- “From a magic as old as the glaciers were born the spirits of air, of fire, of water, and of earth. When at peace, we find in them the best of nature. But when enraged, the wind twists with furious gust. Fire burns all options to dust...”
- ―The Secrets of the Magic Makers
The Spirits of the Enchanted Forest, also known as the Elements, are five elemental beings prominent in Frozen II. Existing as mythical creatures that harness the magic of nature, these elements include water, fire, wind, earth, and a fifth spirit that bridges magic and humanity.
There were originally only four spirits, who were described by King Agnarr as the most powerful spirits of all—water, fire, wind, and earth. The spirits dwell in the Enchanted Forest, a magical area inhabited by the Northuldra tribe. The Northuldra have a deep reverence for nature, and in gratitude, the spirits used their magic to aid the tribesmen. So long as their home was respected, the spirits lived with humanity in harmony.
Thirty-four years in the past, however, King Runeard of Arendelle secretly sought to drain the Northuldra's resources. Runeard commissioned the construction of a dam in the middle of the forest and presented it as a gift. When the Northuldra realized the dam was hurting the forest, Runeard initiated a war between the Northuldra and Arendellians—though neither side knew that Runeard was the instigator. The spirits were angered by the violence and turned their magic against humanity. They placed a curse on the forest, encapsulating the land and all of its inhabitants within an impenetrable mist. In the midst of the chaos, a young Northuldran girl rescued Runeard's son, Prince Agnarr, before the mist was unleashed, thus allowing the two to escape. In response to Iduna's unbiased act of heroism, nature appointed her firstborn daughter as the fifth spirit and imbued her with magical powers as a reward. This fifth spirit would be destined to someday right the wrongs caused by Runeard.
- The Nokk - a horse-shaped being that represents the element of water.
- Bruni - a blue salamander that represents the element of fire.
- Gale - a gust of air that represents the element of wind.
- Earth Giants - a race of mountain-sized rock creatures that represent the element of earth.
- The Snow Queen - a human with powers of ice and snow, who represents the bridge between nature and humanity. Elsa also suggests that this position is shared with Anna, as a bridge has two sides.
Role in the film
Throughout her life, Elsa's powers had only grown stronger as she got older. By her twenty-fourth year, she hears the call of Ahtohallan, a river that holds all the answers to the past. In her pursuit of the voice, Elsa accidentally awakens the resting spirits who remotely strip Arendelle of its natural elements. With the spirits restless and the Arendellians forced out of their home, Elsa and her party—advised by Grand Pabbie—head to the Enchanted Forest to undo the enigmatic wrong and preserve Arendelle's future.
Along the way, Elsa learns more and more about her bond with the spirits, as each one she befriends direct her path. With the spirits as her guide, Elsa follows the call to Ahtohallan, where she discovers that she is the fifth spirit of the Enchanted Forest—the bridge that connects magic and people. Elsa accepts her role and uses her powers to reveal the truth about King Runeard and his dam. Anna then used the forces of the Earth Giants to have the dam destroyed, thus lifting the Enchanted Forest’s curse and pacifying the spirits.
Following these events, Elsa abdicates the throne of Arendelle to Anna and joins the spirits to protect the Enchanted Forest.