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Fringe's Glyph / Symbols Code Cracked!

      Email Post       4/07/2009 11:33:00 AM      

Fringe King Julian SanchezArs Technica editor Julian Sanchez (my new hero!) has finally cracked the code of the mysterious Fringe glyphs that appear during the commercial breaks, piggybacking on the work done in a recent Ars Technica article. Each glyph and position of the yellow dot indicate a different letter, so Julian used a simple one-to-one, monoalphabetic substitution cypher, like the Caeser Shift Astrid used in In Which We Meet Mr. Jones to link Mitchell Loeb's parasite to ZFT.

UPDATE: Fringepedia has a more complete list of Glyph Codes here.

Click here to read the solution


Each set of glyphs translate into a word, which relates to the theme of the episode:

101: OBSERVER
102: CHILD
103: AEGER [? -- AETHER would make more sense for the episode]
104: ROGUE
105: SURGG [should be SURGE?]
106: CELLS
107: CODES
108: TAKEN
109: VOICE
110: TRADE
111: SAVED
112: BISHOP
113: AVIAN
114: OLIVIA

42 Comments:

AnaA said...

That's just amazing!!!! I've been wondering what the heck it all meant for ages...

He should be getting a prize for that one!

(BTW, amazing blog this one, I come here about twice a day)

tallone said...

OMG Wow...good job!

ICEMAN said...

wow, i always knew they would end up spelling something- but i thought they all were lyk a greek letter or symbol- didnt think it be so "simple", even though its pretty complicated- im gonna find out what tonites spells out while watching

Anonymous said...

I always suspected it was something they had mentioned like Astrid's ceasar shift, but i had absolutely no idea how to go about figuring it out. Most impressive!

Adam Morgan said...

Sanchez for President!

ICEMAN said...

u must be missing one, cause the first commercial there was a 6 fingered LEFT hand, palm facing out (thumb on the left), and it was perfectly vertical, with dot on the right

Alex Radu said...

W is a 6-fingered hand with a the glowing ball of light on the right of it. Tonight's episode glyph decryptiong results in WALTER.

ICEMAN said...

k thx, thats what i thought, im assuming next episode will have the tail with the phib. sequence on it as theres a teradactly in it

Anonymous said...

Yeah, i had no idea what they were for, but i thought that they were...peculiar.

Anonymous said...

I've always wondered if the letters spelling out the names of the cities on J.J.'s "Alias" used the same kind of code. Did anyone ever figure out if that happened?

Anonymous said...

But why Walter in 115? He didn't appear to be the theme. Are they just spelling out the character names for lack of something better now? In fact, Walter seemed to have less of a role in 115 than in most episodes. Unless it's a hint that he has some sort of connection to the Observers. I mean, other than that he owed one a favor someday for saving him and his son.

Keith said...

In Latin, Aeger means:

1. sick, ill
2. (figuratively) difficult, reluctant, troublesome
3. (figuratively) anxious, troubled, sad

Keith said...

Also, In Norse Mythology, Aeger, spelled Ægir, is a giant and a king of the sea in Norse mythology .

vlllad said...

I'm not sure they link to each episode. I mean "observer" for episode 1 doesn't seem right. But I'm sure that when the season is over, we can form a sentence using those words that will probably give us a new clue.

Gil_cdn said...

Wow, thanks for cracking the code .... I am starting to think that if we collect code words for all 22 episodes, we might be able to come up with a sentence that will point us towards the great myth behind FRINGE ....

Steve said...

I really like this kind of stuff! Another interesting show was Jericho, that had hidden(?) messages using Morse code at the show's opening. Check it out!

ICEMAN said...

Episode 116 (i believe its 116) unleashed = PETER

Ryan said...

I wanted to use the solution as my wallpaper, so I made some assumptions about the missing letters and threw a couple together. Here's a couple links if anyone else is interested.

4:3 Wallpaper
http://stashbox.org/488960/FringeGlyphStd.jpg16:9 Wallpaper (same as the 4:3 but with the plaintext words from each episode on the sides)
http://stashbox.org/488962/FringeGlyphWide.jpgI'll finish filling in the words as the season finishes, so if you'd like the updated versions, let me know.

Ryan said...

bah, my formatting sucks. linebreaks after the links. additionally, these are not small (1920x1080 and 1440x1080)

ICEMAN said...

NEW LETTER THIS EPISODE!! THE SMOKE FACING LEFT, dot on the bottom left (i think thats were it was)

Mandy said...

My guess is that the new letter is a W.

Like Bell, W

But that's just a guess. Because last time we thought that the word was WALTER but spelled as UALTER.

So, I was left to believe that it was a word. Like U Alter. *shrug*

Mandy said...

Ooh, I take that back! I think it's a Y.

Belly! Walter's nickname for William Bell.

Anonymous said...

What about “Inner Child”? There was a hand with six fingers similar to to letter “V” but flipped to where the pinky was on the right.

Anonymous said...

but what about the images inside the images? Like the fetus in the apple and the bird on the flower?

Anonymous said...

Has anyone solved what is in the opening credits yet?! I've looked every where, and I don't have the technology to grab screencaps of the glyphs...

Dennis said...

There's no code in the opening credits. I wrote a post about it here: http://eastereggs.fringetelevision.com/2009/04/fringe-easter-eggs-glyphs-in-title.html

Anonymous said...

I have been waiting a LONG time for a show this good to come on... Since the X-Files.. Thank God its finally here.

Anonymous said...

4 symbols just flashed by in a couple seconds of the season finale commercial during House. My DVR is clunky and I didn't catch where the dots were but it was the hand with the fingers to the left, a leaf, a big apple, a smaller apple.

Anonymous said...

The newest is VISION

John said...

In ep 113 there is clearly a monarch (i forgot if it is the "o" or "p" monarch but in either case, there is not o or p in the title for ep 113 as it is listed as avian. it should be AVION

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kashiwazakinenji said...

I got the same solutions except for CHILD (second episode); my solution is BRELD, which I don't think is a word. I guess I didn't get it right.

Congrats!

Dennis said...

I believe there were some mistakes in the original airings, and that they have been corrected on the DVDs

Pete said...

New glyph in the Season 2 premiere, hand with the dot on the right, W, word is TOWER.

Trees said...

New glyph tonight. Horizonally flipped "N" glyph is "M" (unsurprisingly).

Tonight's word (9.24.09): MIRROR

Tammy said...

the W is a mirror-image of V, the X will be a horn with the dot on the left, the Y will be a mirror-image of T and the Z will be a mirror-image of X - a horn with the dot on the right.

Anonymous said...

NO one has said anything about the symbols inside the pictures. Like the 2 fetuses in the apple the gree letter phi on the frog, the equalateral triangle or pyramid on the leaf. What are these? You are all wrapped up in the pictures you are missing the smaller pieces.

Anonymous said...

So one of the codes was reveled and it related to the episode!!!! I finished watching and I was so happy I had time to spell out words during commercial breaks.

Anonymous said...

I was going to ask the same thing anonymous October 20th, the symbols hidden in plain sight, only seeing it for a split second, the whole thing seems like there's some sort of subliminal message tring to be put across, or it's just a good marketing idea.
Lozzy

John said...

i like fringe so much & i want to tell I was surprised when i saw fringe season 4

smpltnimnt said...

Unless im missing something there may yet be another glyph and therefore character. For example on the dvd menu screen there is a leaf similar to b however the leaf curvature goes up and to the left what is it. I am trying to decipher but just noticed

David Van Drunen said...

I selected the decoded messages from the episode numbers that correspond to the Fibonacci sequence; 1,2,3,5,8... (which relates to phi). There are messages in the sequence taken forwards and backwards.

Season 1: Observer Child, Aeger Surgg, Taken Avian
reverse episodes: Grave Vision, Eight Peter Avian Taken

Season 2: Tower Mirror Burial Betray Blight Window Return
reverse epi: Weiss Weapon Return Bridge Peters Avenge Burial

Season 3: Amber Alert Breach Event Cross Romad Multi
reverse epi: NoMore Multi Agent Fated Switch Unites Alert
(the special note, RoMAD stands for Robotic Multi-Agent Development System)

Season 4: Appear Limbus Reborn Still Jones Henry Powers
reverse epi: Purge Powers Alive Simon Quill March Limbus

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