa finally attained control over her powers, she restored summer to Arendelle, causing the snow and ice in the village to melt away. With the fjord thawed, the guests who came to Arendelle to attend Elsa's coronation were able to board their ships and leave the kingdom.

Description

The village has three distinct sections: the village square, the residential area, and the docks. The square is an open area conducive for group gatherings and rests directly between the residential area and the docks. A series of brick steps leads down the square to the docks, which are constructed from wood. The residential area wraps around the square and consists of multiple houses. The houses gradually thin out with increasing proximity to the fjord.

There is also a clock tower located within the village. A staircase leads to the top of the tower, which contains the clock, as well as decorative statues. For Anna's nineteenth birthday, the statues on top of the tower were replaced with effigies of the royal sisters. At night, the clock's face is illuminated.

As a whole, one of the village's most striking features is its distinct lack of symmetry.[2]

Trivia

  • The lack of symmetry in the village is based on the real world setting of Balestrand.[2]

References

  1. Lee, Jennifer (September 23, 2013). "Frozen Final Shooting Draft", page 59.
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Art of Frozen, page 36.

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