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Duke of weselton

Duke of Weselton (commonly mispronounced as "Weasel Town") is the secondary antagonist of Disney's 2013 animated feature film, Frozen. He is a supercilious and avaricious dignitary with a fear of magic. The Duke visits Arendelle in honor of Queen Elsa's coronation, with plans to exploit the kingdom's riches. When Elsa is revealed to have magical powers, however, the Duke deems her a monster and becomes determined to have her killed.

Disney Bio[]

"What the Duke of Weselton lacks in stature, he makes up for in arrogance and showboating. He’s determined to get close to the new queen—that is, until Elsa’s magical secret is revealed. Then he’s the first to call her a monster and try to turn her own kingdom against her—anything that might help him exploit Arendelle’s tradable goods."

Background[]

The Duke of Weselton is a dignitary from Arendelle's neighboring duchy Weselton. His formal wear is highly decorated with badges and medals, indicating a history of significant accomplishment despite his rather meek demeanor. He is regularly accompanied by two burly bodyguards, who are tasked with protecting the Duke from harm and carrying out his bidding. Despite their loyalty, they are often perplexed by the Duke's eccentricity.

Weselton was, for many years, Arendelle's closest partner in trade—thanks in no small part to the Duke, who maintained a healthy business relationship with Arendelle for the purpose of exploiting the kingdom's riches.

Official Description[]

What the Duke of Weselton lacks in stature, he makes up for in arrogance and showboating. He’s determined to get close to the new queen—that is, until Elsa’s magical secret is revealed. Then he’s the first to call her a monster and try to turn her own kingdom against her—anything that might help him exploit Arendelle’s tradable goods.

Development[]

Initially, the Duke's design was intended for a benign royal handler for Anna and Elsa after the deaths of their parents. The design eventually fell to the wayside, but was revived and reworked when a design was needed for a villainous character that served as a red herring to the plot. Visual development artist Shiyoon Kim expressed that he wanted to portray a fussy royal when conceiving the Duke, hence the wide thick circular glasses, the extraordinary amount of medals, the strait "proper" posture of his torso, and his small stature compared to Anna and Elsa.[1]

Personality[]

The Duke of Weselton presents himself as a friendly and courteous figure—in truth, he is a scheming, conniving, and short-tempered miser that gains the trust of royals solely to exploit their kingdom's riches—as was the case with Queen Elsa of Arendelle.

The Duke is strikingly arrogant and pompous. He carries himself with an air of grand importance, while having low opinions of everyone else around him. He believes himself to be attractive and talented; his favorite method of winning over a royal appears to be offering them a dance and flaunting his dance skills. Contrary to his beliefs, however, the Duke is an extremely poor dancer. For all his confidence, he does not take criticism lightly, as evidenced by his hostility and harshness towards those that mispronounce Weselton as "Weasel Town".

Beneath the grandiosity of his character, the Duke is a coward. When trouble occurs, he will always hide behind his bodyguards and rely on them to subdue the situation—rather than jumping into action himself. The Duke is also mistrusting, as he had preconceived suspicions that Queen Elsa's reclusion was an attempt to hide something dubious. The Duke possesses a deep fear of magic, believing it to be dangerous. He also believes that anyone affiliated with "sorcery" is untrustworthy (if not outright evil), deeming them a blight on society that must be destroyed.

Despite his flaws, the Duke does have a heart to some degree. When Prince Hans announced that Princess Anna was killed by Elsa, the Duke was visibly distraught by the news and expressed sincere sympathy.

Physical appearance[]

The Duke is a short and slender man with pink skin, a large pointed nose, blue eyes, small circular glasses, a gray mustache above his lips, gray hair on the sides and back of his head, and a gray toupee on the top of his head.

The Duke's attire is a dignitary uniform, consisting of a dark blue coat with gold lining, wavy patterns on the collar, a red shirt underneath, medals on the right side of his coat, a red sash hanging diagonally from his left shoulder, epaulets with tassels, red cuffs at the end of his coat's sleeves, white gloves, gray pants, and black boots.

Trivia[]

  • The Duke's real name is currently unknown. In the closing credits, he is referred to as "the Duke". In the Broadway adaptation, he is credited as "Weselton".
    • However, in early concept art where he was the royal handler for Anna and Elsa, he is called Lord Ragnar.
  • The Duke of Weselton is Alan Tudyk's second consecutive role in the Disney animated canon.
  • An overarching theme in Frozen is love versus fear. In regards to this, the Duke of Weselton is a representation of fear.[2]
  • Duke Weaselton, a character from Zootopia, is named after the Duke of Weselton; referencing the mutual voice actor of the two characters, and the mispronunciation of Weselton.
    • Ironically in the Latin American dub of Frozen, Weselton's Spanish pronunciation is almost similar to "Weaselton".
  • In the book Across the Sea, Anna and Elsa actually encounter the Duke again while visiting the kingdom of Vekretta. Though the Duke is still untrusting of Elsa, they end up on somewhat friendlier terms after Elsa relieves the city of a massive heat wave.
    • The Duke is also a recurring character in the comics where he, Anna and Elsa interact better with each other, but they are still not necessarily friends.
  • In Unlocking Arendelle: My Treasured Memories, it's revealed that Elsa amended her proclamation to no longer do business with Weselton to no longer doing business with Weselton through just the Duke specifically.[3]
  • Alan Tudyk later voiced the Northuldra leader in Frozen II.
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