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We might not make it home, but this could.
Gerda to her husband src

Gerda's Letter is an item featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time. It first appears in the first episode of the fourth season.

History

Before First Curse
During a sea voyage home to Arendelle, Queen Gerda's ship is caught in a terrible storm. Realizing she and her husband will not make it out alive, Gerda hastily jots down a long note to her daughters Elsa and Anna, explaining her past with her sisters, Helga and Ingrid. Within it, she expresses her remorse about hiding Ingrid and Elsa out of fear for their powers. Gerda also regrets letting that fear get the better of her by turning on Ingrid when she should have been there for her. She pleads for her daughters to set things right and restore their aunts' memory to the people with a memory stone she's attached to the message. Gerda also wants Ingrid free from her prison. She requests that the girls give her apologetic words to their aunt: that she always loved her and would give anything to hold her hand again like Ingrid wanted. After sealing it in a glass bottle, Gerda makes her way above deck with her husband, who is clutching the bottle as they struggle to get to the railing. Her husband asks her if she's sure they are doing the right thing. Gerda is certain; they might not make it home and Elsa and Anna must know the truth. Her husband then throw it overboard in hopes it will one day fall into Elsa and Anna's possession. The ship then capsizes and sinks, along with the queen and her consort. ("A Tale of Two Sisters")

After Second Curse

Anna and her fiance Kristoff are sentenced to death by Hans and locked inside a coffer which is thrown into the sea. The coffer sinks and hits the seafloor, where it fills with water. Unbeknownst to Anna and Kristoff, the coffer is sitting right next to Gerda's old message in a bottle, which is now covered in barnacles. Due to the power of Elsa's belief in finding her sister, and her possession of a wishing star, the coffer and the message are transported to the shores of Storybrooke, where the siblings reunite. ("Fall")

When Storybrooke is under the effect of of the spell of shattered sight, Anna and Kristoff are teleported back to the beach by Regina. Kristoff, who is under the influence of the spell, proclaims he is swimming home to Arendelle, while Anna suggests it's unlikely since they came through a portal. Kristoff then complains about his complicated life such as a sister-in-law who can set off eternal winter, Anna's aunt Ingrid who wants to kill everyone, and his fiance who postponed the wedding. As Kristoff takes off his boots to dive into the ocean, Anna trips over the bottle and then uses it to knock him out. Anna finds a scroll inside and discovers it's a note from her mother.

Rushing into Ingrid's snow lair, Anna reads the letter to Elsa, Emma and Ingrid. They learn Gerda, remorseful about wiping people's memories of her sisters, wants Anna and Elsa to use a crystal to restore the kingdom's memories of Ingrid and Helga. Additionally, Gerda requests that Ingrid be freed from the urn and states she truly loved her sister and regretted trapping her away. Convinced those words are lies, Ingrid throws Elsa and Emma backwards and chokes Anna, who desperately talks her out of it. Though she hasn't lived with magic as her aunt has, Anna reasons that if Gerda loved her, it means they too are family, and family never gives up on each other. After releasing Anna, Ingrid takes the letter. When she touches the scroll crystal, she receives Gerda's happy memories with her and Helga. Realizing she always had her sisters' love, Ingrid destroys herself to ensure the spell of shattered sight is lifted. Fittingly, Anna and Elsa decide they must restore the memory of Ingrid and Helga to the people of Arendelle. ("Shattered Sight")

Trivia

On-Screen Notes

WRITTEN VERSION[3]
AUDIO VERSION
Dearest darling daughters,
you need to know the truth about
why we went to this voyage.
It wasn't what we told you.
I wish we could be telling you
in person but alas that does not
appear possible.
Elsa, Anna, time is running out. I do
not know if your father and I
will ever get back to you
but I need you to know we
were so wrong. We were wrong to
tell Elsa to conceal her powers.
You must know this. I feel terrible.
This happened before and I
cannot let it happen again.
Elsa, Anna, I
don't know if your father and I
will ever get back to you,
but I need you to know we
were wrong to
tell Elsa to conceal her powers.
I feel terrible
that it happened before and I
can't let it happen again.
Years ago I made the same
mistake with my sister Ingrid.
She like you had ice powers.
I never told you about my
sisters Helga and Ingrid.
My sister Ingrid, like you, also had ice powers.
I never told you about
her or my other sister Helga, but I should have.
They
were beautiful and kind and
Ingrid they they were beautiful [sic]
and kind and wonderful and I [sic]
was fearful and I let that fear
guide me.
They were beautiful
and kind and wonderful, and I
was fearful. And I let that fear
guide me.
I made the mistake
of letting Ingrid hide when we
should have celebrated her for
how she was. I loved her so much.
I let Ingrid hide when I
should have celebrated her for
the person she was. I loved her so much.
In this crystal are the memory
of my sisters which I stole from
the people of Arendelle.
Please return them. My sisters
deserve to be known. In a
cave in the north valley, you will
find an urn that contains my
sister Ingrid. Please do what I
should have done years ago and
release her.
In this crystal are the memories
of my sisters, which I stole from
the people of Arendelle.
Please return them. My sisters
deserve to be known. In a
cave in the North Valley, you'll
find an urn that contains
Ingrid. Please do what I
should have done long ago and
release her.
She deserves to
be remembered and more
importantly like you, Elsa and
Anna, she deserves to be loved.
When you see her, please tell her
I love her and that I am sorry. Tell
her I would give anything to take
back what I did, to hold hands with
her just one more time.
When you see her, please tell her
I love her and I'm sorry.
I'd give anything to take
back what I did, to hold her hands
one more time.
All my love, mama.

Appearances

References

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  2. File:410LetterTop.png
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  3. Panya (October 11, 2014; updated on December 12, 2014). Some Runes Used in "Once Upon A Time" Season 4 (WordPress). Panya's Blog: Linguistic Aspects.

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