(note: possible spoilers, if you don’t want to know what the hieroglyphs might mean)
I’ve been browsing around Lostpedia (great site btw), and stumbled upon the hieroglyphs section. First of all, I know Lostpedia allows anyone to edit and stuff, so let’s take this as pure speculation.
There are lots of postings (and updated as well) on what these symbols mean and what they are as a whole, from the first sightings of the hieroglyphs to the recent ones. Let’s see some interesting samples:
The red/black symbols on the countdown timer in the hatch – according to damon, the symbols meant to mean “underworld,” while Carlton it’s up to interpretation. Can “Underworld” mean the impending cause of the island to sink? “underwater?” Or, it can simply stand for the fact that the hatch is underground. Or “hell.” Or just a metaphor, as in “yall gon’ die.”
The frozen donkeywheel chamber – There are three groups of hieroglyphs analyzed: two on the wall and one on a column. The walls’ symbols mean “Travel” and “time/vicinity,” which is true to what the wheel does! Also, the column symbols indicates “resurrection.” Interesting… Feel free to analyze that!
Ok, the following is the real kicker..
The Temple – Outside the temple on the walls (can be seen during the Jin/French people/lost arm scene), some symbols mean “resurrection.” This was somewhat proven in the episode “LA X” when the OtherOthers tried to bring back Sayid. Other hieroglyphs scattered within the temple mean: “Travel (interesting),” “rise up,” “the way to sky/heaven,” “time/lifetime/space of time”….. wow. Conscience time/traveling? Literally “life changing? (exchange bodies from other universes)”
The Lighthouse – People are having a hard time translating the Lighthouse hieroglyphs. Damn! This would have been a great way to know more about it.
There’s plenty more hieroglyph hints, such as Ben’s secret door, school classroom, tapestry, etc. Again, we should take some of these with a grain of salt, but we can’t help that some have been proven already!