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Lost Encyclopedia
Lostencylopedia
Author
Tara Bennett and Paul Terry
Publisher
DK Publishing
Publish Date
US October 18, 2010
UK October 21, 2010

Dorling Kindersley released the Lost Encyclopedia on October 18, 2010. The book features a foreword by creators Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, and promotional material bills it as an official companion to the series. According to author Tara Bennett, Lost writer Gregg Nations confirmed its contents' accuracy. The book is 400 pages in length and contains over 1000 images.

Content

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Tara Bennett and Paul Terry

The book contains no new storyline information but clarifies previous gray areas. Bennett said many fans may be surprised by some of the clarifications enough to where they would deem them new information. The book is set up as an "in universe" book organized alphabetically and features only two, likely accidental, examples of behind the scenes information. It does, however, feature many never-before-seen photographs, maps and other items and locations used during the filming process.[1][2]

Promotional samples

Errors

According to author Tara Bennett, she and co-author Paul Terry ran all of the book's contents by Lost writer Gregg Nations. When questions remained, said Bennett, they consulted Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse themselves. Despite this, the book contains several errors.

In addition to some inconsistencies with what was seen on-screen, numerous copyediting errors appear throughout the body of the book. Beyond having many grammatical and spelling errors, there are several sections of the book where it appears that an early draft of a statement co-exists side by side with the final draft of the same statement.

Factual inaccuracies

Article
Lost Encyclopedia content
Lost content
Page, Section
Alexandra Rousseau Alex had Kate and Sawyer help her free Karl after releasing them from their cages. Kate climbed out of her cage and opened Sawyer's. They encountered Alex in the jungle, where she helped them escape from Danny Pickett. ("I Do")  ("Not in Portland") 21, "Young Love"
Aaron Littleton Kate lost sight of Aaron in a supermarket "soon after" she revealed the truth about him to Cassidy. Kate lost sight of Aaron in a supermarket almost three years after her conversation with Cassidy. ("Whatever Happened, Happened") 11, "Life as Aaron Austen"
15 A white rabbit with the number "15" painted on it appeared in the Swan Orientation Film. No rabbits appeared in that film. One did in the Orchid Orientation video. ("Orientation")  ("There's No Place Like Home, Part 3") 15
Arrow A box in the station contained a U.S. Army knife. The station contained no knife. Ana took the knife from an Other's body. ("The Other 48 Days") 34, Inside the Arrow
Asthma Inhaler Shannon dropped and lost her inhaler aboard Flight 815 during turbulence. Shannon used her inhaler for several days on the island. On day 9, the refills went missing. ("Confidence Man") Years later, Jack discovered the discarded inhaler when he stepped on it at the caves. ("Lighthouse") 37, "Asthma Inhaler"
Benjamin Linus Ben protected the island by killing Widmore before he could share information with the Man in Black. According to the Man in Black, "He had already told me what I needed to know." He acted on this knowledge in the finale. ("What They Died For")  ("The End") 49, "Charles Widmore"
Black Rock In 1977, Sawyer told Horace his expedition was searching for the ship's wreck. He said this in 1974. ("LaFleur") 55, Connections
Boone Carlyle Boone worked for a subsidiary of his mother's clothing company that specialized in weddings. Boone worked for a subsidiary of his mother's wedding company that specialized in clothing. 58, The Shannon trap
Bram Miles asked him for $6.4 million. Miles asked him for $3.2 million. ("Some Like It Hoth") 60, "Winning Side"
Caves Throwing the Man in Black into the Source "destroyed the Man in Black's mortal body". This appears to be a mis-statement, as the same sentence correctly concludes "which Jacob then carried back to the caves". ("Across the Sea") 65, "Mother's Abode"
Danielle showed up at the caves to warn the survivors of the impending Others attack. Danielle showed up at the beach camp. ("Exodus, Part 1") 65, "Oceanic Survivors"
Charlotte Lewis Charlotte's father eventually escaped the Island and had two more daughters with Jeanette. While it is true Charlotte had two younger sisters, she told Daniel after she left the Island "I never saw my dad again." ("This Place Is Death") 80, "Always Curious"
Charlotte bested Juliet in their fight at the Tempest station. Juliet managed to gain the upper hand and hold Charlotte at gunpoint, forcing Charlotte to surrender and explain her and Daniel's actions. ("The Other Woman") 81, "Full Circle"
Claire Littleton In her nightmare, Claire found a plastic baby covered in blood in the crib, one that "mirrors" the substitute baby she would later make. There was no plastic baby in the nightmare, just blankets and a pool of blood. Though a photo is provided, this scene must have been cut before the episode aired. ("Raised by Another") 88, "Dark Nightmare"
Daniel Eko bathed his bloody hands in holy water after killing Emeka and his men. Eko did bathe his hands in holy water, but before killing Emeka and they were not bloody. 91, "Daniel"
Danny Pickett Tom felled Michael with a slingshot. Tom used a pair of bolas to trip Michael. 100, "Pickett Undercover"
Dave Dave produced the keys from Brook's office. Hugo produced the keys from his pocket. 101, "Dave"
Dynamite Dr. Leslie Arzt helped extract six sticks of dynamite from the Black Rock and placed them into two separate bags held by Kate and Locke. Arzt waited outside the Black Rock with Hurley while Jack and Locke carried a case of dynamite out. The first stick Arzt took out of the case exploded blowing him up. Locke then extracted the dynamite that was put into the backpacks. ("Exodus, Part 2") 116, Dynamite
Elizabeth Kelvin moored the boat in a cove. It remained there until the Man in Black sent Kate and Sawyer to it. Between these two events, Desmond took the boat and sailed from the island, returned and gave the boat to Sayid for a mission. Sayid, Jin and Sun sailed to the decoy village and lost the ship to the Others. ("Three Minutes")  ("Live Together, Die Alone, Part 1")  ("The Glass Ballerina") 119
Elsa A bracelet worn by Naomi Dorrit served to remind Sayid of the bracelet worn by Elsa. Naomi died in December 2004 on the island; Sayid would not meet Elsa until after he left the island. ("The Economist") 126, "Elsa"
Jacob Mother murdered Claudia with her own bare hands. Mother murdered Claudia with a rock. ("Across the Sea") The entries for Claudia and Mother describe this event accurately. 179, "The Beginning"
Mother Mother used the cover of night to kill Claudia's people while they slept. She killed them in daylight, making her success all the more surprising. (Across the Sea audio commentary) 253, "Duty Calls"
Nikki and Paulo After being killed off in the series' finale, Nikki declined an offer to return for the next season. It was the series wrap for her character, Corvette, not the finale of the series. 262, "The Con"
Penelope Widmore Hume Henrik and Mathias contacted Penny from the tracking station on September 22, 2004. Penny was contacted following the discharge on November 27, not the day of the Oceanic plane crash. ("Live Together, Die Alone") 287, "Island Years"
Robert "Fortunately", Robert's gun jammed when attempting to shoot Danielle, leaving her the opportunity to shoot him first. The gun didn't jam; Danielle had intentionally removed the firing pin so she could kill him. ("Solitary") 301, "The Sickness"
Roger Linus Roger died on Dec 23. Roger died on Dec 19, the date of the Purge. ("The Man Behind the Curtain") 301, "Roger Linus"
Rose Nadler (Henderson) During her time on the island, spent 3 years "In Dharma". Rose was never in DHARMA. Whilst on the island during '74-'77, she was never associated with the Initiative. ("The Incident, Parts 1 & 2") 302, "Facts and Figures"
James "Sawyer" Ford Lists Radzinsky under the Others subheading. Radzinsky was a member of the DHARMA Initiative. 310, "Nickname Hall of Fame"
Taweret Ben stabbed Jacob and threw him into the fire. Ben stabbed Jacob. The Man in Black kicked him into the fire. ("The Incident, Parts 1 & 2")
Walt Lloyd Locke visited Walt in New York in 2005. It was 2007 when Locke left the island and visited Walt (and some of the Oceanic Six). ("The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham") 367, "Visiting Hours"
Desmond Hume flashsideways When Charlie mentioned the name Penny Widmore, a light turned on inside Desmond's consciousness and propelled him to find her. Charlie never mentioned the name Penny Widmore; he remembered her via memory flashes of Charlie's 'not Penny's boat' message in the Looking Glass, and via memory flashes of their relationship whilst in the MRI machine. ("Happily Ever After") 379
Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens Desmond's favorite book. Desmond had not read the novel and intended the author's final work to be the last novel he read before he died. Charles Dickens was his favorite author. It also does not note that Desmond named the sailboat he hid on with Penny, after first leaving the Island, after the novel. ("Live Together, Die Alone, Part 1") 306


Image errors

Article
Error
Page
Alcohol In the section on Jacob's wine bottle, the book offers the image of a different bottle entirely. 18
Depicts a bottle of Cabernet when describing Kelvin's drinking red wine in "Live Together, Die Alone". Kelvin drank Merlot in that scene. 18
Asthma Inhaler While this is indeed a picture of an inhaler, it is not the one Boone gave Shannon on the plane (which was dark gray with a brown cap) or the one Jack found at the caves (which was light gray with black lettering on the front) 37
Elizabeth (sailboat) The image of the Elizabeth's name shows both "Elizabeth" and "Mowee." The "Mowee" was the name of the actual sailboat used for the Elizabeth. The stern of the boat, as seen in "Live Together, Die Alone only shows Elizabeth, with Newport Beach on a second line. 119
Henry Gale The picture on the driver's license is clearly different from the one seen on the show. 144
Jacob's cave The scale pictured has both white and black rocks on both sides of the scale rather than a single rock on each side. 182
Journal The caption for the journal page "Fission Chain Reaction" incorrectly refers to "fusion" (joining) rather than "fission" (splitting). 192
Karl Martin The caption for the image of him and Alex mistakenly labels Alex as Danielle. 200
Taweret The image at the bottom right of the page clearly shows a foam safety block on the blade of the knife Ben is holding. 351


Erroneous conclusions

Article
Lost Encyclopedia interpretation
Counter-evidence
Page, Section
Aaron Littleton Kate pretended he was her baby to protect the island from Charles Widmore. Though the Oceanic Six's story overall sought to protect their friends from Widmore, Kate offered a separate reason for adopting Aaron. Said Kate, "After everyone we've lost -- Michael, Jin, Sawyer... I can't lose him, too." ("The Little Prince") Cassidy suggested Kate specifically sought to fill Sawyer's absence. ("Whatever Happened, Happened") 11, "Life As Aaron Austen"
Amelia She was possibly killed when Keamy and the mercenaries stormed the island. Keamy's team engaged in no confrontations with the Others until "There's No Place Like Home, Part 2", in which no Others died.
Benjamin Linus Widmore spent 20 years searching for the island. Alex was born in 1988. Several years passed before Widmore was banished, judging by Alex's appearance when he left. Widmore's search ended by late 2004, when he sent a freighter to the island. ("The Little Prince")  ("Dead Is Dead")  ("Meet Kevin Johnson") 49, "Charles Widmore"
Charlie Pace Charlie died in "All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues". He "miraculously" returned to life. Though Charlie stopped breathing, his revival matched similar resuscitations Jack performed on Rose and Desmond. ("Pilot, Part 1")  ("There's No Place Like Home, Parts 2 & 3") Nothing suggests Charlie literally died. For comparison, when Sayid came back to life, several characters remarked on the miraculous resurrection. ("What Kate Does")  ("Lighthouse")  ("The Last Recruit") 76, "Fated Future"
Dagger Jacob and the Man in Black both used the dagger in their battle for domination of the island. The two never battled over domination of the island. Jacob wanted to protect the island. The Man in Black wanted to leave it. ("Ab Aeterno") 76, "Fated Future"
Dogen When Sayid told Dogen he planned to stay at the Temple at sundown, Dogen concluded that he had been wrong about Sayid, that he was a good man and that the two had now become allies against the Man in Black. Sayid attacked Dogen after announcing his decision without any pause whatsoever. ("Sundown") 113, "Infiltration"
Henry Gale Ben used Gale's identity to learn more about the survivors. Ben had already compiled information on all the survivors. His purpose was to coerce Jack into removing his spinal tumor. ("Exposé") 144, main body
Ilana Verdansky Ilana was the leader of the off-island Others. Ilana and Ben did not know each other. ("Namaste") Ben led Others on and off the island. ("The Lie") So though Ilana led a group, it was not the group we call the Others. 158, "Connection"
Isabella Alpert's meeting Isabella at the end of "Ab Aeterno" was "another spiritual communion" like his vision in the Black Rock. The appearance in the Black Rock was not Isabella. ("Ab Aeterno") It was the Man in Black impersonating her, as the Encyclopedia correctly points out in the article on him. 163, "Isabella's Presence on the Island"
The Island Separate groups that arrived on the Island left behind the Temple and Taweret. The Lighthouse entry states that the same inhabitants built the Temple and Taweret. 166, "Man-made Structures"
Kahana Minkowski communicated with those on the island by radio. "Radio" may be a generic term for all wireless communication, but the freighter featured both a radio and a set of satellite phones. Minkowski used the satellite phone, not the radio, to communicate with those on shore. 198, "George Minkowski
Man in Black Man in Black appeared to Sun and Lapidus as Christian in the Barracks, while he simultaneously appeared as Locke on Hydra Island. There is no reason to think that these two events happened simultaneously. The Man in Black may have appeared in the Processing Center hours before appearing on Hydra Island. 236, "As Christian Shephard"
Sun-Hwa Kwon Sun helped "translate" Walt's wants and needs to Michael. Sun and Walt planted her garden together. Though the two spent a day together in "Walkabout", the show never again depicted them speaking to each other. They could not have conversed in English till "...In Translation", when Sun revealed she spoke it. After "...In Translation", Walt spent time near the raft, which Sun never approached. Walt may have helped plant Sun's garden, but the show never suggested this. 342, "Walt Lloyd"
Taweret Jacob's tapestry depicted Egyptians coming to the island. The people in the tapestry faced away from the island. It depicted the statue the Egyptians built as fully constructed. ("The Incident, Parts 1 & 2") 351, "Inside the Statue"
The Tempest Ben planned to unleash the Purge, Part Two, "killing everyone on the island". Though he may have wanted to use the Tempest in some fashion, his reaction to Alex's death and his insistence on the Temple as a sanctuary suggest he did not want to kill everyone on the island. ("The Shape of Things to Come")  ("Meet Kevin Johnson") 352, "Harper's Warning"


Copyediting errors

Article
Error
Page, Section
Aaron Littleton Omits the word "as", rendering a sentence ungrammatical. 10, "Newborn Life"
15 States that Pierre Chang was holding a rabbit with a 15 painted on its side in the Swan Orientation film. It should say Orchid. 15, middle of page
Ana Lucia Cortez Misspells Teresa Cortez's name as "Theresa". 24, "To Serve and Protect"
Black Rock Incorrectly names Tovard Hanso "Torvo Hanso". 55, "The Fate of the Black Rock"
Caesar "Caesar politely offered his condolence, which surprised Jack." - should be condolences. 64, main body
Caves Misspells Arzt as Artz. 65, "Oceanic Survivors"
Charles Widmore Dangling participle blames Widmore's banishing on Jacob's, rather than Widmore's selfishness. 68, "Leading The Others"
A paragraph discusses planting the flight 815 wreckage, then the next discusses Ben's talk with Sun and Locke, post-Oceanic Six. After that, it goes back to assembling the Kahana team. 70, "Attempts To Return"
Charlie Pace Drug addiction is spelt "drug addition." 73, "Drug Addiction"
Fail-safe is spelt "fail-save." 76, "Fated Future"
Danny Pickett "When Sawyer struggled, Pickett kicked him the stomach." - omits in. 100, "Pickett Undercover"
DHARMA Initiative This entry abandons the "in-universe" style of the rest of the book, talking about an "episode" of the show. 111, "Candida"
"Phil's discovery of the videotape that showed Sawyer and Kate taking a young Benjamin Linus, was the final straw." The comma should not be present. 111, "Phil"
Dogen Somewhere misspells Dogen's name as "Dogan". 113, "Infiltration"
Eko Improper capitalization in "smoke Monster". 120, "The Smoke Monster's Judgment"
The Hanso Foundation The first two quotes from the Hanso website contain a closing quotation mark but no opening quotation mark. 141, main body
Horace Goodspeed A paragraph starts off with "During a botched attempt to learn more about Sayid, he eventually escaped the DHARMA compound." The pronoun "he" is ambiguous as to who it is referring to: Sayid or Horace. 145, "Horace Unravels"
Horace remained the leader of the DHARMA compound for more than the next 10 years. Should read "for more than 10 years" or "for the next 10 years." 145, "Horace Unravels"
The Hydra In late 2004, Sawyer and Kate were forced to break up rocks to help the Hydra island’s runaway. Omits the word "build." 156, "The Runway"
The Incident "Juliet regained consciousness at the bottom the shaft" omits the word "of". 161, "That Day"
Isabella "Tuberculosis" is improperly capitalized. 163, main body
The Island Tense changes within first paragraph. Describes the Man in Black's "singular" purpose in three parts. 164, main body
Jack Shephard "Jack collaborated with Ana Lucia and later with which Rousseau and Juliet to plan counter-attacks." The "which" is not needed (possible remnant from earlier draft). 173, "Leadership"
Misspells fallibility "fallability". 174, "James 'Sawyer' Ford"
Jacob "Mother brutally murdered Claudia with her with own bare hands" has an extra "with" in the sentence. 179, "The Beginning"
Jeanette Lewis Says Charlotte left the island at age 3. Correctly stated as 6 elsewhere. 184, main body
Juliet "Juliet asked Ben if she could to return home." "To" and "return" are in reversed order. 196, "Other Truths"
Kahana Misspells "dinghy" as "dingy." 198, "Captain Gault"
Kate Austen Misspells "disappeared" as "disappeard". 204, "Jacob's Touch"
First two sentences appear to be a draft edit, followed by a much improved final draft. 207, "Equine/Human Relationship"
Misspells "consistent" as "consistant." 207, "Equine/Human Relationship"
Libby Smith "Message from Beyond" box is identical to the final sentence in the entry itself; inset box is likely the intended final placement. 217, main body and "Message from Beyond"
John Locke Misspells "because" as "becasue." 222, caption, third image.
Has a period instead of a space following a comma. 223, "Charlie"
Misspells foreshadowing "foreshaddowing". 225, "Sayid Foreshaddowing"
Magnus Hanso Final paragraph. A first draft sentence is followed by what appears to be the final edit. Also refers to the Blast Door Map as the "Blast Wall Map." 233, main body
The Man in Black The Man In Black told to Jacob.......(omit to) 235, "The Island Comes First"
States MIB stabbed Mother, then Jacob sees this, then MIB runs Mother through, then Jacob arrives. 235,"The Monster Within"
Says "the smoke monster than" rather than "then". 236, "The French Science Team"
There is an ungrammatical comma in "calm, manifestation". 236, "Survivors of Flight 815"
These boxes are nearly identical. 236, "Jacob's spirit" and 237, "Haunting reminders"
"Especially when Jack at his lowest" - omits was. 236, "As Christian Shephard"
In less specific incidences, but just a peculiar... Should read "just as peculiar." 237, "Destined to Use Locke?"
The word "of" omitted in "Benjamin Linus always felt he was living in the shadow Locke". 237, "As John Locke"
Compound sentence about Sayid and Sawyer working with the Man in Black repeated near verbatim as two separate sentences immediately afterward. 237, "As John Locke"
Jack dealt the final blow by kicking him over the edge, of the cliff (omit comma) 237, "As John Locke"
Refers to Locke as "the Locke". 237, "Destined to Use Locke?"
The Mesa Army Camp This text box abandons the "in-universe" style of the rest of the book, talking about the shooting location for the camp. 241, "The Real Mesa"
Miles Straume Says "Before the plan could take off"; clearly meant "plane". 250, "Escape Plan"
Mother Appositive "under the cover of dark" has comma at the end but not at the beginning. 253, "Duty Calls"
Nikki and Paulo Their were several disagreements about who or what was responsible for their "deaths." (Replace first their with there and put period at end.) 263, "The Medusa Spider"
Oceanic Flight 815 On Tracy's article, somewhere misspells "Steve Jekins" as "Scott Jekins". 270, "Tracy"
Oceanic Flight 815 Eli is listed under "Immediate Casualties", despite the fact the entry itself explains how Eli survived the crash, and that he was taken by the Others. 270, "Eli"
The Others "Man's" is capitalized improperly. 278, "The First Other"
Polar bears The section starting with "This theory is strengthened by the fact that Charlotte Lewis found the skeleton of a polar bear" and ending with "presumably via the Orchid Station" appears to be an earlier draft of the section immediately following, which begins with "The Hydra orientation video confirmed that as fact and it was further supported when Charlotte Lewis found the skeleton of a polar bear" and ending with "via the Orchid station". 291, "Polar DHARMA"
Roger Linus Claims Roger was killed on December 23 instead of December 19 as correctly stated elsewhere in the book. 301, "By The Numbers"
Bookshelf Mispelling of Nikki - "Nikkie". 307, "Jurassic Park"
Sayid Jarrah Fifth dot-point. "Bobby trap" should read "booby trap." 317, "A Man of Faith"
The Sickness Touches upon the Sickness and several unrelated sicknesses - the Purge, the pregnancy problems, the quarantine - as though describing a single phenomenon. Elsewhere, the book correctly distinguishes between them. 326, main body
Sun-Hwa Kwon Misspells Sun's fake name Dahlia Choi as "Dahlia Cho".
The Swan Final paragraph repeats information from the previous paragraph and should be omitted. 346, "The Hatch"
...where a long-term. two-person task was required...(change period to comma) 347, "Swan Origins"
The Tempest Much of the play’s subtext is about the difficulty of distinguishing between “men” from “monsters.” Should read ‘“distinguishing between “men” and “monsters” or “men” from “monsters”.’ 353, "Shakespeare's Tempest"
Tom Brennan Final sentence of the first paragraph and first sentence of the second paragraph are very similar. One of these sentences should be omitted. 357, "The Reunion"
Walt Lloyd Features an incomplete sentence: "To stop his father's initial escape attempt, he burned a raft Michael" 366, "Family Ties"
Wooden shed A first draft of a sentence, "Desmond survived the colossal amounts of electromagnetism," appears before a final draft stating that Simmons died, leaving Desmond trapped and able to survive. 372, main body
Index Daniel Faraday, Dave, Emily Linus, Kate's horse and Harper all include cross-references to the "smoke monster apparitions" page. None actually appear on the page.


Transcription errors

Article
Episode
Transcribed dialogue
Episode dialogue
Ancient dagger "Sundown" "Put this right through his chest." - Man in Black "Put this through his chest." - Man in Black


Omissions

Article
Omission
Amy Goodspeed No entry.
Cassidy Phillips No entry.
Elizabeth (sailboat) Omits any reference to its use by the survivors prior to the Man in Black's plan to sail to Hydra Island.
Ji Yeon Kwon No entry.
The Whispers No entry.
Martin Keamy No alphabetical entry but can be found in the Kahana entry under The Mercenary Team p.199


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