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"Magic makes people feel too powerful ... too entitled. It makes them think they can defy the will of a king!"
— Runeard expressing his reason for distrusting the Northuldra

Runeard
Runeard
Biographical information

Gender

Male

Home

Arendelle castle

Personal information

Occupation

King of Arendelle (formerly)

Enemies

Northuldra

Abilities

Swordsmanship

Weapons

Sword

Other information

Animated appearances

Frozen II

Voiced by

Jeremy Sisto

Runeard was king of Arendelle, father of Agnarr, and the paternal grandfather of Elsa and Anna. During his reign he attempted to improve the relationship between Arendelle and the Northuldra of the Enchanted Forest. Part of this involved constructing a large dam for the Northuldra, ostensibly as a gift of peace to strengthen their waters. The dam was in fact part of a ruse to weaken the Enchanted Forest and the Northuldra. The meeting after the dam's construction saw the Runeard initiate a battle with the Northuldra, during which, while wrestling with a Northuldran, he fell off a cliff to his death.

History

Runeard built Arendelle castle. He also had a son, Agnarr, and had Lieutenant Mattias placed has his personal bodyguard.

He initially attempted to build a strong relationship with the Northuldra, inviting them to Arendelle and the castle. At some point an agreement was reached where Runeard was allowed to build a large dam on the fjord in the Enchanted Forest, supposedly to strengthen its waters for the Northuldra.

A meeting was planned at the dam to celebrate its construction. Before the occasion Runeard ordered for Arendelle's full guard to be brought. Despite an aide's reservations about Runeard's motives, the king explained that he had built the dam to weaken the Northuldrans' lands, so they would be more susceptible to him. He was suspicious of the Northuldra's relationship with magic, believing it would cause them to defy his authority as king. Additionally, Runeard saw the gathering as an opportunity to enumerate the Northuldrans' population to anticipate their total strength.

Runeard brought Agnarr along with the to the gathering. After meeting at the dam and gathering in the forest to celebrate, the Northuldra leader complained to Runeard of the dam hurting the forest. The king suggested they discuss matters further down by the fjord. The leader had gone down first, and while crouched drinking from a bowl, Runeard came from behind and struck him down with his sword.

This caused the battle to commence, during which, as he fought with a Northuldran, Runeard fell off a cliff to his death.

Legacy

Runeard caused a curse to fall on the Forest and trap his men inside, where the survivors stayed for over 35 years until the curse was lifted.

Agnarr never learned the truth about his father, being left uncertain as to the cause of the battle.

In Ahtohallan, Elsa found out the truth about her grandfather.

Personality

Runeard was distrustful of those who used magic, and feared that it would undermine his authority as king. He was quick to take the initiative and strike at the Northuldra, killing their leader while he was unarmed and unaware of Runeard standing behind him. Runeard had a strong conviction that he was doing the right thing for Arendelle, doing so without hesitation.

His fault lay in being fearful of magic through his ignorance of it, which is what ultimately led to his death and the curse being placed on the Enchanted Forest.

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Appearances

Books

Trivia

Gallery

Snowflake

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Preceded by:
Unknown
Ruler of Arendelle
with Rita[1]
Succeeded by:
Agnarr and Iduna


References

  1. Disney Frozen: Unlocking Arendelle: My Treasured Memories
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