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Watched Frozen today and it was quite the mess of Scandinavian culture and stereotypes. Don't get defensive if you really love the movie. It was indeed a cultural mess, but in an entertaining way. Also, while watching it, I unintentionally came up with a somewhat sinister theory of what is going on behind the scenes of the main story. (Keep in mind this is just for fun. I can't imagine this was what Disney was thinking. Consider it an alternative interpretation of the Frozen universe)

While it takes place in some Disney fantasy country called Arendelle, it's clearly strongly inspired by Norway, what with all the mentions of fjords and such. But the people in the royal city are wearing clothes that looks like a mix between Swedish and Norwegian dress and they raise a maypole which is mostly a Swedish tradition in Scandinavia (it's still done a few places in Denmark too and even fewer places in Norway, so really, it's seen as a Swedish thing). At one point they meet a shopkeeper who speaks with an accent that sounds a lot like how Swedes sounds when they make fun of Norwegians. And of course there is Hans from The Southern Isles, which sounds like a fancy way of saying Denmark (it's mostly made up of islands and it's the most southern country in Scandinavia).

So what could all this mean? Let me give you a little (very simplified) history lesson. 
For a few years Sweden, Norway and Denmark were joined in a union, but then the Danish upper class went a bit crazy and killed some of the Swedish upperclass. Sweden wouldn't stand for that and left, so for many years it was just Denmark and Norway. Then the Napoleon wars happened. Denmark sided with Napoleon, so Sweden sided with England if England would let Sweden have Norway if they won. England agreed, and as we all know Napoleon lost. The Norwegians had been trying to get Denmark to give them free for a long time so they were not happy when they were suddenly forced into being part of Sweden. They made so much noise that years later the Swedes finally let them go. The Norwegians decided they needed a royal family of their own, and asked a Danish prince who weren't likely to get the Danish throne any time soon if he wanted to be king of Norway (Partly because the original Norwegian kings were in his blood, partly because he had a British wife which would help their relationship with England). He agreed, changed his name to a Norwegian one and ruled Norway through the Second World War.

So Frozen could be taking place during the time Sweden ruled Norway. Obviously that would mean Elsa wasn't the actual queen if she was living in Norway but rather some kind of Swedish official in charge of Norway, but work with me here. That would explain why the shopkeeper is the only one with an accent. He and his/the family in the sauna are the only actual Norwegians in the whole damn movie (An argument could be made for Kristoff, but he's clearly a Sami and they don't always like to refer to themselves as belonging to any nation). The accent is silly because he's a low class Norwegian through the eyes of an upperclass Swede. Everybody else are rich Swedes acting like they own the place, with a power hungry Dane who's still angry Denmark lost Norway plotting to take the country back. So basically, the story is about upperclass invaders of two different nations having a piss fight over Norway while the Norwegians just have to sit and watch them because no one is asking them what they want. And to make it even worse for Hans, this would mean that in a few years Norway would be free and ask one of his brothers if he want to be their king while Hans has to watch from his prison cell.

So there you go. Frozen is about fancy upperclass foreigners who think they own the place. ;)

EDIT: Could also be a reason why Elsa doesn't want Anna and Hans to marry. Sweden and Denmark weren't exactly the best of friends, so of course Elsa would think "What on earth are you doing Anna? A Dane? Really? No no no! I am in charge of Norway so my sister can't marry a god damn Dane! What are people back in Sweden going to think!?"

EDIT: Again, I have to make it clear, this is not at all serious. It's just for fun. The country of Arendelle is just something Disney cooked up so they wouldn't have to stick to one culture, so we get a mix of a lot of Norway, some Sweden and Sami, a bit of Danish and even some Finnish and Icelandic thrown in.
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LadyMalvoliosander Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
I haven't seen Frozen yet but this was still an interesting read. I'm faving it readt for the day when/if I do see Frozen.
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RoyceGrey Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014
I love it!

I would have thought that Arendell might be some stand-out community that was being absorbed though marriage rather than conquest ('cause of the big freaking mountians), but I like yours better.
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inuyoukaiMei Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014
Okay, Humon, I freaking love you. Seriously. I have had this sitting in my inbox since you posted it in February. I really respect your creativity and the extreme wealth of knowledge you bring to the internet communities you post in. I knew I wasn't going to be able to watch Frozen anytime soon when you made this but I waited... and waited... and now it's the end of December and I finally watched this terrible movie. This telling of history was totally worth saving for.. *counts* nine months. jfc. I had no clue of any of this, and doubt disney did otherwise they would've done a much more hackneyed job of it. 
 
Regardless, you are supremely talented, I love your work, and you are so very brilliant!
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Jazukai Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a lot more complex than the people who say it's about lesbians.
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moonlitinuyasha1985 Featured By Owner May 6, 2014
I always thought Elsa not letting Anna marry Hans was just her being a good older sibling.:|
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ColourMeFandom Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is why I love you Humon. Well this and everything else. But. Yeah. 
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irina1492 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
Woah....
(Do you suppose you could make a SatW comic out of the history bit? Because I'm gonna be honest, that just broke my brain.)
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AaronHong Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014
I'm gonna wait and see the Hetalia take instead.
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DemonicAngel14 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
This is really interesting. I'm glad you brought up the idea.
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luna4everandever Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
I like your theory. It would be surprising if it was true, though!
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Zlabya Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
I decided to not see Frozen because it was such a hash of The Snow Queen (I love Andersen's fairy tales) and I'm not crazy about modern Disney animation. I'm perfectly happy just to enjoy this take on the story and the art Humon made with her SATW characters. ::sits back and grins::
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Kaptain-Citten Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
I haven't seen the movie, nor will I ever see Frozen. To be honest Disney's is becoming desperate to get the audience and attention they once had when Walt Disney use to run everything. Its why they bought the rights to Star Wars, Marvel, and The Muppets.:slump: 
Every since they the bought the rights to Marvel, Disney is been making way more money
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Animono Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahahaha! Lol, your theory is so funny. What if it was true?
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Adonisa Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
And to think that the norwegians were so proud about the movie (at least according to the newspapers)...
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Eviecats Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
I was surprised how different it was from the Snow Queen, which is what Disney claims it was based off.  Though, personally I didn't mind that they left out all the religious symbolism and added some trolls for cultural flavor.  =)
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jamaicancrocodile Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Professional Writer
actually they were trying to go with the snow queen as planned (elsa being the villain and such) but when they had her song sung by idina menzel and almost done with production, they realized that the song did not give her an evil enough flare so they changed the story so that it would blend in. i personally liked that there was no set villain for it was a mixture of superstition, fear, power hungry, and mistakes. not many disney movies that you can't just point out the villain...
hence why it took so damn long to come out :nod:
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Eviecats Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
Well that prince was the real villain but I certainly see your point ^_^  
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jamaicancrocodile Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Professional Writer
He was eventually but not really. Cuz so was the weseltun guy for angering elsa. Its a mash up
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GrimV Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Student General Artist
See, I haven't watched the movie yet, so I have a pretty clean slate. You're perspective on the movie is fascinating and I think I'm going to take in a few accounts of it when I finally watch Frozen. I know you mean the theory to be fun of course, but its always interesting when there's different views on top of the original. Now, there's a different question I want to ask: do you think Elsa's acceptance of her powers is a reference to the LGBTQ movement? Some people have been theorizing that for awhile. 
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kkjeanne Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
... HE WAS SUPPOSED TO HAVE A SWEDISH ACCENT? IS THAT HOW WE SOUND? Oh god oh god I'm never speaking English in public ever again.
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LureLight Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
noooo its solo cute!!!
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trevor4056 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
Woah man woah. :iconmindblownplz: here I was fangirling over the music and you do a freaking autopsy of the history. Bravo.
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Shi-girl Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm part Swedish, Danes love me, Norwegians, pretty much hate me. ;_;
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84pokedude Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You know a fucking LOT.
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MikuWare789 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Danishes!? Oh I :heart: those!!
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NanamiGenji Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Clap 
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lpssaiswhat Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
omg what is Sami? (besides my name) lol
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Chain-of-Destiny Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
Keeping it simple: Sami is nomadic people of Lapland. I was confused too first because Sami is Finnish name:P 
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GrumpKnight Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Student Artist
ohmahgad, you smarty
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Risa-Cami-Fudo Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
So you're basically saying that Disney took a look at Hetalia and history, partly crapped on it and called it a movie?
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Julie-Denka Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Hetalia rocks now :)
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Risa-Cami-Fudo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
^_^
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Julie-Denka Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Lol
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Deerpool Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the way you think
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Risa-Cami-Fudo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Why thank you dear
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Deerpool Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It sounds so funny to think about Disney creators sitting down watching Hetalia taking really extensive notes about nothing and walking away proudly from the experience. :)
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Risa-Cami-Fudo Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
XD It's true though! Based on this person's writings... That what it sounds like
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Deerpool Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, I can picture it now. and yes, Humon is very good at making you feel like something happened meanwhile you have no clue as to if it even did. It's the best picture to have in mind!
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Risa-Cami-Fudo Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
Yep!
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PoorAlternianTrolls Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Student General Artist
it takes place in denmark tho <.>
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Schattenblum Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
The original 'Snow Queen' fairytale is based at the beginning in Denmark, but the storypasses through different areas of Scandinavia. 'Frozen' is only based off of this, so they had to create a whole new country based off of a Scandinavia mix - for one thing, there aren't mountains like that in Denmark. If anything, the 'Southern Isles' realm mentioned is probably an indication of Denmark in this. Arrendelle resembles Norway a lot more.
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ayumu-tan Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
I thought the setting was just Scandinavia in general. How do you know it's Denmark specifically?
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HecticHarmony Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I bet History didn't have a talking snowman though Giggle 
Olaf :love: 
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rookyWriter Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I feel like you should convert this to comic form.
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courtneycourts Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
Interesting theory and it is a very good one at that. I do like how some people think of Hetalia because I do to.
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inlovewithitaly Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
or or or maybe it could just be a fictional movie set in a fictional place
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Yukibow Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Through out reading this my Hetalia mind was like "OMGOMG NORDICS AND ENGLAND!" XD
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Jellyfishiez Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
Me too. xD
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Yukibow Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Yay~ ^U^
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inlovewithitaly Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
me too!!
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