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Magic Urn
General Information
Status

Destroyed

Origin

Enchanted Forest

Physical Description
Type

Magic Urn

Color

Gold

Usage Information
Possessed by

Anna

Used by

Anna

Used on

Elsa

  • Ingrid
Used for

Entrapping a magic user

Show Information
First appearance

There's No Place Like Home

Latest appearance

Smash the Mirror

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The Magic Urn is a magical item featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time. It first appears in the twenty-second episode of the third season.

HistoryEdit

Before First CurseEdit

Feared for her magic powers, the Snow Queen is imprisoned in a mystical urn, which is hidden in a cave within the Southern Mountains. After some time, the Snow Queen's sister's daughter, Queen Elsa of Arendelle, is under threat when she learns Prince Hans is attempting to seize the throne by entrapping her in an urn. With Kristoff, Elsa discovers the relic. Though he insists it must be destroyed, she curiously wonders if the ancient runes on the urn can reveal if there are others with the same powers as hers. When pressed, she still refuses to get rid of the urn. In the next moment, Hans and three of his brothers surround them. Elsa counters with ice magic, but she forfeits the urn when Hans threatens Kristoff's life. Regretful that she didn't trust Kristoff before, Elsa apologizes for her lapse of judgement and puts him in charge of finding Anna and saving Arendelle after she is gone. Smugly, Hans remarks that a monster like Elsa should not rule a kingdom, and then he uncaps the urn. As a white liquid spills out onto the ground, she looks on in tears as the substance creeps up to her. To Elsa's surprise, the fluid stops before reaching her and slithers to the side where it materializes into the Snow Queen. Insulted at Hans' prior remark, the Snow Queen turns him into an ice statue. Returning to the castle with Elsa, the Snow Queen admits she is her aunt and promises to help find Anna. ("Rocky Road")

For unknown reasons, Elsa is later trapped in the urn and loses her memories of what transpired before the incident. Additionally, she forgets having met the Snow Queen. The urn ends up in Rumplestiltskin's hands and he stores it in his vault, which is filled with magical items that are beyond his control. ("There's No Place Like Home")

For unknown reasons, Elsa is later trapped in the urn and loses her memories of what caused the incident. Additionally, she forgets having met the Snow Queen. The urn ends up in Rumplestiltskin's hands and he stores it in his vault, which is filled with magical items that are beyond his control. When Emma and Hook time-travel to the past, the pair intend to return home with a woman, Marian, who they rescued from execution. However, Emma is unable to open a portal to the future from a wand Rumplestiltskin provided. The Dark One believes the twosome are a danger since they are from the future, so he entraps all three of them in his vault. In one of the vault cabinets, Hook takes out the urn by chance as he searches for something that might help them in their dilemma. Emma, after reaching an epiphany about herself, regains her magic and channels a portal. While Hook is pulled into the opening, Rumplestiltskin grabs Emma and demands answers about what happens to his missing son in the future. After learning his son will die, a shocked Rumplestiltskin lets go of Emma, who disappears into the portal. As he gulps down a potion to erase his memory of what she said, the urn is sucked in as well. ("Snow Drifts", "There's No Place Like Home")

After Second CurseEdit

Through a portal, Emma, Hook and Marian land in present-day Storybrooke. Unknown to them, a magic urn has also come through the gateway. When left unnoticed, the item cracks as a woman wielding ice powers, Elsa, breaks out of it. After freeing herself, she smashes the urn, courtesy of her own magic, into bits. Unsure with her surroundings, Elsa walks out to explore, but soon discovers she is caught in an unfamiliar land. After finding her sister Anna's necklace in a pawnshop, Elsa enacts an ice wall blocking the residents from leaving town until she is reunited with her sibling. Despite her mistrust of strangers, she quickly forms an alliance with David, Emma and Hook, who promise to assist in the search for Anna. Realizing the urn time-traveled from the past, Emma questions Mr. Gold about why he once possessed the vase. As proof of his own innocence, he allows Belle to command him, with the dagger, into being truthful. However, the dagger is a fake and Mr. Gold lies about not knowing anything about Elsa, Anna or the urn. When a resident is afflicted with a freezing spell, Elsa is blamed, but she believes someone else is responsible. In a showdown, Elsa comes face-to-face with the Snow Queen, who claims they once knew each other. Shockingly, the Snow Queen also alleges Anna put Elsa in the urn. ("There's No Place Like Home", "A Tale of Two Sisters", "White Out", "Rocky Road")

TriviaEdit

  • In the captain's quarters aboard the Jolly Roger, there is an urn[1] bearing an almost identical resemblance to the Magic Urn; the only difference being the lid. ("Snow Drifts")
  • When Elsa touches the urn, two of the strange characters[2] are Elder Futhark :
    • Laguz (L), meaning "water" or "lake"
    • Isaz (I), meaning "ice"
      • The characters also look similar to old Italic script,[3] which the runic alphabet was derived from.

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