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The Nokk is a character in Disney’s 2019 animated feature film, Frozen II. It is the horse-shaped elemental spirit of water that serves as the guardian of the Dark Sea.

Background[]

The Nokk is one of four elemental spirits of the Enchanted Forest, the others being the Fire Spirit Bruni, the Earth Giants, and the Wind Spirit Gale.[1] Like the other spirits, the Nokk once lived in peaceful unity with the Northuldra tribe, granting the humans with travel across its waters, and in return, the Northuldra held the spirits in reverence.

34 years before the start of the film, the Arendellian King Runeard built a dam in the forest as a gift of peace to the Northuldra. But in truth, this was an elaborate plot by the treacherous king who sought to eliminate the tribe and its connection to magic. During a gathering between the Northuldra and the Arendellians, Runeard murdered the Northuldra leader. This sparked a war between the groups, during which Runeard was killed. The conflict enraged the spirits, who turned against the humans they once aided. Soon thereafter, a powerful curse engrossed the forest with an impenetrable mist, trapping all within it inside for the foreseeable future. For the spirits to return to their pacified state, the fallout of Runeard's actions had to be amended, but only by breaking the dam that instigated the conflict would the curse be lifted.

Role in the film[]

When Elsa senses a mysterious voice calling to her, Elsa, in a state of jubilation, accidentally alerts the spirits to her presence in Arendelle. In response, the spirits manipulate the elements in Arendelle remotely—the Nokk for its part withdraws all the water in the kingdom's plumbing and fountains—and force its citizens to evacuate so as to keep them from harm's way. The queen and her sister, Anna, learn from Grand Pabbie that they must journey to the Enchanted Forest to mollify the bitter spirits and save the kingdom.

After Elsa's party enters the forest, the Nokk briefly manifests to Olaf when the latter looks into a pond and finds the Nokk staring at him, frightening the snowman away.

Later, Elsa encounters it while attempting to traverse the Dark Sea alone to reach Ahtohallan after sending Anna and Olaf away to protect them from Ahtohallan's curse, despite Anna's pleas that it is too dangerous for Elsa to traverse alone, reminding her of their mother's lullaby. The Nokk is steadfast in its attempts to drown Elsa, but she uses her powers to create reins to help her mount and ride the Nokk, eventually taming it, which also calms the raging Dark Sea as Elsa had tamed its guardian. With the Nokk tamed and befriended, it then carries her to Ahtohallan, where it dissolves after she disembarks onto the glacier, but not before exchanging a respectful bow with her. While traversing the glacier, Elsa discovers that she is the fifth spirit, and the true source of the war between Arendelle and Northuldra, and the curse upon the forest: the dam that King Runeard constructed in the forest was actually meant to harm the land, as he detested magic, and he murdered the Northuldra leader in cold blood to instigate war between his troops and the Northuldra. As she discovers this truth, Elsa begins to freeze due to having ventured too deep into the glacier. Elsa manages to warn Anna before she is completely frozen. When Anna goads the Earth Giants into destroying the dam, thus lifting the curse, Elsa is revived and falls into the sea. She is recovered by the Nokk when it sees her in trouble, and it carries her to Arendelle, restoring her strength as they do, where they conjure a massive ice barrier to stop the wave unleashed by the dam’s destruction from destroying the kingdom, then upon dispersing the barrier, turning the wave back on itself, forcing it into recession. After they stop the wave, they turn to look up at the cliff where Grand Pabbie, Oaken, and the other citizens of Arendelle and rock trolls are, who cheer Elsa and Nokk for their success, with Pabbie giving Elsa a respectful nod and smile for her efforts, before they head back to the Enchanted Forest and Nokk reunites Elsa with a relived Anna, who feared she had lost her sister forever.

Afterward, Elsa decides to stay in the Enchanted Forest, as she has discovered that she is the fifth spirit. In the months that follow, the Nokk remains one of Elsa’s closest companions. She occasionally freezes its body into pure ice with its willing cooperation to allow it to interact on land. In the final scene, Elsa and the Nokk are seen riding through the forest and on the Dark Sea. Along the way, the lead Earth Giant helps them up the cliff with his arms as a bridge, and they pass by Honeymaren and Ryder Nattura taking their reindeer pack out for a run, waving to Elsa as she passes by. Bruni tries to follow them, but Elsa leaves a large pile of snowflakes for him to dive into and feast on while she and the Nokk continue on their way, crossing the now-frozen Dark Sea towards Ahtohallan.

Video Games[]

Disney Dreamlight Valley[]

The Nokk appears in the Frozen Realm in this game, though not physically in its water horse form. Anna and the player are trying to locate Elsa after she chased Gale deeper into the Enchanted Forest, but when they find her, they find the Nokk blocking their way with a rapidly moving river current over Elsa's ice bridge, due to something in the nearby pond annoying it. When the player fishes the object up, it is revealed to be Anna's engagement ring, and due to being foreign to the Enchanted Forest, it was irritating the Nokk as a result. With the object gone, Nokk is no longer being pestered by it and calms down the river to allow access to Gale and Elsa.

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Trivia[]

  • In Scandinavian folklore, a Nøkk is a dangerous shapeshifting water-spirit known to lure travelers to the waterside while disguised as a mighty horse (similar to the Kelpie of Celtic folklore), a handsome man (oftentimes playing a violin), or a beautiful woman, only to drag them into the depths and drown them. It is possible that this is hinted at through the Nokk's attacking of Elsa when it first comes across her.
    • Staying true to the mythology on which it is based, the Nokk was initially conceived as a shapeshifter, but the directors wanted the character to have the constant shape of a horse and be portrayed as serious, rather than cartoony.[2]
    • Disney previously used a troll variation of the Nokk known as the Nokken as one of the trolls in the former Maelstrom attraction at Epcot that Frozen Ever After replaced.
    • In real-world European elemental theology, the magical creature personifying water is a nymph or a fairy-like creature known as an Undine.
    • It might be a pun on "sea horse".
  • The Nokk posed a challenge for Disney's licensing department in regard to creating merchandise, "how do you make a cuddly kids collectible based on a mythic horse made entirely of water?"[3]
  • The Nokk, along with Bruni, are Elsa's most prominent animal companions.

References[]

  1. Spirits of Nature
  2. Lee, Michael Jay (September 30, 2019). "‘Frozen 2’ Adding Elements and Creatures To Enchanted Forests and Dark Seas" (Blog). Geeks of Doom.
  3. Eakin, Marah (November 13, 2019). "Frozen 2's animators on Easter eggs and flummoxing Disney licensing" (Article). The A.V. Club.

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See also
MusicalThe Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated ClassicFrozen: The Official MagazineDisney On IceAs Told by EmojiFrozen: Northern LightsInto the Unknown: Making Frozen IIThe Making of Frozen: A Return to Arendelle
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