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This article focuses on the first iteration of the Enchanted Forest.
For the second iteration, see New Enchanted Forest.

Elsa: What do we even know about this Misthaven? How have I never heard of it?
Kristoff: You might know it better by what the inhabitants call it.
Elsa: What's that?
Kristoff: The Enchanted Forest.

Elsa and Kristoff src

Misthaven,[1] also known as the Enchanted Forest, is a Fairy Tale Land realm featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time and Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. It first appears in the first episode of the first season of Once Upon a Time.


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Before First Curse

Hundreds of years after gaining magic and immortality from the Holy Grail, the Sorcerer Merlin decides to remove these powers from himself by using the Flame of Prometheus to mold the Grail into the sword Excalibur. Instead, this unintentionally creates the very first Dark One, Nimue, after she drinks from the Grail to gain immortality and darkens her own heart by Vortigan. Merlin then creates a dagger from the sword tip of Excalibur as a way to control her and protect the realm from her. ("Nimue")

With his Apprentice, the Sorcerer also goes on to choose an Author, whose sole responsibility is to witness and record real-life stories in a magical storybook. ("Best Laid Plans")

The Dark One's powers pass down to various other people throughout the years, with the transfer of power occurring when a person kills the Dark One with the dagger and becomes the new Dark One. ("Desperate Souls", "Nimue")

An Ogre War lasting fourteen years plagues the realm, with at least one unnamed kingdom resorting to recruiting children over the age of thirteen to become soldiers in the war. It is during this that a wool spinner, Rumplestiltskin, kills the current Dark One, Zoso, and becomes the next Dark One. ("Desperate Souls")

Rumplestiltskin later uses his newly gained dark power to stop the Ogre War. ("Ill-Boding Patterns")

A second Ogre War occurs as well, but not much is known about this, except that Widow Lucas' six brothers were veterans of this war. ("Red-Handed")

In King Xavier's kingdom, his son Prince Henry marries a miller's daughter, Cora, once she proves her worth by spinning straw into gold, which helps replenish their kingdom's coffers. Cora has a daughter, Regina, with her husband, whom she vows will be queen one day. She enacts this plans years later, when Regina is of marriageable age, by poisoning Queen Eva, King Leopold's wife, leaving him a widow. Cora then instigates a situation to have Regina impress Leopold and win his favor with a marriage proposal. Regina unhappily marries Leopold and becomes stepmother to his daughter Snow White.

After the latest Author, Walt Disney, dies, the Sorcerer and his Apprentice choose Isaac Heller for the job. ("Operation Mongoose Part 1")

Years later, after Snow White has blossomed into a young woman, Regina manipulates the Genie of Agrabah into killing Leopold. Regina attempts to have her stepdaughter killed as well, but she escapes unharmed. Snow becomes a wanted fugitive throughout the kingdom when Regina claims she is responsible for Leopold's death. Regina offers up rewards to villagers if they forfeit Snow's location, but they refuse, with many of them being executed for their defiance. ("The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter", "Fruit of the Poisonous Tree", "The Stable Boy", "The Queen Is Dead", "The Miller's Daughter", "The Evil Queen", "Lost Girl")

On Sir Maurice's lands, he gains soldiers from Lord LeGume for combating the ogre skirmishes, by having his daughter Belle accept a marriage proposal from LeGume's son Gaston. However, even this is alliance is not enough to stop the ogres from breaching Maurice's castle, resulting in the death of his wife Colette. Maurice's desperation to protect his people from the ogres leads him to call upon Rumplestiltskin for help. In exchange for keeping the ogres away, Belle agrees to become Rumplestiltskin's eternal servant. ("Skin Deep", "Family Business", "Her Handsome Hero")

A shepherd, David, unexpectedly becomes a prince when he masquerades as his deceased twin brother James, the adoptive son of King George. He is later made to continue playing this role by becoming betrothed to King Midas' daughter Abigail. ("The Shepherd")

In another kingdom in the Enchanted Forest, Cinderella makes a deal with Rumplestiltskin to go to a ball, where she wins the heart of Prince Thomas and ends up marrying him. ("The Price of Gold")

After being uncursed, Snow attempts to rally people to fight alongside with her to take back the kingdom from the Queen. Regina wants Snow to give up her claim to the throne, however, the princess instead declares war against her stepmother. Regina joins forces with King George's army, but when his soldiers are defeated, Snow receives aid from the Blue Fairy to capture Regina. The war council votes to have Regina publicly executed for her crimes, but Snow calls it off at the last moment and decides to give another chance to the former Queen. When Regina still proves herself to be vengeful, Snow banishes her from the kingdom, vowing to kill her if she ever harms another person again. ("Lost Girl", "The Cricket Game")

Because the Author Isaac used his powers to manipulate people to create "better stories", the Apprentice banishes Isaac into his recording book. ("Best Laid Plans")

On the day of Snow and Prince Charming's wedding, the Queen announces her intentions of getting revenge by taking away everyone's happiness. The couple receives information from Rumplestiltskin about the Queen's curse, and that the only person who can stop her is their unborn child, who will break the curse in twenty-eight years. The day the curse is cast, Snow goes into labor early and gives birth to a baby girl, Emma, whom Charming sends into the magic wardrobe to ensure she will find them again in twenty-eight years. The curse then engulfs the Enchanted Forest, except for a portion of land that Cora protected with her magic, which whisks the inhabitants to another realm. ("Pilot")

During First Curse

Twenty-eight years later, still by the time of the Dark Curse, time moves forward once more in all the lands with magic, including the Enchanted Forest when the Savior decides to stay in Storybrooke. ("Broken")

Because of Cora's magic on a portion of land not touched by the curse, the inhabitants in this area survive by building a Safe Haven to protect themselves from the ogres dominating the land. ("Broken", "Lady of the Lake")

Before Second Curse
Sometime before Snow White and her allies return to the Enchanted Forest, Aurora and Prince Phillip repair their kingdom and defeat the roaming ogres. They face a new threat, the Wicked Witch, and in time, Snow and Charming learn from Glinda that only Emma is strong enough to defeat her. Snow decides to recast the Dark Curse by sacrificing Charming's heart, but before the curse spreads, the Wicked Witch adds a potion to make everyone forget about their time spent in the Enchanted Forest. In fear that Charming's death was all for nothing, Snow allows Regina to split her heart so she and her husband can share halves of the same heart, allowing both of them to survive. This works, with Charming being revived, just before the curse engulfs them as well as the other Enchanted Forest inhabitants, sending them back to Storybrooke. ("New York City Serenade", "Witch Hunt", "A Curious Thing")

After Second Curse
After the author Isaac used his powers for himself, the job passes down from him and the quill chooses its new Author: Henry Mills. ("Operation Mongoose Part 2")

Before Third Curse

After taking the darkness into herself, Emma becomes the new Dark One and emerges from the vault. As the dark side tries to tempt her, she tries to find her way to Camelot, and meets a young woman named Merida. Emma's friends and loved ones travel to the Enchanted Forest by cyclone, where they are reunited with Emma. King Arthur and his knights find them and take them to their kingdom, Camelot, to help find the sorcerer, Merlin, who went missing. ("The Dark Swan")

However, in time, Arthur's ulterior motives come to light and he takes Emma's family captive, threatening to kill them unless she hands over the Dark One Dagger. Emma is able to free them, but Hook receives a deadly wound from Arthur's sword Excalibur which cannot be healed by magic, making his death inevitable. In a desperate bid to save the man she loves, Emma fully embraces her role as the Dark One by using dark magic to tether Hook to Excalibur, and Hook later emerges from the vault as the second Dark One. ("Birth", "Broken Heart")

After Hook's transformation, he is greeted by a manifestation of the darkness in the form of Rumplestiltskin, who offers him help to seek revenge on the real Rumplestiltskin. Because Merlin is the person that the first Dark One, Nimue, loved the most and Nimue still lives inside all Dark Ones, Hook enacts the Dark Curse by ripping out Merlin's heart and crushing it. Heartbroken and desperate to fix her mistakes, Emma uses a dreamcatcher to remove everyone's memories of what happened, including Hook's, in the hopes she can find a way to remove the darkness in Hook without him knowing about it. The curse sends everyone back to the Land Without Magic, with Merida and many of the Camelot residents also being swept up in the curse as well. ("Broken Heart")

Society and Culture


For detailed location information, please see the Enchanted Forest Locations category or the list of minor Enchanted Forest locations.


The Enchanted Forest is divided into kingdoms, much as the Land Without Magic is currently divided into countries. Known kingdoms of the Enchanted Forest are:

S Ep Kingdom Seat Ruler(s) Notes
1 1 122Proposal.png The Royal Castle Snow White and Prince Charming Formerly ruled by King George; overtaken after the "War to Take Back the Kingdom".
2 511Hyah!.png The Evil Queen's Palace Snow White and Prince Charming Formerly ruled by the Evil Queen; overtaken after the "War to Take Back the Kingdom".
4 104EnchantedForest.png The King's Castle The King Prince Thomas and Cinderella's home kingdom
12 517MauriceCastle.png Sir Maurice's Castle Sir Maurice Belle's home kingdom
2 1 201Palace.png Aurora's Palace Aurora and Prince Phillip Previously ruled by King Stefan and Queen Briar Rose
Unknown Unknown Prince Phillip's home kingdom
16 216ThrowingJug.png King Xavier's Castle King Xavier Prince Henry and Cora Mills' home kingdom
3 4 321RestForAMoment.png Unknown The King Liam Jones and Killian Jones served in his army
6 306AnEvilQueen.png Prince Eric's Castle Unknown Prince Eric's home kingdom
14 314HelpMe!.png The King and the Queen's Castle The King and the Queen Rapunzel's home kingdom
The Northern Kingdom
Unknown Unknown Princess Eva's home kingdom
21 321ItsSoGold.png King Midas' Castle King Midas Princess Abigail's home kingdom
5 17
Unknown Lord LeGume Gaston's home kingdom next to Maurice's.

Additionally, there are some other locations:


  • Bolded Names are canon location names. Such names have been given in-show by characters themselves.
  • The name that appears first within a couple denotes who inherited the kingdom
  • "Formerly ruled by" denotes that the previous ruler was either overthrown or removed from power by force. "Previously ruled by" denotes that the current ruler inherited the kingdom.


^: Current inhabitants
*: This inhabitant's status and/or current whereabouts is unknown
†: Deceased inhabitants
No mark: Taken to Storybrooke via either the first or second Dark Curse
º: In Storybrooke via other means
F:Former inhabitants


On-Screen Notes


Production Notes

Filming Locations

Other Notes

  • In ABC's Galavant, King Richard mentions "an Evil Queen" ruling over a place called "the Enchanted Forest", as a nod from showrunner Kat Likkel to "a friend".[28] In the show, the queen turns out to be the owner of "The Enchanted Forest", which is actually a gay pub.


Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.


  1. "A Tale of Two Sisters", Once Upon a Time, ABC.
  2. Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis on Season One DVD/Blu-ray Commentary for "Pilot"
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  6. 6.0 6.1 Red's Untold Tale, Wendy Toliver, Kingswell Teen, September 2015, p. 3. PDF facsimile.
  7. Red's Untold Tale, Wendy Toliver, Kingswell Teen, September 2015, ch. Six: "Sprigs of holly crisscrossed the length of the table, and the whole effect was lovely, like a Christmas tea party in one of my old storybooks."
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  9. Regina Rising, Wendy Toliver, Kingswell Teen, April 2017, p. 271
  10. Regina Rising, Wendy Toliver, Kingswell Teen, April 2017, p. 19 − 20
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  18. Mitovich, Matt Webb (September 13, 2015). Once Upon a Time Season 5 Preview: Emma/Hook in Danger, Regina's Great Challenge, 'Hannibal' Zelena and More. TVLine. “TVLINE | To be clear, Camelot's timeline is parallel to ours? HOROWITZ | It works just like The Enchanted Forest or Arendelle. They're all just a few days ride away from each other.”
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  27. TwitterLogo.svg @par995 (PatRich 👩🏽) on Twitter (April 21, 2013). "I was a bit let down to see everything is green or blue screened. I imagined grand sets of castles. Is the forest real?" (screenshot)
    TwitterLogo.svg @JeffreyEKaiser (Jeffrey Kaiser) on Twitter (April 21, 2013). "The forest is very real. Out in Golden Ears Park, beautiful." (screenshot)
  28. TwitterLogo.svg @klikkonthis (Kat Likkel) on Twitter (January 14, 2016). "Always say thanks to a friend who lets you keep their spot warm." (screenshot)
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