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Yelana is a supporting character in Disney's 2019 animated feature film, Frozen II. She is the unspoken leader of the Northuldra. Yelana is fiercely protective of her family and community but is known to soften when people show an understanding of nature and their environment.[1]

Background

Following the death of their previous leader at the hands of King Runeard, Yelena rose as the new head of the Northuldra. As her reign began after the Northuldra and Arendellian war, thirty-four years of Yelana’s rule took place in a time in which the Enchanted Forest was encapsulated by an impenetrable mist. Alongside the imprisoned Northuldra were a small group of Arendellian guards, led by Lieutenant Mattias. As neither side knew who truly instigated the war that resulted in the forest’s curse, Yelena was wary of the Arendellians and had a longstanding rivalry with Mattias. The two sides were nevertheless forced to live in a stalemate.

Role in the film

My people are innocent. We would've never attacked first.
―Yelena defending her people[src]

Yelena first appears when the Northuldra and Lieutenant Mattias' battalion of Arendellian royal guards confront Elsa and her party. Honeymaren commands Anna to lower her weapon, to which Mattias responds by ordering Honeymaren to lower her own. she steps in, questioning Mattias’s tone, much to the latter’s annoyance. Elsa uses her magic to protect herself and her friends, which surprises her and Mattias. They learn from Olaf that Elsa and Anna are of Arendellian royalty and that Elsa possesses ice magic. Yelana questions why nature would reward a person of Arendelle with magic, with Mattias proposing that it may be compensation for the actions of the Northuldra. Yelana defends her people, claiming that they never would have attacked first. Elsa explains that her mission may save the forest, but Yelana is hesitant to trust her as Northuldra only trusts nature.

Just then, the Fire Spirit sets the forest ablaze, prompting Yelana to evacuate her people. However, Elsa is able to tame the spirit with her ice magic, much to the shock of her and the others. She then learns that Elsa and Anna’s late mother, Queen Iduna, was Northuldran. The Northuldra are happy to welcome Elsa and Anna as a members of their tribe, with Yelana leading the ceremony. Elsa promises to free the forest but is unable to continue her journey that night as the Earth Giants are roaming. Yelana invites Anna, Elsa, and their friends to stay with their tribe until morning. When the Earth Giants approach the Northuldran camp—much to Yelana’s confusion—Elsa decides to leave immediately so as not to attract the spirits. Anna and Olaf join her, leaving Kristoff and Sven behind.

The next day, Yelana walks in on Kristoff’s proposal meant for Anna, which she declines. She informs him that the princess and the queen had left, and advises him not to follow as they were long gone by that point. Nevertheless, she awkwardly invites Kristoff to join the Northuldra on their travels west to the Lichen Meadows.

Following these events, Elsa discovers the truth behind the Northuldran and Arendellian war, learning that it was instigated by King Runeard, who plotted to colonize the Northuldra and drain their magic with a dam that was built in the forest. Elsa passes the truth to Anna, who uses the strength of the Earth Giants to destroy the dam, thus lifting the curse on the forest. Yelana and Mattias are together when the forest is finally freed. They both recount how long they have been trapped before walking out into the open world with their arms linked, symbolizing the end of their feud and the start of their friendship. Shortly after, Elsa returns and relays the events of her journey to Yelana and Honeymaren. Honeymaren invites Elsa to stay with the Northuldra in the forest, to which Elsa agrees, as she has also discovered that she is the fifth spirit of the forest.

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Trivia

  • Yelana bears a striking resemblance to the previous Northuldra leader, sharing similar hairstyles, hair color, and skin tone. The status of their relationship is unknown, however.

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References


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Media
Films: FrozenFrozen FeverOlaf's Frozen AdventureFrozen IIAt Home With OlafOnce Upon a Snowman

Video games: Frozen: Olaf's QuestFrozen Free FallDisney InfinityDisney Infinity: 2.0 EditionDisney Infinity: 3.0 EditionDisney Enchanted TalesDisney Emoji BlitzKingdom Hearts IIIFrozen Adventures
Music: Frozen soundtrackFrozen musical soundtrackDisney Karaoke: FrozenFrozen II soundtrack
Books: The Art of FrozenA Sister More Like MePhantoms of ArendelleA Frozen HeartAnna and Elsa's Secret PlaytimeAcross the SeaFrozen Spring FeverMelting HeartsComic BooksElsa's Perfect PlanAnna & Elsa: Sisterhood is the Strongest Magic:Disney Princess BeginningsThe Art of Frozen II

Disney Parks
Arendelle: World of FrozenFantasy SpringsAnna and Elsa's Frozen FantasyCastle of Magical DreamsDisney Animation BuildingFrozen Ever AfterIt's a Small WorldRoyal Princess GardenStorybook Land Canal BoatsWandering Oaken's Sliding Sleighs

Entertainment: Disney Dreams: An Enchanted ClassicFor the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along CelebrationFrozen: Live at the HyperionGolden Fairytale FanfareMickey's Royal Friendship FaireMickey and the MagicianMickey and the Wondrous BookRoyal Theatre
Shops: Anna & Elsa's Boutique
Parade: Disney Magic on ParadeDisney Stars on ParadeFestival of Fantasy ParadeFrozen Royal Welcome ParadeMagic HappensMickey's Storybook ExpressPaint the Night ParadeTokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade: DreamLights
Firework: Celebrate the MagicDisney Dreams!Disneyland ForeverFrozen ForeverHappily Ever AfterHarmonioUSIgnite the Dream: A Nighttime Spectacular of Magic and LightMickey's Mix MagicOnce Upon a TimeWonderful World of AnimationWorld of Color: Celebrate!
Summer: Frozen Summer Fun!
Christmas: A Frozen Holiday WishDisney Christmas StoriesDisney Dreams! of Christmas“Frozen” Christmas Tree Lighting CeremonyWorld of Color: Winter Dreams

Characters
Frozen: AnnaElsaKristoffHansOlafSvenThe Duke of WeseltonGrand PabbieMarshmallowKing AgnarrQueen IdunaErik and FrancisTrollsBuldaOakenSitronWolvesKaiCastle GuardsHans' Brothers

Frozen Fever: Snowgies
Frozen II: Lieutenant MattiasNorthuldraYelanaHoneymarenRyderThe NokkBruniGaleEarth GiantsKing Runeard

Locations
ArendelleElsa's Ice PalaceThe Southern IslesWeseltonArendelle CastleValley of the Living RockArendelle ChapelWandering Oaken's Trading Post and SaunaThe North MountainThe Enchanted ForestAhtohallan
Songs
Frozen: VuelieFrozen HeartDo You Want to Build a Snowman?For the First Time in ForeverLove is an Open DoorLet It GoReindeer(s) Are Better Than PeopleIn SummerFixer Upper

Frozen Fever: Making Today a Perfect Day
Olaf's Frozen Adventure: Ring in the SeasonThe Ballad of FlemmingradThat Time of YearWhen We're Together
Frozen II: All Is FoundSome Things Never ChangeInto the UnknownWhen I Am OlderLost in the WoodsShow YourselfThe Next Right Thing
Musical: Let the Sun Shine OnA Little Bit of YouHidden FolkHans of the Southern IslesQueen AnointedDangerous to DreamWhat Do You Know About Love?HyggeI Can't Lose YouKristoff LullabyMonsterTrue LoveColder by the Minute
At Home with Olaf: I Am with You
Deleted: Love Can't Be DeniedWe Know BetterSpring PageantMore Than Just the SpareYou're YouLife's Too ShortReindeer(s) RemixWhen Everything Falls ApartResolutionHomeI Seek the TruthUnmeltable MeGet This RightSee the Sky

See Also
Kristoff's SledSpirits of the Enchanted ForestIduna's ScarfIce HotelMusicalThe Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated ClassicFrozen: The Official MagazineDisney On IceAs Told by EmojiFrozen: Northern Lights
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