Introduction to Twin Peaks
The Lodge
The Black Lodge
The White Lodge

Twin Peaks

The Owls are not what they seem

*The Lodge*

Laura Palmer's Theme must be one of the most hauntingly, beautiful songs I have ever heard. Hopefully this video will remain for a while. As I recall, in the series, this theme was played at the end while credits rolled over Laura's Homecoming Queen photograph and as it is the most obvious inclusion to this song, I have kept the picture below, in case the video is removed.

Laura, the Homecoming Queen

"Once upon a time, there was a place of great goodness called the White Lodge. Gentle fawns gambolled there amidst happy, laughing spirits. The sounds of innocence and joy filled the air. And when it rained, it rained sweet nectar that infused one's heart with a desire to live one's life in truth and beauty.

"Generally speaking, a ghastly place, reeking of virtue's sour smell. Engorged with the whispered prayers of kneeling mothers, mewling newborns, and fools, young and old, compelled to do good without reason.

"But, I am happy to point out that our story does not end in this wretched place of saccharine excess. For there's another place, its opposite: a place of almost unimaginable power, chock full of dark forces and vicious secrets. No prayers dare enter this frightful maw. Spirits there care not for good deeds or priestly invocations. They are as likely to rip the flesh from your bone as greet you with a happy 'Good day!'

"And if harnessed, these spirits in this hidden land of unmuffled screams and broken hearts would offer up a power so vast that its bearer might reorder the earth itself to his liking! This place I speak of, is known as the Black Lodge. And I intend to find it"

Windom Earle

These are the words of former FBI agent Windom Earle who was drawn towards the Black Lodge.

The Lodge is made up of two parts. The White Lodge and the Black Lodge. The Black Lodge contains the Red Waiting RoomRed Waiting Room which appears to be the meeting place, where the living, and the good and shadow selves can meet.

Deputy Hawk

Native American Indian, Deputy Hawk told Cooper: "My people believe that the White Lodge is a place where the spirits that rule man and nature reside. There is also a legend of a place called the Black Lodge ... the shadow-self of the White Lodge. The legend says that every spirit must pass through there on the way to perfection. There you will meet your shadow self. My people call it 'The Dweller on the Threshold.' But it is said, if you confront the Black Lodge with imperfect courage, it will utterly annihilate your soul."

The Lodges have been worshipped for centuries and unless you had the calling to be drawn to good or bad, humans chose which Lodge they would honour. However, entities from the Black Lodge gained much power if they claimed an innocent good soul, and there was a constant battle between the Lodges. The owls belong to the Black Lodge - remember the phrase? - "the owls are not what they seem". More about them later.

The two Lodges continue to fight for ultimate power over the real world, and a pathway to this place is near Twin Peaks. A map that showed the way into the Lodges was documented as a hieroglyph in a cave many years ago, but later, it was hidden deeper, to prevent the evil from discovering the Black Lodge.

The Black Lodge is opened by fear. The White Lodge is opened by love.

Windom Earle turned the rod in Owl's Cave, and inverted the symbol, making the opening ready when the Saturn/ Jupiter conjunction was soon to occur.

Are you confused yet? Well I am. Telling a story of Twin Peaks is pretty difficult, especially when you are only using your own ideas. Every site has its own story and theories, but the good thing about that is that we can consider each others views and that really helps to sort out your own.

Are you ready? We will move on now.