Sunday, November 23, 2008

LT145: History of LOST - The Ancients

We began this review with the island itself and noticed its volcano and electromagnetic properties. In chronological order, mankind arrived at some point in time, unknown to us. The term I’m using is “ancients” in general. This is used to show a differential between the original inhabitants and the current hostiles.


The early Hostiles could be called the Ancients. We can guess an early and primitive race lived here due to two observations: hieroglyphics and the statue.


The visible portion of the left-foot statue appears to be about 35 feet tall making the entire statue about 240 feet tall – equal to about a 30-foot story building.

The statue appears to be located on the west or north shore of the island.

It is made of grey-stone which is odd for a volcanic island. However, the rock in the area where Kelvin hid Desmond’s boat is of similar color. Or it could have been transported here.

Part of the challenge of researching the statue is that the producers of LOST have told a story that their original intention was to have a six-toed statue. The story goes that ABC executives ordered it to be four-toes in order to be “less weird”. I don’t follow that logic, but hey, I don’t write the checks. The producers respond that it didn’t matter how many toes, as long as it was not five.

The conclusion is that they wanted it to be odd. But why? To answer that question I expanded the search to include the original six-toes as well as four-toes.


A popular theory is that someone we know has the same toe count. It would seem that the people who have seen it are ruled out or hiding a secret: Sayid, Jin and Sun. The theory states that one day someone will take off their shoe and show us only four toes. This then would reveal who is a descendent of the Ancients. We can rule out Locke as we see his toes when he wakes up on the beach and wiggles them.

Keep in mind that a repeated line included references to “take your shoes off when you enter someone’s house”. Personally, I always thought that line was out of place somehow. And maybe it has nothing to do with our statue, but it merited mentioning. It also involves Locke who did take his shoes off when entering the hatch.


LOST has clearly made several references to religion, so one research wild goose trail I followed led me to a Biblical reference to a man with six-fingers and toes. In two scripture passages we read about a brother of Goliath who had the abnormality. Perhaps the original six-toe plan would have pointed us to the fact that the Ancients were giants. Goliath is said to have stood 9 foot, 6 inches tall.

The executive producer of LOST, J.J. Abrams, uses the image of a six-fingered hand as one of the symbols in his other show, “The Fringe”. There is also a viral video for that show which shows the six-fingered man and the words “Namaste” is heard. So, maybe the intention was six-toes and our search should be there.

I found a comic book series (comics are used in LOST) with a six-fingered hand which is some sort of group of villains. The story concerns itself with what happens when the realm of Hell intersects with Earth.

An earlier post concerned itself with the island being a reference to a mythological legend like Atlantis or Mu. Well, Oceania (Australia area) happens to contain some interesting statues with six digits! Also, there seems to have been six-toed footprints discovered on an island in the South Pacific. The footprints measured 5.3 meters long which matches up nicely to size of our LOST statue.


The more we can learn about the possible meaning of that statue will tell us something about the history of our island. Doing this can shed some light on what direction LOST is heading. There is plenty more on this six-toed direction then I ever imagined.

My next step is to try and find out more about the ancient cultures who are mentioned with the six-toed and six-fingered characteristics. The idea is to see if we can discover a model that is used on LOST.


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