Did anyone ever make the connection that, because Olaf is a continuation of Elsa and her powers, that his fascination with Summer and “warm hugs" could be Elsa’s longing for it?
I have a feeling that the cold did bother Elsa, no matter what she may believe herself. Because if Olaf is implied to be a part of her, he would manifest her inner desires: keeping Anna safe, being there for her, and getting away from the cold.
Elsa really distanced herself from Anna and her parents. Over time, especially as a little girl, she would of grown to resent not just herself, but the thing that destroyed her life in the first place, her powers. Elsa probably only dreamed of warm weather, of feeling the sun on her skin—there have been a few headcanon’s going around that she was most likely cold to touch. After all, having ice constantly itch under your skin would probably have that effect.
Elsa put all her desire of warmth into Olaf. She put her inner hatred for her magic into Olaf. He wanted the summer because Elsa hated the cold.
The cold may not have bothered her physically, but emotionally? It got to her, and we see that, not in her calm exterior, but how Olaf wears his heart on his sleeve.
You took the words right out of my mouth. I have a headcanon in which I sort of say the same thing (although mine was a little more superficial). Olaf loves summer because Elsa does too.
But the problem is, as much as she longed for the summer, she couldn’t stand it physically. She would get sick when it was warm. Why? Well with ice practically living in you, you would too.
Elsa probably loved the feel of the sun against her skin as it provided her with some sort of warmth. But she could never stand it long because she felt like melting right then and there. And even then, the sun wasn’t enough to fulfill her desire for it because it wasn’t the kind of warmth she truly craved.
What kind of warmth did she crave for? The kind you get from a warm hug. The ones the people that love you give you. And since she distanced herself from her family, she never felt this kind of warmth for years. So without a doubt, she grew to hate everything about herself, especially her powers.
So yes, I agree with you wholeheartedly that Elsa poured all of her longings and hatred of the cold into Olaf when she made him. She didn’t realize it at the time, but she did.