Classically, beacons are fires lit on hills or high places, used either as lighthouses for navigation at sea, or for signalling over land that enemy troops are approaching, and alerting the defense. In the latter iteration, beacons are an ancient form of optical telegraphy, and were always parts of a relay league.
In Israel beacons were used to show the beginning of the month.
In The Lord of the Rings, a series of seven beacons is used as a signaling device between Gondor and Rohan. In the film adaptation of The Return of the King, Gandalf has Pippin light the beacon closest to Minas Tirith. The series is then lit, thereby notifying Rohan's King Théoden that Gondor calls for help in the battle against Sauron.
Corn maze maker issued temporary permit ; Nearby residents had argued that attraction wasn't good fit with area's unlighted streets
Oct 02, 2002; The Otis Orchards maize maze stays - at least for now. Spokane County planners gave a green light Tuesday to maze builder Philipp...