The meaning of the Fringe glyphs, which make fleeting appearances between ad-breaks, was cracked earlier this year by Julien Sanchez. But for a while now, I’ve been wondering whether the symbols hold actual in-show meaning, especially since we’ve seen the leaf glyph appear quite prominently in an episode. The other day I came across something called the Nazca Geoglyphs – a group of gigantic symbols etched into the Peruvian dessert some 1500 years ago – these symbols bear more than a passing resemblance to our Fringe glyphs:
The drawings at Nazca, however, are unique because of their size and density within a 500 square kilometer area in southwest Peru. Straight lines that go on for hundreds of kilometers, only swerving out by a few degrees, huge trapezoids and spirals, and animal figures, some of which can be seen in their entirety from space – have been holding the attention of archaeologists since the 1920s. How did the Nazcans make them so precise? For whom? And why?
Could it be that the Fringe glyphs are based on the Peruvian Geoglyphs? The following season 1 scene makes be think it’s possible:
- The Nazca Geoglyphs are found in Peru – In episode 106, Nina Sharp asked Peter for a favor in forging relations with the indigenous Aymara people of central Peru so that Massive Dynamic can access the soil beneath their land. Coincidence, or an indication that Massive Dynamic are after the special properties connected to the Nazca Geoglyphs?
This leads me to speculate that the Fringe glyphs are also ancient in origin. Perhaps they are scattered all over the world (or worlds) and together represent a larger code integral to the mythology of the show, or signify certain ’soft spots’ suitable for crossing between realities?
There are those who believe that the Nazca glyphs have alien connections – If the Fringe glyphs are indeed based on the Nazca glyphs we could simply substitute any alien angle with the alternate reality storyline, therefore preserving the Fringe “no-alien” policy.