Thursday, February 11, 2010

Translation of the red rug Locke cuts in "LA X"

A writer who goes by the name of "KeepingPace" at TheSanatorium.com unearthed this excellent shot of the red rug we see Locke/Smokey cut in the episode "LA X." This shot wasn't in the episode, but it is clearly after he cuts it because the corner is missing (see that here).

This seems to be the antithesis of Jacob's tapestry. The words on it are in Greek and are from the Iliad, attributed to Homer. They are:

Line 1:
νῦν τοι ἐελδέσθω πόλεμος κακός
“Now you must embrace this evil war”

Line 2:
ῥέε δ᾽ αἵματι γαῖα
“the ground ran with blood”

Line 3:
θανάτου δὲ μέλαν νέφος ἀμφεκάλυψεν
“then death’s black cloud enveloped”

The images on the rug also are much darker, featuring slaves and some violent images including what appears to be some kind of monster with multiple arms killing men. It's really interesting. I also wonder why this rug was in there with Jacob. Did he make that one too?

Check out screens of Jacob's tapestry and translation here. Check out more specific analysis of the red rug here.

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