It’s been about 4 months since Frozen 2 came out. The sequel has surpassed the culturally phenomenal first movie in so many ways, not least of all in terms of worldwide box office records. But it’s also so vastly more layered that I wanted to get to the bottom of one aspect of the world of these characters: timeline. With 6 years between the first film and the second, and two short-films in between, it begs the question just how long has it been for Elsa, Anna, et al.?

I’ve perused the internet in the hopes of distilling the answer to the question, what year is Frozen 2 set in? Ready to learn?

  • Early June 1813: King Runeard (Elsa and Anna’s paternal grandfather) attacks the Northuldra, the enchanted forest seals with mist, and Iduna (Elsa and Anna’s mom) escapes with Agnar (Elsa and Anna’s dad).
  • December 22, 1822: Elsa is born.
  • June 21, 1826: Anna is born.
  • 1831: Elsa injures Anna and the gates are shut.
Map from Frozen Fever (2015).
  • 1841: Queen Iduna and King Agnar drown at sea.
For those who purchase Frozen on iTunes, etc., this is from the Special Features, confirming that Frozen is set in the 1840s.
  • July 29, 1844 (Elsa’s Coronation and St. Olaf’s Feast Day (Olaf was also the 1st King of Norway [11th century]). This is when the movie Frozen (2013) starts.
    • Also, The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen came out in 1844 (Frozen was inspired by this fairy tale).
  • December 1844: When Olaf’s Frozen Adventure (2017) takes place. The first Christmas season when the girls aren’t alone.
  • June 21, 1845 (Summer Solstice and Anna’s 19th Birthday) When Frozen Fever (2015) takes place.
  • November 1847: This is when Frozen 2 begins.
    • Most likely early November (the 7th) because Arendelle is preparing a big feast at the beginning of the movie, and All Saints Day is the most likely holiday that they are celebrating. It is a Norwegian Church Holiday that commemorates the dead; and the dead, the past, and spirits set in motion the events of Frozen 2.
    • The year 1847 also makes sense in terms of math because in Frozen 2 Northuldra leader Yelana and Arendelle Lieutenant Mattias claim that the enchanted forest was sealed for 34 years, 5 months, and 23 days. Ergo, 1847 – 34 = 1813 makes the most sense.

And there it is…

Frozen Movie Timeline
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  1. Just a little concerned about the photograph at the end of the movie, I hope it isnt an anachronism. Where does this take place (country)?

  2. The thing is I think elsas birthday is wrong cause in the first movie it’s summer and it’s elsas 21st birthday meaning elsas born in summer. Er I think, feel free to correct me.

  3. Hi! Love this post! This is so helpful in making sense of how the short and feature films interrelate.

    One thing to add—amongst the Atohollan ice memories, young Agnar is shown talking to young Iduna about reading a book by “just some new Danish author”, which has the silhouette of a very familiar mermaid on the cover. Hans Christian Andersen had his literary debut in 1829 and “The Little Mermaid” first reached print in 1837. It’s possible that this might require the timeline to be shifted a bit later.

    Also: according to what I can find in a quick search, Photography first came to Norway in 1839. It seems very plausible that Lt. Mattius would not know about photography before being trapped in the forest, but that photography may have recently arrived in Arendelle by the time the curse is lifted.


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