"A vision of grace, wisdom and strength of character, Queen Elinor is fiercely dedicated to the well being of her family and kingdom. As the measured, diplomatic counterpoint to her more impulsive husband, King Fergus, Elinor carries the weight of the kingdom on her shoulders in order to maintain the fragile peace between the volatile clans. Elinor strives to instill in Merida the knowledge and manner of a royal, expecting complete commitment to Elinor’s standards. But her vision of her daughter’s future is at odds with Merida’s rebellious spirit and desire to forge her own path, which ultimately causes Elinor to face calamitous consequences."
At the beginning, Fergus gave Merida a bow and Elinor and Fergus watched Merida shoot her arrow and miss. She ran into the woods and retrieved the arrow, watched by a demon in the form of an old giant short faced bear with red evil eyes named Mor'du. He reared up, roaring at Fergus and swiped his leg off.
Years later, Queen Elinor was turned into a giant short faced bear by a witch's spell.
- If Elinor’s hair were always unwrapped, it would be about six feet, six inches long (200 cm).
- Emma Thompson, Elinor's voice actress, also portrayed the titular Nanny McPhee and Captain Amelia from Treasure Planet.
- The reason Elinor was turned into a bear is to show how far a mother bear will go to protect her child, as shown in the climax with Mor'du.
- Just like Marlin who is another Pixar character who is a parent, Elinor too has a rocky relationship with her offspring in the beginning of the film.