"The heart is not so easily changed, but the head can be persuaded."
When Agnarr and Iduna arrived at the Valley of the Living Rock with their daughters, Elsa and Anna, Pabbie greeted the royal family and asked about the nature of Elsa's powers. After learning that Elsa was born with her abilities, Pabbie proceeded to tend to an unconscious and injured Anna, remarking that it was fortunate that she had not been struck in the heart and that healing her head would be relatively simple.
After Agnarr insisted on doing whatever necessary, Pabbie recommended to remove all traces of magic from Anna, including her memories of it. He extracted Anna's memories and altered them, transforming her experiences with Elsa's magic into natural occurrences. After Pabbie finished, Anna smiled, indicating she was all right. Pabbie turned to Elsa and warned her that her powers would continue to grow; he commented on the beauty of her magic, but cautioned Elsa of its danger. Urging Elsa to learn to control her powers, Pabbie also commented that "fear [would] be [her] enemy."
Thirteen years later, Pabbie tended to Anna once more; after the princess fainted during her impromptu wedding ceremony with Kristoff, the troll awakened from his nap sensing "strange magic" and asked to see Anna. He stated that the situation was dire, as the ice in Anna's heart would cause her to freeze to solid ice, forever. When Kristoff asked if he could remove the ice, Pabbie gravely stated that he could not and that "only an act of true love" could thaw a frozen heart.
Pabbie is a gentle and benevolent troll. Though he recommended erasing Anna's memories of Elsa's magic, he was sympathetic enough to "leave the fun" of her experiences intact. And despite the dire nature of the circumstances he faced, the elderly troll was always calm and patient in his explanations. However, his tendency to be cryptic with words caused Elsa and her parents to choose to live in fear.
Pabbie possesses magical abilities and is able to heal others by removing deleterious magic from their bodies, as shown by Anna's recovery. However, his powers are not without limitations, as the magical affliction on Anna's heart proved impossible for him to remedy. Pabbie also demonstrated the ability to manipulate memories; he uses this ability with precision, able to leave Anna's snow experiences mostly intact merely by replacing the snow generated by Elsa with natural precipitation. The elderly troll has an affinity to the aurora borealis and is able to conduct its lights to generate images. Using the aurora, he was able to show Elsa a vision of herself in the future being attacked by shadowy figures, indicating that he also has a degree of clairvoyance.
In addition to his magical abilities, Pabbie has a great understanding of magic itself, as he counseled Elsa on the danger of her abilities and alluded to how they could be controlled. And though unable to heal Anna's frozen heart, he knew that only an act of true love could save the princess. Pabbie also is aware of the presence of magic, having sensed Elsa's magic after Anna collapsed.
As with the other trolls, Pabbie can curl into a ball, taking on the appearance of a rock. He can also roll about in this form for transportation.
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- Pabbie is described as being "as old as the Earth", but he refuses to reveal his exact age to anyone.
- Pabbie has arthritis.
- The term that Pabbie is sometimes referred to, "Grand Pabbie", is phonetically similar to "grandpappy", a word for grandfather.
- Additionally, Pabbie is referred to as "Pabbie/Grandpa" in the film credits.
- Pabbie appears in the fourth season of the ABC show, Once Upon a Time, and is voiced by John-Rhys Davies.
- August, John (January 28, 2014). Scriptnotes, Episode 128: Frozen with Jennifer Lee. Retrieved on December 29, 2014.
- Lee, Jennifer (September 23, 2013). "Frozen Final Shooting Draft", page 7.
- Lee, Jennifer (September 23, 2013). "Frozen Final Shooting Draft", page 6.
- Frozen: The Essential Guide, page 51.