'Frozen 2' Trailer: Norse Mythology Influences in Disney Sequel Explained

The first official trailer for Frozen 2 has been released, with a number of fans still left confused as to what the plot will be.

The highly anticipated sequel to Disney's 2013 smash-hit animated musical is due to be released in theaters on November 22, but up until now the studio has remained tight-lipped on what exactly the new movie will be about.

The new trailer is similarly enigmatic, but does reveal a few new details, particularly the influence of Norse Mythology in the film. Here's an explanation as to what they could mean for the film.

The Nokk

The first 30 seconds of the official trailer are just a repeat of what we saw in the teaser trailer released on February 13. Queen Elsa, the protagonist of the last film, is standing on the shore staring out towards the sea. She ties up her hair, before charging out toward the waves, using her ability to create ice to freeze parts of the sea to effectively walk on water.

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The Nokk appears when Elsa is submerged underwater. Disney

She tries to freeze a giant wave approaching her, but the tidal surge is too strong and the ice shatters, sending Elsa plunging beneath the waves. It's here that she encounters what appears to be a water horse, that stares straight at her before disappearing.

According to a Disney press release, the creature is actually a Nokk, "a mythical water spirit that takes the form of a horse and uses the power of the ocean to guard the secrets of the forest." It remains to be seen whether this creature is trying to help Elsa, or hinder her.

The runes

Elsa rushes to the top of an icy rock before unleashing her powers into the air, creating a number of ice crystals that hang in the sky. If you "freeze" the image (sorry), you'll notice that the diamond-shaped crystals each have a strange symbol on them.

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Elsa creates ice crystals with strange runes carved on them. Disney

These are runes, an ancient alphabet that used to be used by the Norse and Germanic people. As well as being a system of writing, runes often held magical significance.

Later in the trailer, Elsa touches the mist in front of her and appears to open a portal that reveals four stones with mystic runes carved on them. The very same runes that we saw Elsa create before.

The giant

At the end of the trailer, Anna talks to Pabbie the troll about Elsa, saying "I won't let anything happen to her." But in the very next shot Elsa looks to be in real danger, as she hides behind a tree from a giant rock monster.

This appears to be further inspiration from Norse mythology, where the rocky wilderness of Jotunheim was the home of the giants. These monsters would turn to stone when exposed to sunlight.

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Elsa hides from a giant rock monster. Disney

The caption underneath the trailer also reveals a bit more information about the film:

"Why was Elsa born with magical powers? The answer is calling her and threatening her kingdom. Together with Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven, she'll set out on a dangerous but remarkable journey. In 'Frozen,' Elsa feared her powers were too much for the world. In 'Frozen 2,' she must hope they are enough. From the Academy Award-winning team—directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, producer Peter Del Vecho and songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez—and featuring the voices of Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad, Frozen 2 opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2019."

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