Season: 5, Episodes: 2, Faction: N/A
Dan Norton is an attorney working for the Agostini & Norton law firm, and Benjamin Linus’s lawyer.
On the mainland (2007)
5×01 – Because You Left
A couple of years after the rescue of the Oceanic Six, Norton appeared at Kate Austen’s door during a breakfast with her son. Norton appeared with a threatening and silent man behind him, and informed Kate that he worked for the law firm Agostini & Norton, before going on to tell her that he had a judge-signed court order for both her and her son to give up blood samples so that a maternity test could be done.
When asked, Norton refused to tell Kate who his client was. Kate refused to give any blood, ignoring Norton’s threats to return with a sheriff, and slamming the door in his face. (“Because You Left”)
5×04 – The Little Prince
Later, Kate met with Norton in his office, and offered to consent to the blood tests if Norton would let her meet with his client. Norton told her that his client would almost undoubtedly say no, as well as advising her to prepare herself for losing custody of Aaron.
Soon afterwards, Norton left his office to meet Carole Littleton, his client in a lawsuit against Oceanic Airlines, at a motel. Kate and Jack had followed, leading them to falsely believe that Carole was wanting custody of Aaron.
Norton then traveled on to a parking deck, where he met with Benjamin Linus, informing him that due to his efforts, Hurley would soon be released from prison. Ben refers to Norton as his lawyer, and later reveals that he is Norton’s client in the custody battle for Aaron. (“The Little Prince”)
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(Yam) A Semitic God, Yamm was adopted into the Egyptian pantheon as a malevolent God of the sea (that is, the Mediterranean), perhaps to distinguish these aspects of the sea from its fertility, which is particularly embodied by the native Egyptian sea God Wadj-wer, ‘the Great Green’. Egyptians seem to have adapted a Canaanite myth in which Yamm is subdued by Ba’al; in the Egyptian version it is who subdues Yamm by the power of his voice, implying thunder. Astarte, another Levantine deity adopted into the Egyptian pantheon, also figures in the myth, which is however only known from a very fragmentary papyrus and from scattered allusions elsewhere. The myth apparently tells of a time when Yamm possessed sovereignty over the cosmos and exacted tribute even from the other Gods, upon threat of flooding the world. Yamm desires to make Astarte his wife, or perhaps actually does so, but the Gods’ appeal to as their champion results in Yamm’s submission, and perhaps sets the stage for Yamm to wed Astarte himself (trans. in Simpson 2003). It is possible that this myth has not been adopted altogether from Canaanite sources, but rather that a native Egyptian myth was remodeled to incorporate elements of a foreign myth with similar themes.
Yamm was a Tyrannical god of the sea found who we know of from a fragmentary papyrus (Astarte Papyrus) which seems to hint that his exorbitant demands for tribute from the other deities were eventually thwarted by the goddess Astarte.
Yam, from the Canaanite word Yam, (Hebrew ים) meaning “Sea”, is one name of the Ugaritic god of Rivers and Sea. Also titled Judge Nahar (“Judge River”), he is also one of the ‘ilhm (Elohim) or sons of El, the name given to the Levantine pantheon. Others dispute the existence of the alternative names, claiming it is a mistranslation of a damaged tablet. Despite linguistic overlap, theologically this god is not a part of the later subregional monotheistic theology, but rather is part of a broader and archaic Levantine polytheism.
Yam is the deity of the primordial chaos and represents the power of the sea untamed and raging; he is seen as ruling storms and the disasters they wreak. The gods cast out Yam from the heavenly mountain Sappan (modern Jebel Aqra; “Sappan” is cognate to Tsephon. The seven-headed dragon Lotan is associated closely with him and the serpent is frequently used to describe him.
Of all the gods, despite being the champion of El, Yam holds special hostility against Baal Hadad, son of Dagon. Yam is a deity of the sea and his palace is in the abyss associated with the depths, or Biblical tehwom, of the oceans. (This is not to be confused with the abode of Mot, the ruler of the netherworlds.) In Ugaritic texts, Yam’s special enemy Hadad is also known as the “king of heaven” and the “first born son” of El, whom ancient Greeks identified with their god Cronus, just as Baal was identified with Zeus, Yam with Poseidon and Mot with Hades. Yam wished to become the Lord god in his place. In turns the two beings kill each other, yet Hadad is resurrected and Yam also returns. Some authors have suggested that these tales reflect the experience of seasonal cycles in the Levant.
Speculative similarities in other traditions
“Yam, Judge Nahar” also has similarities with Mesopotamian Tiamat and Abzu and the battle between Yam and Baal (the Storm God) resembles the battle in Hurrian and Hittite mythology between the sky God Teshub (or Tarhunt) with the serpent Illuyanka. In this respect the battle with Baal resembles the battle between Tiamat and Enlil and Babylonian Marduk. In the case of Yam, however, there is no indication that he was slain, as it appears from the texts that he was put to sleep through the intervention of Baal’s “sister” and wife, Anath.
Moreover, a comparison with the evil Jörmungandr (Norse world-serpent and deity of the sea) is accurate, given his description. Like Yam and Hadad, he and Thor (son of Odin) slay each other at the end of the world (Ragnarök or Twilight of the Gods).
In addition, the serpent-Titan Typhon battled the god Zeus over Olympus and was cast into the pits of the Earth.
Yam shares many characteristics with Greco-Roman Ophion, the serpentine Titan of the sea whom Cronus cast out of the heavenly Mt. Olympus.
The story is also analogus to the war between the serpent Vritra and the god Indra, son of the ‘Sky Father’ Dyaus Pita.
“Yw” in the Baal Cycle
At least one writer has pointed out, regarding the occurrence of “Yw” in the Baal Cycle, that one possible vocalization is “Yaw”, and thus may possibly have etymological ties to YHWH of the Hebrew Old Testament. Although, the original pronunciation of YHWH is likewise unknown and subject to much debate. Furthermore, “After 1200 BC, Yahweh is seldom mentioned in non-Israelite texts. The assertion that ‘Yahweh was worshipped as a major god’ in North Syria in the eighth century BC cannot be maintained.” In this case the struggle between Yam/Yaw and Baal, prefigures that mentioned Between the priests of Baal and the priests of Yahweh, led by Elijah, at Mount Carmel in 1 Kings 18.