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But, my dear, I must warn you, the truth has a way of coming out, one way or the other.

—Grand Pabbie to Gerda src

Grand Pabbie is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. He débuts in the first episode of the fourth season and is voiced by guest star John Rhys-Davies.

Grand Pabbie is based on the character of the same name from the Disney film, Frozen.


Before First Curse

In Arendelle, Grand Pabbie listens to the plight of one of the royal princesses, Gerda, as she expresses sorrow at losing her sisters, Ingrid and Helga. He consoles her and asks how it happened, but she refuses to speak of it out of grief. Due to the unknown tragedy, Gerda requests a memory potion powerful enough to wipe everyone's memories of her sisters. Pabbie agrees to help her, but he warns the truth has a way of coming out one way or the other and that there will be a magical price extracted at her expense. Nonetheless, Gerda consents, and soon after, all of Arendelle forgets Ingrid and Helga. ("The Snow Queen")

Years later, Gerda becomes Queen of Arendelle and has two daughters, Elsa and Anna. When Elsa exhibits ice powers, she and her husband decide to visit Mist Haven to find a solution. They take the voyage under the guise of a diplomatic mission to the Northern Isles, but the royals reveal to Pabbie of where they are actually headed. On their homebound trip, Gerda and her husband die in a storm as Elsa becomes the next Queen. While planning Anna's wedding to Kristoff, the sisters discover their mother's diary ambiguously referencing their reason for travelling out of Arendelle was due to their eldest daughter's magic. Anna and Elsa then consult Pabbie for answers, and he admits their parents were going to Mist Haven, though their reason for it is not known to him. ("A Tale of Two Sisters")

When Anna visits Pabbie again, she brings a companion, Belle, who wishes to reclaim lost memories of her mother's death. Using magic, he extracts them from Belle's mind and transforms it into a stone. Pabbie instructs her to return to the place where she lost her memories, boil the stone in a tea and drink it to remember what was lost. With Belle's matter settled, Anna privately asks him about a woman, Ingrid, claiming to be her deceased mother's sister. Anna is in disbelief, as she believes her mother has no sisters, but he reveals Ingrid is not lying. Pabbie explains that her mother, Gerda, is the youngest of her two other sisters, Ingrid and Helga, and the three often played together as children. To his knowledge, he doesn't know how Ingrid and Helga disappeared, but it was a tragedy that prompted the two sisters to be erased from everyone's memories. Pabbie informs Anna of this, but he obscures that it was Gerda who requested her sisters' existences to be wiped clean. Worried for Elsa's safety and suspecting Ingrid is up to no good, Anna abruptly leaves with Belle. ("The Snow Queen", "Family Business")

Magical Abilities


Rock trolls


  • Solid lines denote blood relationship
  • Dashed lines denote engagement relationships
  • Kristoff was adopted by rock trolls, including Grand Pabbie.


Production Notes

  • His casting call described him as "gentle, wise and the source of unexpected insight."[1]



  1. Ng, Philana (July 28, 2014). 'Once Upon a Time' Books John Rhys-Davies in 'Frozen' Role. Hollywood Reporter. “As in Frozen, Pabbie is "gentle, wise and the source of unexpected insight."”
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