When Elsa was imprisoned in her room, she and Anna communicated with each other by slipping each other lovingly written letters under her door for years on end. In a burst of emotion, Anna once referenced Dante’s Inferno in an exchange with her sister. This series of letters looks back on Anna’s poetic rubric, which the sisters continue to revisit to this day: the passage of time, cold, eternity, and warmth a constant theme in their conversations.
“When you came to me you were like an adventurer, your warm torch lighting my icy keep. When our eyes met, my heart danced, despite my terror of hurting you. You once said you’d follow me down into Cocytus. You weren’t bluffing, were you? My intruder of my heart.” – Elsa, to Queen Anna
“You worry about my chasing you. You think you might end up somewhere I can’t follow? You’re wrong. Whether in your old ice palace, across the Dark Sea, or in your new domain in the forest, I follow the queen of my heart to the highest peak or the darkest cavern.” – Queen Anna, to Elsa
“Your touch is the spring to my winter, the warming light of dawn touching the cool fjord at daybreak. You follow me as surely as spring follows winter, flowers, leaves and wheat growing in my snowflake wake. My Persephone.” – Elsa, to Queen Anna
“Do you believe we could come back in different lives and encounter each other all over again? The tides of history are capricious and cruel, but I’d love nothing else than to see you again… in another age, another world.” – Queen Anna, to Elsa
“You know I love to touch and to be touched. That’s always been the real me, though not everyone has seen that side of me. But, oh my, do you know this part of me well. And so you never hesitate to hold me, and invite me to hold you too. I’m nothing less than my true self when you hold the keys to my door, unlocking me and making your home in me so effortlessly.” – Elsa, to Queen Anna