Friday, August 7, 2015

FFTKs about Lighthouses

As you may have figured out from the poster, the lighthouse plays a major part in The Forlorned. It's the reason that Tom Doherty ever went to Canada, and to the island.

I don't know about you, but I don't know much about lighthouses, despite having visited/seen my fair share of them. Here are some Fun Facts to Know about lighthouses!

Pharos of Alexandria,
recreated, as the lighthouse
is mostly rubble now.
The first documented lighthouse was built 2285 years ago, in Egypt. Known as Pharos of Alexandria, the lighthouse was in Egypt, using fire on a stone platform. It stood at the entrance to port, making it a "Harbor Light." It is estimated at 450 feet tall, which is a foot taller than the Pyramids of Giza.This lighthouse, destroyed exactly 712 years ago (as of tomorrow) by an earthquake, is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. I must say documented as it is not the first lighthouse/beacon of all time, but we do not have records of the others.

The Tower of Hercules
The three tiny dots to the right
are humans, to give scale.
The oldest standing lighthouse is the Tower of Hercules. This Roman-built tower marks La Coruña harbor in Spain. Built at around 115 C.E., during the Roman occupation, the tower is just over 180 feet tall, on top of a 187 foot rock. The uppermost point is over 328 feet above sea level. However,  only the first 111 feet or so are the original Roman masonry, and the rest is restoration work by Eustaquio Giannini which took place in the 18th century.
The Jeddah Light



The tallest lighthouse of the modern world is Jeddah Light, which can be found in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. This lighthouse is made of concrete and steel, is still in use, and is 436 feet tall, 131 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty. It is a Harbor Light, marking Jeddah Seaport. It can be seen 25 nautical miles out (29 miles).



Both lighthouses,
with L'Île Vierge
The tallest traditionally-built lighthouse is Île Vierge, which can be found on a tiny island off of mainland France; L’Île Vierge - the Virgin Island. This lighthouse - which is still inhabited - is considered the tallest traditionally-built (aka cut-stone) lighthouse. This lighthouse 271 foot tall lighthouse, built by 1952, was the second lighthouse on the point, replacing one that was 108 feet tall from 1845.


In the book and the movie, the lighthouse is situated on an island, isolated from the rest of the world. There are even moments when the fog is so thick that, for all intents and purposes, it may as well be in another world. This isolation, Townsend says, is what makes it scary. And I have to agree. As I talked about in the Fear and the Power of Words post, isolation is key.
The top of the 3D rendered lighthouse to be used in The Forlorned
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