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The King and Queen of Arendelle
Background information
Feature films Frozen
Television programs
Video games
Park attractions
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Animators
Voice The King: Maurice LaMarche
The Queen: Jennifer Lee
Performance model
Designer
Inspiration
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name Agðar/Agdar (King)
Iðunn/Idun (Queen)
Other names
Personality Kind, loving, fearful
Appearance
Nationality
Species
Birthday
Occupation Rulers of Arendelle
Alignment Good
Affiliations
Goal To protect their daughters as well as their kingdom
Home Arendelle Castle
Relatives Elsa (elder daughter)
Anna (younger daughter)
Pets
Allies Pabbie
Minions Kai and Gerda, the other castle servants, the Castle Guards
Enemies
Likes
Dislikes
Powers and abilities
Weapons
Fate Died during a storm while at sea
Quote Queen: "She's ice cold!"
King: "Conceal it, don't feel it, don't let it show."

The King and Queen of Arendelle are minor characters in the 2013 Disney animated film Frozen. They are the parents of Elsa and Anna and were the rulers of Arendelle until their deaths.

Names

Their names are not on the film's credits, but are seen, written in the Runic alphabet on their memorial stone markers. According to those, the name of the king is Agðar (English: Agdar), and the name of the queen is Iðunn (English: Idun)[1].

  • The Queen's Name: Iðunn can be anglicized as Ithunn, or Idunn/Idun. Iðunn means 'youthful', 'eternal youth' 'again to love'. Her English name could be Idun because the name Idun is a popular name in Scandinavia which is the setting of Frozen, the name Idun means 'rejuvenation'.
  • The King's Name: Agðar, can be anglicized as Agdar. Agðar is a male form of Agða, a short form of Agatha, meaning 'good, honorable.' His English could be Agdar because the name Agdar is a popular name in Norway which is the setting of Frozen, the name Agdar means 'brave warrior' in norse and from greek agathos meaning 'good'
    • Due to the Runic alphabet, the king's name can also be read as Akðar or Akthar. Some believe it could be the name Akhtar, which means 'star' and 'good luck'. The latter name is found in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh as well as Iran as a surname thus making it unlikely to be the given name of a Nordic King.

Background

King Agdar and Queen Idun were the rulers of Arendelle; greatly loved and respected by their subjects as well as their family. Together, they had two fair daughters, Anna and Elsa, and although Anna was a normal child, Elsa was born with powers of ice and snow. Apparently, Agdar and Idun were just as powerless as Anna, but it could be presumed that either magical abilities run in the family and merely skipped their generation (and probably previous ancestor's generations as the citizens don't seem familiar with Elsa having powers and likely forgot it ran in the family) or that something happened to the queen when she was pregnant with Elsa.

Judging by how he presented himself, Agdar was learned, kind, powerful and diligent. Idun appeared to be far more passive than her husband, though given the obvious motherly nature needed to raise two daughters. With that, it was clear the rulers' primary priority were their daughters, willing to make large sacrifices to ensure their safety due to Elsa's unique abilities. And despite Elsa's powers, they didn't fear their daughter in the least, giving her just as much affection as Anna, and were even willing to make physical contact with her, but eventually decided against doing so, as Elsa preferred it that way, fearful she'd hurt them. And although they had faith in Elsa that she'll one day completely control her abilities, the fact that her life was as miserable as it was because of them devastated the king and queen, nearly driving Idun to tears at one point.

Role in the film

The Cursed Beginnings

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The royal family in the Valley of the Living Rock.

The couple first appear after being frantically called by Elsa who accidentally struck Anna with ice magic while playing inside the castle. They are worried about Elsa's powers getting too strong, but fortunately they find a map in the royal library that will take them to some trolls who can help Anna.

Anna, Elsa, Agdar and Idun head over to the valley, and the king of the trolls, Pabbie, informs them Anna can be healed, though they're lucky she wasn't hit in the heart, for it can be fatal. Pabbie then informs the royal family that, while Elsa's magic is beautiful, she should learn to control it and not let fear consume her, or horrible things will occur. Agdar assures they'll help Elsa learn to conceal her powers until they can help her gain control of them, and before they depart, Pabbie wipes Anna's memories of Elsa's abilities, believing it's best if she completely forgot of the mystical moments they shared, though rearranging the memories to make it seem as if they were playing out in the regular snow, instead of snow conjured up in the castle.

The two sisters grow up separately to further safety upon Anna as well as keeping the castle gates closed for the kingdom's safety as well and vice-versa for Elsa. As Elsa grows, her parents try to help her control her magic ice powers. Agdar tells Elsa, "Conceal it, don't feel it, don't let it show" as a way to control her powers and to wear gloves to avoid conjuring the magic. It doesn't work completely, because Elsa can still freeze things without trying.

Tragedy Strikes

You'll be fine, Elsa
―The King's last words to Elsa
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The King and Queen's vessel moments before it was sunk.

One day, the king and queen must set off on a two-week sea voyage (their intended destination is unknown). During a storm, they are drowned at sea by monstrous waves. Anna and all the people of Arendelle mourn their deaths (a portrait of the couple is draped over with a black sheet of fabric), but Elsa doesn't attend the funeral out of fear of her powers being revealed and someone getting hurt as a result, even though as the eldest sister, she is the heir to the throne. With their deaths, Elsa's training of her powers was left incomplete, as her powers were still mostly out of her control.

Agdar still appears later in the film; in a painting of his own coronation seen hanging in the library of the castle when Elsa was trying to control her powers, and again when the evil Prince Hans betrays Anna in order to take over the kingdom, though Idun makes no further appearances.

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Trivia

Frozen King Walter

An image of The King compared to the younger Walt Disney.

  • Many fans have noted that Anna and Elsa's father bears a striking resemblance to Walt Disney in his younger years, and many think this was done to lovingly allude to him. He also sounds a lot like Walt too, especially when he tells Elsa that she will be alright when he and his queen depart on their sea voyage.
    • The possibility of this being intentional is quite high, as many fans also notice parallels between Elsa's and Anna's relationship to that of Mickey's and Oswald's (characters who are often referred to as Walt's children).
      • Both were separated from each other when they were fairly young. (Elsa having to be put in another room to keep her away from Anna. The rights to Oswald's character being given to Universal Studios)
      • Both had little involvement with each others' lives despite being related.
      • Both were reunited by not the best of circumstances, which was unintentionally caused by the main character. (Anna accidentally unveiling Elsa's powers, Mickey learning of Oswald in Epic Mickey after accidentally unleashing the Shadow Blot on the Cartoon Wasteland)
      • Since their reunion the two have become close, vowing to always be there for each other. (Elsa returning to Arendelle with Anna, Oswald fighting along side Mickey in Epic Mickey 2)
      • Both the King abd Walt also died before the two could be reuinited.
    • It should also be noted that like the King, Walt had two daughters, Diane Marie Disney and Sharon Mae Disney.
  • Oddly, in the Frozen book illustrations, the king has dark hair and the queen has light hair, but in the movie, it's vice-versa.
  • The Queen's character model is a recoloured and customized version of Elsa's coronation model. There have been several differences, including her clothing and dark brown hair, and her face is thinner than both her her daughters, but her face and eyes mirror her oldest daughter's.
  • The King and Queen are the second set of Disney parents to die around about the same time in the movie, the first being Tarzan's parents. Incidentally, Tarzan and his parents were also involved in a shipwreck, though they survived it.
    • Interestingly enough, both Frozen and Tarzan were directed by Chris Buck.
  • Some fans believe that the Queen of Arendelle may be related in some way to Rapunzel's parents, due to certain similarities in appearance between the Queen of Arendelle and Rapunzel's mother, the Queen of Corona,  but there is no evidence whatsoever to support such speculation.
  •  "She's ice cold!" was the Queen's only line in the film.

Notes

  1. The ð is pronounced "TH" as in "faTHer".



Frozen
Frozen - Poster

Media
Films and Shows: Frozen | It's a Small World: The Animated Series | Once Upon a Time
Video games: Frozen: Olaf's Quest | Frozen: Free Fall | Disney INFINITY | Disney Karaoke: Frozen
Books: Frozen: The Essential Guide | The Art of Frozen | Big Golden Book | Little Golden Book | A Sister More Like Me | Big Snowman, Little Snowman | Anna’s Act of Love/Elsa’s Icy Magic | Elsa's Gift | A New Reindeer Friend | Frozen Ultimate Sticker Book | Disney Read-Along | Frozen: Storybook Deluxe

Attractions: World of Color | Disney Dreams! | Celebrate the Magic | Disney On Ice

Characters: Anna | Elsa the Snow Queen | Kristoff | Hans | Olaf | Sven | The Duke of Weselton | Pabbie | Marshmallow | The Duke of Weselton's Bodyguards | The King and Queen of Arendelle | The Trolls | Bulda | Cliff | Oaken | Sitron | Wolves | Kai and Gerda | The Dignitaries | Castle Guards | Arendelle Citizens

Locations: Arendelle | Elsa's Ice Palace | The Southern Isles | Weselton | Arendelle Castle | Valley of the Living Rock | Arendelle Chapel | Wandering Oaken's Trading Post and Sauna | The North Mountain

Songs
From the Movie: Vuelie | Frozen Heart | Do You Want to Build a Snowman? | For the First Time in Forever (Reprise) | Love is an Open Door | Let It Go | Reindeer(s) Are Better Than People | In Summer | Fixer Upper
Deleted From the Movie: Love Can't Be Denied | We Know Better | More Than Just The Spare | Life's Too Short (Reprise) | Spring Pageant | You're You | Reindeer(s) Remix

Objects: Hans' Sword | Kristoff's Sled

Other: Frozen (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) | Ice Hotel | Musical

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