Frozen 2: Memories Call from Ahtohallan
Frozen 2: Memories Call from Ahtohallan
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Elsa dies! Olaf dies!
But they both come back to life. How?
Do you believe that water has memory? Yes, it is scientifically proven that water does have memory.
Frozen 2 has returned to us with the seemingly scientific message that “water has memory.” Unlike Frozen (2013), Frozen 2 focuses more on emotional growth as Elsa and Anna uncover and correct a past wrongdoing committed by their grandfather, the late King Runeard of Arendelle. It was thanks to the fact that water has memory that the sisters were able to figure out the truth about the vast via Elsa’s adventure into the mysterious frozen island of Ahtohallan.
Some fans have commented that Frozen 2 is “not for children” in that its synopsis and moral are a tack too profound for young children to fully comprehend. However, Frozen 2 stores its own meanings and messages in its characters and plots that we could all learn more about.
Water has memory. Ahtohallan does too.
Water’s memory may be the cause of Elsa’s (temporary) death when she “dive[s] down deep” into its tunnels. But it is also the reason why Elsa could live once again.
While the Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Sven, and Olaf embarked on their journey, Olaf pulls out his trivia knowledge and attempts to entertain the group with how the drinking water has passed through at least four humans or animals and that water retains memories of its journey. Ahtohallan is a frozen island. In other words, it is an island of frozen water. In this sense, Ahtohallan can be thought of as a collection or an abundance of memories that it collects in the form of water. The island reinforces the “water has memory” statement when Elsa discovers the hidden truth about the past by drawing out how King Runeard had tricked the Northuldra and killed their leader.
As Iduna’s lullaby All is Found warns, perhaps some memories were meant to remain concealed; with every piece of truth that Elsa witnesses, she freezes permanently into an ice statue at the bottom of Ahtohollan. But just before her death, Elsa releases a streak of her power to send a message to her sister Anna about the truth she had exchanged with her life. This message takes a unique form: ice statues. These statues fortunately contain Elsa’s memory and successfully convey to Anna what must be done to correct the past and lift the curse settled on the Enchanted Forest. With the Earth Giants led by Anna to break the dam, the curse is broken and Elsa is simultaneously freed from her frozen state. Olaf, who had turned to flurries when Elsa had met her death, is also revived thanks to how his flakes held his memories of being “Olaf.” All is FoundAs Iduna’s lullaby
Elsa’s doom was caused by diving too deep into the memories frozen in Ahtohallan. However, she also owes her life to the memories held by water.
"You are the one you've been waiting for all of my life”
Those who have seen the movie would most likely agree that the “Let It Go” moment for Frozen 2 is no doubt Elsa’s transformation in and encounter of the mysterious voice in Ahtohallan. Whilst singing the magnificent Show Yourself, Elsa discovers that she herself was the Fifth Spirit that could bridge the gap between nature and humans. But one question remains that stirs the curiosity of many. What is the voice that calls Elsa to Ahtohallan?
S0me fans theorize that the voice could belong Elsa’s mother Iduna. While Elsa explores the caves of Ahtohallan, she encounters visions of her mother saving her father Agnarr by calling out to the spirits in the same voice and melody that calls to Elsa. It could be that Ahtohallan is once again using the memories that its water holds to call Elsa. A mother’s voice is an immensely powerful tool that could evoke recollections and nostalgia.
Outside of the “water has memory theory,” some fans think differently, claiming that the voice was actually Elsa calling herself to Ahtohallan. Gale (the Wind Spirit), Bruni (the Fire Spirit), Nokk (the Water Spirit), and the Earth Giants are live manifestations of the Elements; they themselves are not the Elements themselves, as they were not present when the people of Arendelle were driven out of the kingdom. Elsa, the Fifth Spirit, is a manifestation of the Fifth Element. As a result, the actual Fifth Element could reside outside of her unbeknownst to her. Some fans like to think that it is that Fifth Element (Spirit), a part of Elsa herself, that is calling her to Ahtohallan. Lyrics in the song Show Yourself may be a confirmation of this theory. “You are the one you’ve been waiting for all of my life” is where “you” is revealed to be Elsa and that her voyage to Ahtohallan is a journey wherein she rediscovered herself.