Gather ‘round, kids, because today we’re going to talk about a little thing called “foreshadowing.” If you were truly paying attention the first time you saw Frozen, you would have known half the plot about five minutes in, because the ice harvesters lay it all out for you in “Frozen Heart.”
Let’s take a closer look at those lyrics. Is “Frozen Heart” a literal ballad about ice and its various properties, or is it a subtle yet profound allusion to the movie’s themes? You decide:
It seems plausible that here, the ice harvesters are talking about none other than our girl Elsa. At the beginning of the film, Elsa’s parents explain to the trolls that she was born with her powers, not cursed—“born of cold and winter air.”
“Both foul and fair” is a pretty accurate description of Elsa’s ice powers. Here we have a girl who can freeze an entire kingdom, conjure up abominable snowmen, and potentially impale people with icicles when threatened… and she can also use those powers to make impromptu ice skating rinks and a lovable lad named Olaf.
The first time Elsa accidentally hurts Anna, she’s striking for love by trying to save her sister from falling. The second time, in her ice castle, she strikes through Anna’s heart out of fear.
“Beauty, sharp and sheer” reminds us of the moment during Elsa’s coronation when her powers finally overwhelm her, and she shoots out those giant pointy “KEEP OUT” icicles, and then runs away. Immediately after she sees this, Anna sets off to find Elsa and split the ice (of their relationship, and of Arendelle) apart.
Straight from the ice harvesters’ mouths: Let it go. Having just run away dramatically from her kingdom and up a mountain, at this point Elsa proceeds to sing “Let It Go.”
Properties of ice, sure. But this could also be how Elsa’s feeling at this point, having just embraced her powers, built her ice castle, and decided she’s never returning to civilization.
When Anna first confronts Elsa in her ice castle, Elsa tries to convince Anna to leave because she can’t control her powers. In true Anna fashion, she declares she isn’t going anywhere without Elsa… and that results in Elsa inadvertently freezing Anna’s heart.
Elsa is definitely stronger than a hundred men, as evidenced by the fact that she can take the Duke’s henchmen out with little to no effort, even stopping an arrow by conjuring an ice shield. Those reflexes.
We get a repeat of the opening verse because the past repeats itself. Elsa accidentally strikes Anna the second time, this time out of fear instead of love, and this time in the heart instead of the head. Things are not looking good…
Anna is in grave danger if she can’t find a way to thaw her frozen heart. And meanwhile, Hans is orchestrating the demise of both sisters, which makes him another frozen heart to beware of (remember at the end when Anna tells him, “the only one here with a frozen heart is you”?).
Those ice harvesters! I mean really, can you believe these guys? What else do they know that they aren’t telling us?