The Snow Queen: A Tale of Seduction Through Out Centurieshelloadameve
The Snow Queen is one of the most fascinating and intriguing characters ever made, and her beauty has left us captivated for the longest time.
We first knew her as the calculating, cold-hearted villain of Andersen’s fairytale, and we’ve lately seen her as the confused and scared princess in Disney’s Frozen. The tale of her incomparable iced beauty has lived on, and she’s held countless authors and creatives under her spell for hundreds of years.
As a result, The Snow Queen has been adapted into different films, series, literary works, anime, and more.
Here is a quick look at the Snow Queen’s history.
The Snow Queen’s Early Beginnings
Long before she became one of Disney’s most iconic character, The Snow Queen is already the mistress of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale.
She appeared in the book New Fairy Tales. First Volume. Second Collection (Nye Eventyr. Første Bind. Anden Samling), first published on 21 December 1844.
‘The Snow Queen’ is widely considered Andersen’s best works. It is a parable of good vs. evil told in seven parts: 1) About the Mirror and Its Pieces, 2) A Little Boy and a Little Girl, 3) The Flower Garden of the Woman Who Knew Magic, 4) The Prince and the Princess, 5) The Little Robber Girl, 6) The Lapp Woman and the Finn Woman, and 7) What Happened at the Snow Queen’s Palace and What Happened Afterwards.
The Snow Queen follows the story of two young children, Kai and Gerda, whose innocence and friendship got tested after a mysterious visit from the story’s eponymous ice-hearted Queen.
The Danish author describes The Snow Queen as the ruler of the snowflakes that look like bees, aptly called ‘snow bees’. If one wishes to see her, they must look for the place where the ice crystals cluster the most.
Andersen described the Snow Queen as a fair and beautiful woman, made of shining and glittering ice.
She wore garments of white gauze, which looked like millions of starry ice crystals sewn together.
Her eyes sparkled like bright stars, but they’re devoid of peace and rest.
Unlike Disney’s, Andersen’s Snow Queen is no hero with a pure heart. Her nature is cold, and her callous heart is frozen with unfathomable wickedness.
In Andersen’s tale, the Snow Queen kissed and kidnapped Kai. He was held hostage in her palace guarded by snowflakes. Kai was almost lifeless when Gerda found her in the frozen lake, which the Snow Queen refers to as the ‘Mirror of Reason’.
Gerda managed to save Kai, and the two left the Queen’s castle. The Snow Queen’s story may have ended after seven parts in Andersen’s narrative, but her character lived on for the next hundreds of years to come.
The Snow Queens Enigmatic Presence
The Snow Queen is such an enchanting literary figure. Her allure bores deep in people’s consciousness, and she is almost impossible to forget.
It is no longer surprising for her character to grace the presence of different films, books, and shows, years, decades, and even centuries after Andersen’s creation.
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
In 1950, C. S. Lewis published The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the best known of seven novels in The Chronicles of Narnia (1950–1956).
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is set in a fictional kingdom of Narnia, a magical place of talking animals and mythical creatures. The book follows four children who discover a portal to the world of Narnia through a magic wardrobe in a spare room. The place is governed by the Evil White Witch, who has cast a spell to keep the land in perpetual winter.
In Lewis’ novel, Edmund, one of the four siblings, was captured and trapped by the White Witch. The scene is reminiscent of the seduction and imprisonment of Kai by the Snow Queen in Hans Christian Andersen’s novel. Just like in Andersen’s novel, the White Witch is portrayed as a cold-hearted villain.
A 2005 film adaptation of Lewis’ novel stars Tilda Swinton as the White Witch. She wore an ice crown and is dressed in an immaculately white gown with snowflakes- like patterns. She wore a coat so white that it resembles the snow.
The Snow Queen’s appearance didn’t end there. She appear once more in different creative works, including anime.
The Extraterrestrial Ice Princess Villain In Sailor Moon S: The Movie
In 1994, Sailor Moon S: The Movie directed by Hiroki Shibata and written by Sukehiro Tomita was released.
Once again, the Snow Queen made an appearance through the evil extraterrestrial ice entity named Princess Snow Kaguya, who arrives on Earth with a nefarious plan to freeze the planet.
The only problem is she lost a fragment of her comet, and she cannot proceed without it. The ice princess sent out her Snow Dancers to look at the missing piece, which turned out to be attached to Kakeru’s life-force energy.
When the evil ice princess found the missing fragment, she resumed doing her plan immediately.
Princess Snow Kaguya and her Snow Dancers began freezing the Earth, draining Kakeru’s life-force in the process and slowly killing him as he wanders through the snowstorm.
Just like how Gerda saved Kai in Andersen’s fairy tale, Kakeru was also rescued by Luna, whose life he also once saved in the early part of the anime.
Throughout the years, the Snow Queen has been depicted as an evil and calculating nemesis. Her intentions and motivations are often puzzling.
Why does she want to inflict pain on others? What caused her to follow the path of darkness and cause great despair in innocent souls?
The different adaptations may have their different reasons, but none has quite explored or at least gave the effort to understand the ice monarch’s true purpose.
However, a big change is coming for the Snow Queen, thanks to Disney.
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From Villain To Hero: The Snow Queen’s Evolution In Disney
After being portrayed as an antagonist in numerous adaptations, Disney finally decided to give the Snow Queen’s character a different interpretation.
Disney knew for a long time that they would have to get their hands on this character. Reports say that Walt Disney attempted to adapt ‘The Snow Queen’ into a film as early as 1937. However, the Snow Queen’s isolated life made it hard for the company to breathe new life into the character
The project was abandoned several times until Frozen’s Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee came into the picture.
The earlier manuscripts for Frozen included more antagonistic actions by Elsa, such as intentionally cursing Arendelle with an eternal winter.
She was also seen building an army of snowmen similar to the original Snow Queen’s army of snowflakes, with Olaf as a smaller snowman who was rejected by Elsa for being too unintimidating.
However, the scripts were altered, and Elsa has shifted into a more central character.
In the 2013 film, we saw Princess Elsa of Arendelle, who is forced to isolate herself after accidentally hurting her younger sister Anna with her increasingly unpredictable powers.
After inadvertently unleashing her powers again in front of the court, she flees to the North Mountain to live a hermit life.
She built herself an ice palace, but her powers unintentionally caused the rest of the Kingdom to fall in a never-ending winter.
Buck and Lee rebooted the Snow Queen’s character from the ground up. From a cold-blooded monarch, she’s now become a confused and afraid young woman who doesn’t know how to control her powers. Her isolation is a defense mechanism, the result of her fear of hurting the people she loved. The Kingdom of Arendelle was still engulfed in eternal winter, just like originally planned. However, in the final manuscript, Elsa was unaware of what she has done.
The 21st century Snow Queen is no longer an antagonist, but rather a protagonist deeply loved and admired by young children. Her songs became powerful anthems for children’s celebrations all around the world.
Towards the end of the film, Elsa realizes that the key to controlling her powers is love. However, unlike the Disney clichés, the “act of true love” in Frozen refers to Anna’s sisterly love and devotion for Elsa, not of some random prince.
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The Snow Queen has indeed traveled a long way from her villainous origins to the more child-friendly version that we’ve known today.
However, whether she gets portrayed as a villain or an angel, we remain enamored by her charms. If the big studious fail to resist her spell, so do we.
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