Frozen Heart

I adore listening to movie soundtracks and musicals, so naturally, Disney fits right in there. I have been listening to the Frozen soundtrack, with lyrics written by Robert and Kristen Anderson Lopez, and this song just spoke to me today.

Frozen Heart

Born of cold and winter air and mountain rain combining

This icy force both foul and fair has a frozen heart worth mining

So cut through the heart, cold and clear

Strike for love and strike for fear

See the beauty sharp and sheer

Split the ice apart

And break the frozen heart

Beautiful, powerful, dangerous, cold

Ice has a magic can’t be controlled

Stronger than one, stronger than ten, stronger than a hundred men! Ugh!

Born of cold and winter air and mountain rain combining

This icy force both foul and fair has a frozen heart worth mining

Cut through the heart, cold and clear

Strike for love and strike for fear

There’s beauty and there’s danger here

Split the ice apart

Beware the frozen heart

At the beginning of the song, we learn that the icy force (a.k.a. a frozen heart) is born from cold and winter air and mountain rain combining. I love this imagery here because when someone is treated in a cold manner the winter air chills the heart and it begins to freeze. Those two elements come from a bully. I like to think that the mountain rain is the victim’s icy tears of hurt and hate for the people who hurt them, which finalizes the freezing of their heart.

This icy force is the victim’s heart. It’s called foul and fair because I think there is some righteous anger here to stand up for yourself or for others who are being hurt. Of course, fair might also mean beautiful instead of just. Along with that fair nature, there is a thirst for revenge pointing to the foul nature of a frozen heart. It doesn’t matter which way the heart is leaning, the song tells us that the heart is worth mining, which speaks to my soul like a lover to his beloved. It is such a sweet idea that I need reminding of on the bad days. My heart is always worth saving.

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The song tells us to cut through the heart which is cold and clear, it sounds like this is an attempt to get to the heart underneath the ice. The ice workers in the song work hard all day to be able to cut the ice. These men have some serious muscle under their coats because it takes hard work to cut through ice. Likewise, a frozen heart isn’t going to melt right away and you won’t be able to break through on the first try. If you want to break the ice around someone’s heart, it takes persistence and strength.

Then the lyrics add on to that sentiment telling us to strike for love and strike for fear. You’re breaking through the ice out of love for the person and I think out of fear of what they will become with a frozen heart. It could also point to the fact that many people strike out at people with frozen hearts out of fear of them, like the Duke of Wesselton wanted to strike Elsa down out of fear of her powers. In a well-intended, but still harmful gesture, the King and Queen struck out at Elsa in fear by hiding her away, sending the message to Elsa that she is to be feared because there is something wrong with her which makes her dangerous.

See the beauty sharp and sheer. The authors of these lyrics have amazing minds. It warms my heart (teehee) to understand that they can see the beauty in a cold, icy heart. Your frozen heart doesn’t make you ugly. Because the ice is beautiful and sheer, we can see the heart beneath and know that that goodness is still there and its still beautiful.

Split the ice apart and break the frozen heart. I like to think that this is a sort of last call to strike with all your strength to break the ice around the heart because the ice harvesters sing through the whole thing over again (with a bit of a verse in between), but this time they end with there’s beauty and there’s danger here, split the ice apart, beware the frozen heart. They’re saying, strike hard and strike now because a frozen heart may be beautiful but it is definitely dangerous.

The verse says that the ice is beautiful, powerful, dangerous and cold. That ice has a magic that cannot be controlled. Its stronger than a hundred men! Which makes Elsa even cooler (oh boy). Like there’s this legend of the magic in the ice which no man has ever been able to control, and here comes Elsa who figures it out (with difficulty admittedly) and the ice magic bows to her will.

This song speaks to the transformation that can happen to a heart when it is hurt and the beauty and danger of that transformation. It sets up the story of Frozen perfectly, and it shows us that everyone is worth saving. If you’re someone who is having trouble believing that, pay attention. You might be hearing that you are worthless from horrible people, but the rest of us know better. We know that everyone is worth saving, even you with all your terrible parts. Over time, those parts can be chipped away with hard work and it will all be worth it because we know the beauty of the heart underneath.

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