Monday, August 24, 2009

Lapidus map

I'm not sure if anyone found this before but I received a mail from Gunnie who spotted this map fragment in S04E11 and was able to identify the islands illustrated on it. Thanks a lot, Gunnie!


Just watched S04E11

At 34:55 Jack pulls out a map from the bag that Lapidus dropped from his chopper.

The map is of Tarawa atoll in the Republic of Kiribati…
Tarawa is located at Latitude 1°22'47" N, Longitude 173°09'06" E

USA used this area for nuclear testing and the republic is now days the first nation we expect to disappear due to global warming.

I guess that the island (before it moved) was close to Tarawa, since Lapidus had folded the map like that.

Best regards

Monday, April 28, 2008

List of facts

Actually, there's always some kind of interpretation in the things we see and there are only very few real facts (or pretty obvious ones) in Lost. So here's the list of everything I would qualify as a fact or better: "very valuable hint". In addition, I've posted the list of maps/screens we have seen with my subjective rating for the reliability of their source and accuracy.


MapRating Comment
Danielle's island map 80% we don't know if the magnetic anomaly is taken into account but Sayid has used this map up to season 3
Danielle's side view map 80% contains weird equations and notations, scale doesn't seem to be realistic
Blastdoor map 80% no north arrow, cryptic notes and many assumptions on it ("alleged position of ...")
Henry Gale's map 90% no north arrow but they managed to find HG's balloon with
Season 3 opener panoramic shot 99% it's CGI and therefore exactly what TPTB wanted us to show
Hydra island view 99% same as above
Cable map 95% It should be very precise but we don't know if the magnetic anomaly is taken into account
Road map 90% many topographical hints about the surroundings of the Swan but bad screenshot quality
Looking Glass map 90% no north arrow
Ben's map 99% Ben uses it for planning treks
Kate's map 95% Kate might have marked only striking landmarks
Dan's map 90% A lot of "unknown" captions indicating that it might not be accurate
Ben's Temple map 99% Ben wants to save Alex's life
Horace's map 99% Locke, Ben and Hurley use it to get to Jacob's cabin


(original and complete quotes can be found at the clues page)
  • S01E07 Kate estimates the distance between the beach camp and the caves to be ~1 mile
  • S01E13 Sayid find's out that the magnetic differs from the real North.
  • S01E23 Rousseau estimates the pillar of black smoke to be 5 kilometers inland from her initial camp (assumption: maybe the french camp marked in her map)
  • S01E24 Arzt guesses the Black Rock to be "a couple of miles" inland.
  • S02E01 Jack estimates the distance between caves and the Swan to be ~0.5 miles
  • S02E11 Locke states that the Taillies came from East and Michael is heading North
  • S02E14 Ben (as Henry Gale) mentions that HG has lived on the North shore of the island (~2 days away from the place where Danielle captured him).
  • S02E20 Michael confirms that he was hiking North.
  • S03E02 Sayid states that mountains might block the view from the North when making the signal fire.
  • S03E07 Juliet states that the Hydra island is 2 miles offshore.
  • S03E11 Locke and Sayid are following 2 days a bearing of 305 and find the Flame.
  • S03E21 It's a day walk to get from the beach camp to the radio tower.
  • S03E23 Ben heads North from the Pascal flats to get to the radio tower
  • S04E02 The Locke group is hiking East to get to Jacob's cabin, Sawyer states that the barracks are South.
  • S04E03 Juliet estimates the way from the helicopter landing site to the beach and back to take "a couple of hours"
  • S04E05 The freighter is 40 miles off the coast.
  • S04E11 Locke is implying that the beach camp is somewhat NE of Jacob's cabin

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Blast door map

Blast door map
NOTE: Maybe there are some errors in the equations...
The purple colored notes are taken from the official Lost Jigsaw Puzzles.

Lost distance clues

MikeQuinn007 had the great idea of searching the transcripts for concrete distance specifications. So I searched the scripts for the term "mile" and "kilometer" and made this list (sorted by episode).
EDIT 04/22/07: I've extended the list by the terms "click", "day", "North", "East", "South", "West" (thanks to Maverick for this idea).

Season 1

Pilot: 6 hours in. Our radio went out, no one could see us. We turned back to land in Fiji, by the time we hit turbulence we were 1000 miles off course. They're looking for us in the wrong place.
JACK: No. Kate, I'm -- I just don't understand why you won't come with me. Us. It's maybe a mile up there, if that. (distance between the beach camp and caves)
LOCKE: Whether you stay is up to you. The camp is 4 miles due west. (distance between the place Locke tied up Boone and the beach camp)

JACK: Locke? Where'd you see Locke?
SAYID: About a mile East of here, walking through the jungle. At least I think it's East.
(confirming that Boone is tied up somewhere east of the camp because Sayid met Locke on his way back to the camp)
LOCKE: About a mile north. We were looking for the dog. (Jack found Claire after being kidnapped by Ethan)
LOCKE: We found one of the smugglers about a half a click West of here dressed as a priest -- Nigerian currency in his pockets, and this. Now you're armed and I'm not. Does that earn me any trust?
DANIELLE: Our ship went aground on this island 16 years ago. There were 6 of us -- my team, 6. At that time I was already 7 months pregnant. I delivered the infant myself. The baby and I were together for only 1 week when I saw black smoke -- a pillar of black smoke 5 kilometers inland. That night they came -- they came and took her -- Alex. They took my baby. And now, they're coming again. They're coming for all of you. (may be the distance between Rousseau's first camp and an outpost of the Others)

MICHAEL: Look, so, we're going approximately North by Northeast. So, hopefully that puts us into a shipping lane, or we hit some land. (on the raft)
ARZT: Hold on, wait, hold on. What are we a couple miles inland? [to Danielle] A tsunami probably swept it here, huh, right? (talking about the position of the Black Rock)
MICHAEL: We're 15 miles out. We could be here for weeks. If that battery runs out... (position of the raft when Walt was abducted)

Season 2

JACK: Uh, Locke found, uh, a hatch in the ground about a half a mile from here. We left to blow it open so that we could hide inside -- so all of us could hide inside, in case -- but that doesn't matter now because it's not going to work. There's no way for all of us to get down in there tonight. (distance caves - hatch)
MICHAEL: By what? Them? I thought they lived a day back that way?
(hinting the distance between Arrow and the Others)
BERNARD: We've been walking for 3 days straight, Ana. (distance between the tail section crash site and the pit)
CHARLIE: Yes, I saw your plane. It's about a kilometer that way. (distance between Eko's smokey encounter - beechcraft)
JACK: You said these people were two days across the island.(hinting the distance to the Arrow/Pit)
SAWYER: Yeah, and they took Cindy less than a mile from our camp. (distance of the place Shannon was shot)

LOCKE [to Sawyer]: When you came across the island what side was the ocean on? [Sawyer looks around and points] You came from the East, Michael's heading North.
SAWYER: I heard her scream. Found her out in the jungle about a half a click from here. (when Charlie "abducted" Sun)
SAYID: And you were in a cave for all that time?
GALE: Off the beach on the North shore of the island.
SAYID: How far from this beach to where you were captured?
GALE: I don't know.
SAYID: How many days' walk?
GALE: 2 -- 2 days.

SAYID: This is at least a day's walk.(distance to Henry Gale's balloon)
BERNARD: Yes, Hurley, we're going to need a lot more rocks. There's a lava field about a half mile inland that's loaded with them. We're going to haul them out in 2 man teams. So, you guys double up, and I am going to start sketching out the letters in the sand. Let's do this. (could be indicating that they're close to the crater)
SAYID: If you want to do something nice for Libby, there's a beautiful beach 3 kilometers from here. You could take her there. (distance beach camp - romantic beach)

MICHAEL: Hey, John. I found them. After I left I hiked North back to where we were [he looks at Ana]. I hiked to the beach -- followed the shore line. A day later I saw one. (but he's lying)
MR. FRIENDLY: You got a problem, Michael?
MICHAEL: You march me day and night without any rest. Yeah, my problem is I'm tired.
MR. FRIENDLY: Well, I'd offer to knock you out and carry you, but we're here.
(distance between the capure of Michael and the fake camp)

Season 3

SAYID: Jack knows we're out here. He's counting on our signal. Perhaps he's not able to see the smoke. If he's North of us, the mountains would block his view.
LOCKE: I'll be back in an hour. (distance between beach camp and the place Eko is buried)

SAWYER: [Sigh] We ain't on our island. We're on another island, like Alcatraz, couple miles off shore. So unless you're a mermaid, or you got a boat, there ain't no point. (hinting the distance between Hydra and main island)
JULIET: Your friends aren't going to make it back to your side of the island because we're not on that island. We're on a smaller island two miles offshore. (confirming the distance between Hydra and main island)
SAYID: We're still heading north on a bearing of 305.

SAYID: We've been walking for two days, following a compass bearing provided by the carvings on a stick! (hinting the distance to the Flame)
CHARLIE: Its an eight hour walk, one way! (distance between beach camp and Naomi)
NAOMI: A ship. Freighter. About 80 nautical miles West of here. We're part of a search and recovery team.
JACK: You better get going. Rousseau says its about a day's walk up to the radio tower. (distance beach - radio tower)

JACK: Everyone's gathering down at the South end of the beach. No-one's staying behind but the shooters.
BEN: If we head North, we should get to em before they reach the tower. (Pascal Flats - Radio Tower)

Season 4

KATE: I found her trail. She's headed West across the Island. (Naomi's escape from the radio tower)
SAWYER: Why are you going East? Thought you said the Barracks were due South. (coming from the cockpit)

DAN: Its Charlotte, only three kilometers from here. (distance between the spot Naomi died and Charlotte landed on the island)
JACK: How long would it take to get to the beach and back?

JULIET: A couple of hours.
(distance between the location the helicopter went down and the beach camp)
JULIET: You're boat's forty miles off the coast, it should have taken them what, twenty minutes to get there? So why aren't you worried?
KATE: Once you hit the stream, you want to head northwest, pretty much in a straight line for about a day and a half. (distance and direction from the beach camp to the barracks)

Friday, April 6, 2007

Sunday, December 3, 2006

Lost S03E02 - The Glass Ballerina

  • Sun, Jin and Sayid sail around the island with Desmond's boat and Sayid makes a note on the map (see little spot)
  • There is a symbol for a "gaging station" on one of the mountain tops

Lost S01E18 - Numbers

Sayid points to the area in which Rousseau's hideout might be located. I've added this one as an animation (in Flash) because it's easier to see, where Sayid assumes Danielle's hideout. If you take a look at it closely, you'll see that it's actually the central area of the island.

Lost S01E14 - Special

Alex island

Sayid and Shannon show Jack the connection between the different maps of Rousseau.

Lost S01E13 - Hearts And Minds

Sayid builts a simple compass and finds out that the magnetic north differs from the real one.

Lost S01E12 - Whatever The Case May Be

This part of the map is shown, when Shannon tries to help Sayid with the translation of the notes made by Rousseau.

Saturday, December 2, 2006

Lost S01E09 - Solitary

Screenshot of Danielle Rousseau's map of the Lost island in S01E09 (1)Screenshot of Danielle Rousseau's map of the Lost island in S01E09 (2)
(Note: The second image is mirrored)

When Sayid has been captured by Rousseau and he starts to repair her music box, the first picture can be seen briefly. Later, while leaving Danielle's hideout, Sayid takes the maps with him and you get a second glimpse of the map (the scene is mirrored).