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- Per l'episodio, vedi Il faro.
Il Faro è un'antica torre di pietra di origini sconosciute che si trova sull'Isola. Nonostante la sua grande età, è apparsa in eccellenti condizioni e in un buono stato di mantenimento. Il livello più alto della torre conteneva un faro circondato da una serie di specchi mobili che servivano per riflettere la luce verso il mare. L'orientamento degli specchi è controllato da un sistema di ingranaggi e carrucole. Misteriosamente gli specchi sono in grado di mostrare luoghi che si trovano lontano dall'Isola.
L'origine, la storia e gli scopi per il quale il faro è stato costruito sono sconosciuti. Dai geroglifici visti all'interno del faro, tuttavia, è molto probabile che la torre sia stata costruita contemporaneamente alla costruzione del Tempio e della Statua di Taweret da parte delle prime civiltà che hanno abitato l'Isola. Visto che lIsola non può essere vsta dal mondo esterno, è improbabile che il faro serva per portare le navi all'Isola. Inoltre non è chiaro se il Progetto DHARMA sia a conoscenza dell'esistenza del faro.
Ad un certo punto, il faro è appartenuto a Jacob, che ha usato le proprietà della costruzione per osservare a distanza i suoi Candidati mentre non erano sull'Isola. Jack crede che Jacob li abbia spiati per molti anni prima che loro arrivassero sull'Isola. ((CrossRef | 6x05)) Non si sa se i membri degli Altri sapevano del Faro o se potevano accedervi.
Nell'episodio "Il faro", Hurley ha ricevuto indicazioni da parte di Jacob per portare Jack al faro. Una volta arrivati, Jack sfonda la porta con un calcio e si dirigono alla sommità del faro. Mentre Hurley posizionava il faro al 108esimo grado. Jack nota una strana immagine riflessa negli specchi: si trattava della casa dove ha vissuto durante la sua infanzia. Sorpreso e turbato, chiede ad Hurley di avere delle risposte in merito da parte di Jacob, ma Hurley dice che non può parlargli quando vuole, quindi Jack si arrabbia e rompe tutti gli specchi. Più tardi, Jacob appare ad Hurley dicendogli che il suo vero scopo era quello di far riflettere Jack perchè aveva una cosa molto importante da fare ed anche perchè li voleva tenere lontano dal Tempio. ("Il faro") A partire dal 2007, sembra che l'utilità del faro sia stata distrutta.
The lightouse sits atop a high rocky bluff along the shore of the Island and is a five story tiered tower constructed of stone blocks. The tower is estimated to be some 80-90ft in height. The structure is entered through a heavy wooden door on the ground floor. A series of stairs leads upwards to the signal room at top. It is unknown if the lighthouse contains any other chambers although each tier of the tower has at least one window.
The signal room occupies the very top of the lighthouse and is roughly rectangular in shape with large window-like openings on all sides. One window contained a telescope mounted on a metal housing. The upper walls contain numerous hieroglyphs.
The center of the room is occupied by a large mechanical structure designed to allow an array of four angled mirrors to rotate all the way around a central bowl or brazier where a fire could be built. Surrounding the bowl is a stage wheel upon which is inscribed a compass rose allowing the mirrors to be set to precise bearings. The mirrors appear to act as a kind of alidade, a device that allows one to sight a distant object and use that line of sight to perform a task. The array of mirrors is moved manually by an array of gears and pulleys. The operating mechanism seems to be of 19th century origin.
A closer inspection of the compass rose, however, reveals that each of the 360 degrees around the circumference of the circle is associated with a handwritten name, many of them crossed out. These names appear to correspond with Jacob's candidates previously seen in the cliffside cave. ("Il sostituto")
As Hurley and Jack changed the bearing, Jack observed a number of different locations from the outside world reflected in the mirrors:
- The pagoda where Sun and Jin were married in Korea. ("L'incidente, prima parte")
- The church where a young Sawyer attended his parents' funeral. ("L'incidente, seconda parte")
- Christian and Margo Shephard's house, where Jack grew up.
How the mirrors were able to reflect off-Island locations is unknown.
Names and bearings
|4|| ||cliffside cave wall||When Locke was pushed out of an 8 story window by his father, Jacob walked over to him after he landed, touched his shoulder, and Locke's eyes popped open. When Locke finally got off the Island, Ben killed him. He later returned to the Island in his coffin. The Man in Black took his form and when the MiB was in Jacob's cave with Sawyer, the MiB crossed off Locke's name.|
|8||Reyes||cliffside cave wall||Jacob was in Hugo's cab. He gave him the information he needed to know to get back to the Island and a guitar case. He touched his shoulder.|
|14|| ||Lighthouse||Likely Ryan Pryce, an Other who Hurley ran over with a DHARMA van.|
|15||FORD||Lighthouse||James Ford. Met Jacob as a child at his parents' funeral. Jacob touched Sawyer when he handed him a pen, which Sawyer used to write his letter. Identified as a candidate by the Man in Black. Has currently chosen the third option: Leave the Island.|
|16||JARRAH||Lighthouse||Sayid Jarrah. Met Jacob when his wife Nadia was murdered. He touched Sayid's shoulder briefly. Identified as a candidate by the Man in Black.|
|20|| ||Lighthouse||Probably Alex Rousseau or Danielle Rousseau.|
|23||Shephard||Lighthouse||Jack Shephard. Met Jacob at the hospital where he worked after his first successful surgery. Jacob offered Jack an Apollo Bar that he had unsuccessfully tried to dislodge from the vending machine. Their fingers touched as Jacob passed the bar to Jack. Identified as a candidate by the Man in Black. Could also refer to Christian Shephard who has often been seen in Jacob's cabin. On the wheel in Jacob's Lighthouse, Shephard's name is written in a darker black ink and different handwriting than the names surrounding his. There are also several small punctures in the surface around his name and a few of those below it.|
|27|| ||Lighthouse||Unknown (possibly Naomi Dorrit?).|
|32|| ||Lighthouse||Probably Shannon Rutherford.|
|35|| ||Lighthouse||Probably Brennan from the science expedition.|
|42||KWON||Lighthouse||Sun-Hwa Kwon and Jin-Soo Kwon both met Jacob when during their wedding when he congratulated them and advised them to keep their promises. Both were touched by Jacob simultaneously notably on their shoulders. The Man in Black indicated one of them was a candidate but was unable to identify which one. KWON may also refer to Ji Yeon Kwon, the daughter of Sun and Jin, who was conceived on the Island.|
|43|| ||Lighthouse||Unknown. Possibly related to #17|
|48|| ||Lighthouse||Probably Harper Stanhope or Goodwin Stanhope.|
|51||Austen||Lighthouse||Kate Austen, who met Jacob as a child when she was caught trying to shoplift a lunchbox. Jacob helped her, paying for the lunchbox, and touched her on the nose.|
|58|| ||Lighthouse||Probably Juliet Burke.|
|59|| ||Lighthouse||Unknown. Could possibly be Dogen.|
|62|| ||Lighthouse||Probably Kelvin Inman.|
|98|| ||Lighthouse||Unknown. Possibly related to #112|
|101|| ||Lighthouse||Likely Daniel Faraday.|
|102|| ||Lighthouse||Likely Montand from Rousseau's science expedition.|
|104|| ||Lighthouse||Likely Charlotte Lewis, or her parents David and Jeanette.|
|106|| ||Lighthouse||Likely Stuart Radzinsky.|
|109|| ||Lighthouse||Probably Tom Friendly.|
|112|| ||Lighthouse||Unknown. Possibly related to #98.|
|114|| ||Lighthouse||Unknown. Being the only Japanese surname in the list, might be Dogen.|
|115|| ||Lighthouse||Unknown. Possibly spelled "Barqas" or "Vargas".|
|117|| ||Lighthouse||Probably Ben Linus, or his father Roger Linus.|
|124|| ||Lighthouse||Likely Michael Dawson.|
|129|| ||Lighthouse||Unknown. Possibly Brother Campbell|
|131|| ||Lighthouse||Possibly Scott Jackson.|
- Lighthouses are normally used to warn of dangers to navigation, e.g., shoals, sandbars, reefs, etc., and as such are designed to deter mariners not attract them. However, it is also common to build structures to mark entrances to harbors, and these structures can be lighted. While these structures would not typically be called a "lighthouse" today, the purpose of the "Lighthouse of Alexandria" was to mark one side of the harbor. Legend has it that the mirrors could be pointed at hostile ships to set them on fire.
- Several of the numbers or degree bearings next to the candidate's names do not correspond with the numbers listed on the cliffside cave walls. It is unclear whether this was intentional, or a production error.
- The mirrors in the lighthouse (four in number) are similar in appearance to those of Rousseau's music box (three in number).
- Who built the lighthouse, and what was its original purpose?
- How did the signaling mirror reflect locations in the outside world?
- Why are names of individuals associated with particular bearings?
- How many candidates are there?
- How was the mirror aligned to reflect locations important to these individuals?
- Why was Jacob unconcerned that the mirrors were destroyed?