The Earth Giants are one of four elemental spirits in the forest, the others being the fire spirit Bruni, the water spirit Nokk, and the wind spirit Gale. They typically only roam the forest at night. During the daytime, they can be found sleeping near a raging river. Their dormant states resemble rocky mountains.
Like the other spirits, the Earth Giants were once on peaceful terms with the Northuldra tribe. When a war between the Northuldra and neighboring Arendellians broke out, however, the Earth Giants became hostile and turned against the humans that brought destruction to their forest. Only by destroying the source of the conflict—a dam commissioned by King Runeard—can the giants be tamed.
The Earth Giants resemble large stone golems. Their bodies are composed mostly of black rock, although some members have hides of moss and lichen growing on their backs.
Role in the film
After taming both Gale and Bruni, Elsa thinks that she can handle them as well, but Anna warns her against pressing her luck. Later, Anna and Olaf find themselves drifting down a river, into the Earth Giants territory. The duo desperately try to keep quiet so not to disturb the spirits, and find an escape route into a cave leading to an underground cavern.
Inside, Anna learns that it is necessary to destroy the dam created by King Runeard in order to free the Enchanted Forest from its curse, she draws the attention of the Earth Giants, leading them to fling heavy rocks which destroy the dam. With the dam obliterated, the Earth Giants are once again at peace and make amends with the Northuldra and Arendellians.
- Unique among the elemental spirits, who each have a sole individual embodying them, the element of Earth is embodied by multiple Earth Giants rather than a single Earth Giant.
- It is very possible that the Earth Giants are inspired by the Jötunn of Norse/Scandinavian mythology and folklore who are giants often depicted as having power over (or being composed of) rock and frost; even personifying mountains and hillsides in some cases. They may also be inspired by golems, creatures of Hebrew mythology that are created from the earth.
- In real-life European elemental theology, rocks and earth are represented through Gnomes rather than giants.
- ↑ Spirits of Nature