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June 16, 2010 3:48 PM   Subscribe

Jonah Adkins is a cartographer. In 2006, he designed a map of the Lost island, and he's just finished an impressively detailed and complete update. Prints available here.
posted by mattdidthat (35 comments total) 20 users marked this as a favorite

 
Two of my favorite things, combined!
posted by desjardins at 3:54 PM on June 16, 2010


For real fan service, he could have included Nikki and Paulo's gravesite.
posted by Joe Beese at 3:58 PM on June 16, 2010 [6 favorites]


I've been hoping someone would do this!
posted by lunasol at 4:00 PM on June 16, 2010


Interesting stuff--haven't had time to look closely at the links, but did he just make this stuff up, or is there some source information somewhere? Who knows where the Looking Glass is relative to Jughead? Am I missing some untapped resource?
posted by Admiral Haddock at 4:02 PM on June 16, 2010


OK, but: here's where I'm going to be a total geek: he has the "heart" of the island pretty far from where the main plane crash was - but wouldn't it have to be pretty close since it was right next to the bamboo grove Jack woke up in, which in turn was right next to the crash site?

/geekery
posted by lunasol at 4:05 PM on June 16, 2010 [2 favorites]


I wish he would detail his method a bit - how did he calculate distance? Based on estimated rate of travel? Or is it kind of handwavey like the finale?
posted by desjardins at 4:06 PM on June 16, 2010


but wouldn't it have to be pretty close since it was right next to the bamboo grove Jack woke up in, which in turn was right next to the crash site?

Magic.
posted by The World Famous at 4:06 PM on June 16, 2010


Is this something I'd need a TV to .. Ow! Who threw that Dharma Beer can at me?
posted by filthy light thief at 4:07 PM on June 16, 2010


Magic.

Smoke monster and magic?
posted by filthy light thief at 4:09 PM on June 16, 2010


I loved the ending of Lost. It's like they created a new world religion, with the degree of emotional impact that implies, and also the degree of internal consistency.
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 4:09 PM on June 16, 2010


Is this something I'd need a TV to .. Ow! Who threw that Dharma Beer can at me?

That was me. Because not only would you need a TV to understand it, you'd need a whole wall of old black & white CRT TVs.
posted by The World Famous at 4:10 PM on June 16, 2010


Magic.

A wizard did it!

You know what I've thought would be neat/a totally valuable use of someone's time? For someone to do some sort of animated map showing how all the characters moved around the island in different, constantly rearranging factions.
posted by lunasol at 4:12 PM on June 16, 2010


Here's Rousseau's map, not that it sheds any light on this one.
posted by desjardins at 4:13 PM on June 16, 2010


That was me. Because not only would you need a TV to understand it, you'd need a whole wall of old black & white CRT TVs.

...And the entire internet.
posted by lunasol at 4:13 PM on June 16, 2010


Don't tempt me, lunasol.
posted by desjardins at 4:13 PM on June 16, 2010 [1 favorite]


It seems a little random, but yes it is fascinating for a true Lost nerd like me.
posted by BlahLaLa at 4:24 PM on June 16, 2010


Ooooh, shiny. This'll eat up some time.
posted by the_observer at 4:47 PM on June 16, 2010


All maps lie.
posted by I'm Doing the Dishes at 4:48 PM on June 16, 2010


Am I missing some untapped resource?

I think some people's brains are just wired to notice where things are relative to other things and presumably cartographers are that sort of people. I am not that kind of person - I watched a million episodes of THE OFFICE thinking that accounting was behind sales, in the corner of the wall with the break room door. The first time I saw that accounting is behind reception it was so disorienting that I literally felt queasy.

some sort of animated map showing how all the characters moved around the island in different, constantly rearranging factions.

My dad gave LOST a shot but gave up, saying all they do is pick teams and walk places. I think that's an incomplete assessment of my dearly beloved show, but I don't think it's exactly wrong.
posted by moxiedoll at 5:11 PM on June 16, 2010 [2 favorites]


For some reason, I expected this to be like a billion times more detailed. Like, at least as detailed as the overworld maps from Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 5:16 PM on June 16, 2010 [1 favorite]


"Walt!!!"

I like a mapmaker with a sense of humor.
posted by nakedcodemonkey at 5:23 PM on June 16, 2010 [2 favorites]


accounting is behind reception

Wait, what? I always thought it was to the right of reception, along the wall back wall (not exactly to the right, but if you were sitting behind the reception desk, you would see it in the back of the room, on the right). Now I feel queasy.
posted by lunasol at 5:43 PM on June 16, 2010


ha, lunasol! no, we're both right. I orient from michael's office, so from that perspective, accounting's behind reception, but given how the reception desk faces, it makes more sense to say accounting is to the right. (See? I'm so bad at this!)
posted by moxiedoll at 5:52 PM on June 16, 2010


but wouldn't it have to be pretty close since it was right next to the bamboo grove Jack woke up in, which in turn was right next to the crash site?

Well, it seemed like Jack got spat out somewhat downstream from the entrance to the heart. Then he stumbled a short distance to the grove. When he woke up there in the first episode, he had a decent run through the jungle before reaching the fuselage (and even then he was on the farther side of the beach.)

So I can see rational for the distance between them. I think the scale is a little large, though.
posted by Solon and Thanks at 6:21 PM on June 16, 2010


I have a map of Lost in my head, too, but it's actually a guesstimate of the locations that were used. Some are easy, like the Ala Wai Canal near the McCully St. bridge as a standin for a Korean street scene. Others are harder, since a lot of the jungle on Oahu looks alike.
posted by Jimmy Havok at 6:43 PM on June 16, 2010


How they missed seeing a friggin' lighthouse for all those seasons on that island, I'll never understand.
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese at 6:56 PM on June 16, 2010 [1 favorite]


Where the fuck is that 4 toed statue?
posted by special-k at 7:44 PM on June 16, 2010


Wait why is Hydra Island the size of my thumb? I thought it was decently big.
posted by shakespeherian at 8:10 PM on June 16, 2010


This blog post has some good info from the cartographer about how he came up with the map.

moxiedoll: we're both hopeless!

Where the fuck is that 4 toed statue?

On the west coast of the island. It's labeled as Tawaret.
posted by lunasol at 8:53 PM on June 16, 2010


Thanks lunasol. Guess I didn't look close enough.
posted by special-k at 8:58 PM on June 16, 2010


This map has to be wrong. It shows the lighthouse in between the beach camp and the cable connected to the Looking Glass. Sayid hiked along the beach in S1-Ep03 and reached the site of the cable. No lighthouse in between, which is right near the coast, and no detour around rock formations either (where Esau/Flocke's cave is).
posted by Gyan at 9:00 PM on June 16, 2010


Jacob gave Jack instructions to find the Heart of the Island, saying it was just beyond where he first woke up. Not over a mountain range.

And how does the Black Rock end up over one mountain range, 7 miles inland from where it crashed into the statue? The "Berouw" was caught by a tsunami generated by the Krakatoa eruption, and traveled 1 and 3 quarters of a mile inland and 30 feet uphill. The Black Rock goes 4 times as far, and over some really high hills to boot?

I did laugh at the "WALT!" marking.
posted by WhackyparseThis at 12:06 AM on June 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


Well this is totally unrelated, but I'm going to use this thread as an excuse to post I'll Never Be Lost Again because it's so awesome and seeing the map made me look it up.
posted by heathkit at 12:47 AM on June 17, 2010


I kind of prefer this guy's attempt: The Island Map, mostly because he explains his reasoning. This is his nearly final version, but he's added the heart of the island in a later post. He's had to revise things several times, and make the assumption that Ben lies about locations just as frequently as he lies about everything else.
posted by harriet vane at 3:55 AM on June 17, 2010


This makes me want to play The Adventures Of Link for NES.
posted by Theta States at 7:41 AM on June 17, 2010


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