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Journal #3
S1e20 Secrets...
Type Book
First appearance
First episode "Tourist Trapped"
Latest episode "Sock Opera"
Appearances 16

Journal #3 is part of a series of cryptic books, also containing Journal 2, (formerly owned by Gideon Gleeful) and Journal 1, (owned by Stan Pines), that contains information about the supernatural elements of Gravity Falls, mainly creatures like the gnomes. It is currently in the possession of Dipper Pines and Stan Pines (as a copy).

History

Prior to Dipper's and Mabel's arrival in Gravity Falls, the journal's author had been studying the mysteries of the town and recorded their knowledge of the town in the book. But, after an unknown period of time the author felt that they were being watched and hid the book in the forest, in order to prevent someone (referred to as "he" ) from obtaining the book.

S1e1 machine in tree

The strange machine in the metal tree.

When Dipper goes into the woods to hang signs leading to the Mystery Shack, he comes across a metallic hollow tree containing a strange machine. After playing around with the switches, he opens a hidden compartment in the ground and comes across the journal for the first time. Dipper flips through the pages for a brief while before Mabel greets him, and after she inquires as to what he is reading, the two return to the Shack, where Dipper tells Mabel about the journal. Later, Dipper consults the journal for clues about Mabel's new boyfriend, "Norman," whom he comes to suspect is a zombie. He tells Mabel about his suspicions, showing her the entry that convinced him in the process, though she does not believe him. It turned out that Norman was a group of gnomes. Dipper checks the gnome page for possible weaknesses as he and Mabel battle the gnomes, and writes about his experiences on a blank page at the end of the episode.

S1e1 dipper opening secret compartment

Dipper uncovers the compartment containing 3.

Dipper reads about a cave behind a waterfall, into which he and his friends to escape, as he, Mabel, and Soos flee from Old Man McGucket's gobblewonker robot. In "Headhunters," Dipper flips through a few pages at the scene of Wax Stan's murder, and is seen reading it at the living room table after Mabel returns from her first date with Gideon Gleeful, in "The Hand That Rocks the Mabel." Dipper shows the page on ghosts to Mabel in the gift shop in "The Inconveniencing," and later to Wendy Corduroy and her friends.

In "Irrational Treasure," the twins read about the town law stating it is legal to marry woodpeckers. In that same episode, after Pacifica Northwest teases Mabel, the two read about and decide to investigate the possibility of Nathaniel Northwest, alleged town founder and great-great grandfather of Pacifica, being a fraud, so they can put the popular girl in her place. Dipper reads about height-altering crystals in "Little Dipper," wishing to use them to make himself taller, and checks on its position in his vest pocket as Gideon Gleeful interrogates him about how he came upon the crystals. In "Boss Mabel," Dipper uses the journal to help him catch a Gremloblin. In "Bottomless Pit!," Mabel, who reads it for the first time in the series, reads the journal about the truth teeth. In "Land Before Swine" Dipper is seen reading the floating eyeballs and giant vampire bats pages. In "Dreamscaperers" Dipper and Mabel are reading about Bill Cipher in it. It's also seen when Bill flashes it on his body.

S1e19 bill knows lots of things4

Bill displaying 3 in "Dreamscaperers."

In "Gideon Rises," Dipper and Mabel plan to take the deed to the Shack back by using the journal. They look through its contents and decide to use the gnomes' power to help. Once their plan with the gnomes fails, 3 falls from Dipper's vest and is stolen by Gideon, in an attempt to gather all the journals. Gideon then finds out there are not 2, but 3 journals and is convinced that Dipper has 1. He uses the Gideon-bot to catch up to them, but after a fight between him and Dipper, the robot is destroyed, and Dipper finds 3 in the remains. Back at the Shack, Dipper and Mabel decide to show 3 to Stan, and he finds it hilarious and takes it, saying it could show him good attractions in its contents. Stan then goes to laboratory and it is revealed he holds 1. He unites 1, 2, and 3 to form a portal.

In Scary-oke, it was discovered that even more information was written in invisible ink and can only be read under black light.

Pages and text

Pages 1 and 2

S1e1 3 book introduction

3's introductory pages.

"June 18
It's hard to believe it's been six years since I began researching the strange and wondrous secrets of Gravity Falls, Oregon. In all my travels, never have I observed so many curious things! Gravity Falls is indeed a geographical oddity.
"

"First page is a farce. Uhhh, to the untrained beginner's eye it may seem to contain relevant information. I can assure you it's not the case. For you see, this is all gibberish. Pure nonsense, if you wish. In fact, none of my sample writing is of any significance. I rarely dot my I's and T's, punctuation has alone taken a bind next to pure theatre. It is indeed a long lost stunt. Please enjoy. Please enjoy the irrelevant and incomprehensible rambling seen."

Gnomes

S1e20 The Gnomes!

Updated gnome page.

"Creature #24
Danger unknown. Little men of the Gravity Falls forest.
Weaknesses: ?
Pointy hats!
10" (10 inches tall)
"
-Tourist Trapped

In Gideon Rises, it's shown that Dipper had filled the weakness part with "Leaf blowers" and scratched out the question mark at the end.

Cursed Doors

S1e1 3 book cursed doors

"Any door with the number thirteen is a portal to a different world."

"Case #28
Avoid this door on Main Street!
"

"Knock, Knock
Who's there?
The forces of evil!

Dark Energy readings 40% higher this year!
"

Trust No One and Wheel page

S1e1 3 book trust no one

Wheel page.

S2e1 can't sleep

Under blacklight.

"Unfortunately, my suspicions have been confirmed, I'm being watched. I must hide this book before He finds it. Remember, in Gravity Falls there is no one you can trust. TRUST NO ONE!"

"Thirteen ____ wheel found in the back of a literature book at the Gravity Falls library shows a number of interesting symbols and equations. The central eye denotes mystical power. Note that several different ____ and continues upper. What does it all mean?"

In invisible ink it is revealed the wheel is some kind of puzzle the author was trying to figure out. Sections of the wheel are filled in. And the author drew a frowny face in the middle. They makes a note underneath that is underlined several times. On the left page the words 'TRUST NO ONE' has been circled.

"Can't Sleep! Can't Sleep! Can't Sleep! Can't Sleep! Can't Sleep! Can't Sleep! Can't Sleep! Can't Sleep!"

"Is this right?
I just don't know anymore!
"

The Undead

S1e1 3 undead other page too

Zombies

S2e1 zombie weakness

Under blacklight.

"Known for their pale skin and bad attitudes, these creatures are often mistaken for teenagers. Beware Gravity Falls' nefarious zombies".
(Invisible Ink)
"Zombies have a weakness!
Previously thought to be invincible, their skulls can be shattered by a perfect three part harmony.
"

Ghosts

S1e5 ghosts in book

Ghosts.

"Always have a reason of some kind.
Photographic Proof!
Ectoplasm Sample (Gravity Falls town hall)
"

Floating Eyeballs

S1e1 3 book floating eyeballs

Floating Eyeballs.

S2e1 nonsense and fruit bats

Under blacklight.

"Are they watching me?

  • Visible only at night
  • No retinal cord
  • No response to contact
  • Spooky''"

"Only when I am summoned that the eye had returned. ____ ___ proven is a false."

Under black light further information is revealed in invisible ink. Over the word 'EYEBALLS' they author wrote 'NONSENSE.' They also crossed out the eyeball doodle in the corner of the page.

"Nonsense! I was wrong to worry about these things! They are inconsequential!"

"Pepper spray makes 'em go away!!!"

Giant Vampire Bats

"Giant Vampire Bats!! 10 feet, Desmodus Rotundus"

In invisible ink it is revealed that the Vampire Bats are actually fruit bats. Over the word 'VAMPIRE' the author wrote 'FRUIT.' They sketched out a pear and grapes on either side of the bat illustration. And crossed out the eyes of the bat head drawing. Over the detailed notes they wrote a new message which is underlined.

" Nothing to worry about. All they want is fruit."

Nathaniel Northwest conspiracy

S1e8 page where map is

"In my investigations I have recently made a discovery, Nathaniel Northwest was not be the founder of Gravity Falls. And his entire family legacy is a fraud! I believe the proof of this secret is buried somewhere in the enclosed document. If only I could crack the code..."

Height Alteration

S1e11 3 Height Crystals Page

Height Alteration

"Legends telling of miniature buffalo and giant squirrels have lead me to believe that there are height altering properties buried deep within the forest..."

"fig 1. crystal
this shiny crystal are found in a glades deep within the forest of Gravity Falls...
fig 2. Different colors perform different functions.
A shrinking properties
B enlarging properties
C ordinary crystal
[fanged skull] Found near the crystals!
"

Dipper's Pages

S1e1 dipper writing in 3

Dipper's page.

The left page has a few words cut off and a drawing of a Mystery Shack bumper sticker:

"If you go on enough road trips chances are, you've seen a certain bumper sticker: WHAT IS THE MYSTERY SHACK? It's yellow so you can't miss it."

Right page:

"Finally back safe and sound from one of the weirdest days at Gravity Falls. This journal told me there was no one in Gravity Falls I could trust, but when you battle a hundred gnomes side-by-side with someone, you realize that they've probably always got your back."

Maze Page

See also: Universe portal
S1e20 3 Maze Page

Maze Page.

There are some codes. Down below on the page, there's a binary code which means 'J'. It is:

"0100101000011010"

In a later episode the box on the left corner included a new code:

"Symbol cipher - TSymbol cipher - HSymbol cipher - ESymbol cipher - SpaceSymbol cipher - PSymbol cipher - OSymbol cipher - RSymbol cipher - TSymbol cipher - ASymbol cipher - LSymbol cipher - SpaceSymbol cipher - WSymbol cipher - HSymbol cipher - ESymbol cipher - NSymbol cipher - SpaceSymbol cipher - CSymbol cipher - OSymbol cipher - MSymbol cipher - PSymbol cipher - LSymbol cipher - ESymbol cipher - TSymbol cipher - ESymbol cipher - DSymbol cipher - SpaceSymbol cipher - WSymbol cipher - ISymbol cipher - LSymbol cipher - LSymbol cipher - SpaceSymbol cipher - OSymbol cipher - PSymbol cipher - ESymbol cipher - NSymbol cipher - SpaceSymbol cipher - ASymbol cipher - SpaceSymbol cipher - GSymbol cipher - ASymbol cipher - TSymbol cipher - ESymbol cipher - WSymbol cipher - ASymbol cipher - YSymbol cipher - SpaceSymbol cipher - TSymbol cipher - OSymbol cipher - SpaceSymbol cipher - ISymbol cipher - NSymbol cipher - FSymbol cipher - ISymbol cipher - NSymbol cipher - ISymbol cipher - TSymbol cipher - ESymbol cipher - SpaceSymbol cipher - NSymbol cipher - ESymbol cipher - WSymbol cipher - SpaceSymbol cipher - WSymbol cipher - OSymbol cipher - RSymbol cipher - LSymbol cipher - DSymbol cipher - SSymbol cipher - SpaceSymbol cipher - ASymbol cipher - NSymbol cipher - DSymbol cipher - SpaceSymbol cipher - HSymbol cipher - ESymbol cipher - RSymbol cipher - ASymbol cipher - LSymbol cipher - DSymbol cipher - SpaceSymbol cipher - ASymbol cipher - SpaceSymbol cipher - NSymbol cipher - ESymbol cipher - WSymbol cipher - SpaceSymbol cipher - ESymbol cipher - RSymbol cipher - ASymbol cipher - SpaceSymbol cipher - ISymbol cipher - NSymbol cipher - SpaceSymbol cipher - MSymbol cipher - ASymbol cipher - NSymbol cipher - KSymbol cipher - ISymbol cipher - NSymbol cipher - DSymbol cipher - SSymbol cipher - SpaceSymbol cipher - USymbol cipher - NSymbol cipher - DSymbol cipher - ESymbol cipher - RSymbol cipher - SSymbol cipher - TSymbol cipher - ASymbol cipher - NSymbol cipher - DSymbol cipher - ISymbol cipher - NSymbol cipher - GSymbol cipher - SpaceSymbol cipher - OSymbol cipher - FSymbol cipher - SpaceSymbol cipher - TSymbol cipher - HSymbol cipher - ESymbol cipher - SpaceSymbol cipher - USymbol cipher - NSymbol cipher - ISymbol cipher - VSymbol cipher - ESymbol cipher - RSymbol cipher - SSymbol cipher - E.Symbol cipher - SpaceSymbol cipher - PSymbol cipher - LSymbol cipher - USymbol cipher - S,Symbol cipher - SpaceSymbol cipher - ISymbol cipher - TSymbol cipher - SpaceSymbol cipher - WSymbol cipher - ISymbol cipher - LSymbol cipher - LSymbol cipher - SpaceSymbol cipher - PSymbol cipher - RSymbol cipher - OSymbol cipher - BSymbol cipher - ASymbol cipher - BSymbol cipher - LSymbol cipher - YSymbol cipher - SpaceSymbol cipher - GSymbol cipher - ESymbol cipher - TSymbol cipher - SpaceSymbol cipher - GSymbol cipher - ISymbol cipher - RSymbol cipher - LSymbol cipher - SSymbol cipher - SpaceSymbol cipher - TSymbol cipher - OSymbol cipher - SpaceSymbol cipher - SSymbol cipher - TSymbol cipher - ASymbol cipher - RSymbol cipher - TSymbol cipher - SpaceSymbol cipher - TSymbol cipher - ASymbol cipher - LSymbol cipher - KSymbol cipher - ISymbol cipher - NSymbol cipher - GSymbol cipher - SpaceSymbol cipher - TSymbol cipher - OSymbol cipher - SpaceSymbol cipher - MSymbol cipher - ESymbol cipher - SpaceSymbol cipher - FSymbol cipher - ISymbol cipher - NSymbol cipher - ASymbol cipher - LSymbol cipher - LSymbol cipher - Y. "

Once decoded, it reads "THE PORTAL WHEN COMPLETED WILL OPEN A GATEWAY TO INFINITE NEW WORLDS AND HERALD A NEW ERA IN MANKIND’S UNDERSTANDING OF THE UNIVERSE. PLUS, IT WILL PROBABLY GET GIRLS TO START TALKING TO ME FINALLY."

Gremloblin

S1e20 new Gremloblin page

The Gremloblin

If you look into his eyes you can see your worst nightmares.

"fungi detail.

___ ___ razor sharp teeth.

The gremloblin can be found deep in the ____ ______ of Gravity Falls. Beware of the Gremloblin(?)

Gremloblin claws are extremely dangerous due to a neurotoxin ___ ____ into humans. Extreme strength and sheer mass gives the gremloblin an extra advantage in the wild. They must ___ ___ all ___.

[Wing diagram] Dactylopatagium (bottom right); Plagiopatagium (bottom left)

CLAWS EMIT NEUROTOXINS

When fighting a gremloblin use water [next page] only as a last resort as water will make him much much scarier.
"

Truth Telling Teeth

S1e14 truth telling teeth

Truth Telling Teeth.

"Buried 'neath the tree stump in the deep forest are Truth Teeth, which force upon the wearer the inability to lie."

On the page next to the one above is a map of where the tree is.

Squash with a Human Face and Emotions

S1e20 Squash with a Human Face and Emotions

Squash with a Human Face and Emotions.

"He's Gourd-geous!
Seeds with warts
Future generations of pumpkinmen!"

While looking for ideas to defeat Gideon, Dipper calls this page "Butternut squash with a human face and emotions" instead of just "squash."

The code in the top right corner of its page reads:

"Symbol cipher - DSymbol cipher - OSymbol cipher - N'Symbol cipher - TSymbol cipher - SpaceSymbol cipher - ESymbol cipher - ASymbol cipher - TSymbol cipher - SpaceSymbol cipher - HSymbol cipher - ISymbol cipher - M."

Once decoded, it reads "DON'T EAT HIM."

Barf Fairy

While looking for ideas to defeat Gideon in the journal, Dipper mentions a page describing a "barf fairy."[1]

Bill Cipher

S1e19 Bill page

Bill Cipher.

Left page: These is a symbol cipher cryptogram on the same place of the page where Bill's name is written:

" Symbol cipher - LSymbol cipher - ISymbol cipher - ASymbol cipher - R
Symbol cipher - MSymbol cipher - OSymbol cipher - NSymbol cipher - SSymbol cipher - TSymbol cipher - ESymbol cipher - R
Symbol cipher - SSymbol cipher - NSymbol cipher - ASymbol cipher - PSymbol cipher - PSymbol cipher - Y
Symbol cipher - DSymbol cipher - RSymbol cipher - ESymbol cipher - SSymbol cipher - SSymbol cipher - ESymbol cipher - R "

Which translates to:
LIAR
MONSTER
SNAPPY
DRESSER

Underneath an illustration of Bill is the following, which is crossed out in red:

"Bill has proven himself to be one of the friendliest and most trustworthy individuals that I've ever encountered in my life. What a guy! I honestly can't trust him more. Not evil in any way, Bill is a true gentleman."

Under the crossed out words, in red it says:

"CAN'T BE TRUSTED!"

Right page:

"Beware Bill. The most powerful and dangerous creature I've ever encountered. Whatever you do, never let him into your mind."

"It is possible to follow the demon into a person's mind and prevent his chaos. DO NOT SUMMON AT ALL COSTS."

Following page:

"One must simply recite this incantation: Fidentus omnium. Magister mentium. Magnesium ad hominem. Magnum opus. Habeas corpus. Inceptus Nolanus overratus. Magister mentium. Magister mentium. Magister mentium."

The Hide Behind

Short6 The Hide Behind book 3 entry

The Hide Behind

Left page has a few words cut off screen:

"eleven in the hand [cut] Gravity [cut] number if _____ [cut]."

Right page:

"The unseen shadow of 2 men.

Mysterious creature of the shadows. _______ behind the _____ one

FOOTPRINTS!

NEVER BEEN SEEN!"

Stomach-Faced Duck

S2e1 stomach faced duck

Stomach-Faced duck

When Dipper showed the government agents his journal, this page was seen but the two quickly dismiss Dipper’s claim.[2]

Leprecorn

S2e1 lepcracorn

The Leprecorn

When Dipper showed the government agents his journal, this page was seen but the two quickly dismiss Dipper’s claim.[3] There are two codes on it's pages, they're both ceaser ciphers.

The one on the left page near the bottom reads:

"VDWFK RXW"

Once decoded, it reads "WATCH OUT."

The one in the right page under it's sketch reads:

"NLOO PH SOHDVH"

Once decoded, it reads "KILL ME PLEASE."

Spells

S2e1 it says don't read aloud dipper

The Spells page

"DO NOT READ ALOUD!"

The Spells page includes a spell to awaken the dead, as noted on the accompanying left page. Although the book says "Daminium," Dipper reads it as "Domnius."

"Zombie curse →

Corpus Levitas
Diablo Daminium
Mondo Vicium
"

(Which translates to, Bodies rise, devil dominion, world change {or world master})

Hiding spot

S2e1 hiding spot

Hiding Spot page.

The page is an illustration of the tree Dipper originally found journal #3 nearby of. And the switch box that was inside the tree that opened the compartment in the ground. The corner of the page has the words "Hiding Spot?" but under blacklight more firmly states "My Hiding Spot." The blacklight reveals more to the illustration, showing a hidden staircase that winds around the tree, and a warning pointing down to a bunker under the tree's roots. A small eye has been doodled on the screen of the mechanism that opened 3's compartment.

"Giant pinecones!"

"My Hiding Spot?"

"⇩ DANGER!
Last resort
↓ Prepare for the end
"

The accompanying page on the left has a binary code. Under blacklight it shows the symbol of the Blindeye Society. The symbol was first revealed when putting together all six page pieces from "Dipper's Guide to the Unexplained."

"010100000111010101110
1000010000001100001
011011000110110000100
000011100110110100101
11100000100000011100
000110100101100101011
000110110010101110011
00100000011101000110
1111011001110110010101
110100011010000110010
10111001000100001
"

Once decoded, it reads :"PUT ALL SIX PIECES TOGETHER!"

Security Room

S2e2 Secruity Room

All the symbols in the room.

S2e2 Secruity Code

The escape code.

The Security Room is a room in the author's bunker which leads to the lab area. The walls slowly close in on the person who steps on the middle pad and the right symbols must be pressed in order for the lab door to appear. The journal shows the correct code under black light.

Miscellaneous information

These are snippets gathered from the book, but a page hasn't been specified.

  • In Gravity Falls it used to be legal to marry woodpeckers.[5]
  • One page contains the cure for zombification; the only details stated are that it involves lots of formaldehyde and cinnamon.[6]

Eyepiece

Just inside the front cover, the book has an eyepiece (possibly a monocle) attached to the journal via a cord. Its purpose is unknown and it has been used as a bookmark by Dipper as seen in "Irrational Treasure." This eyepiece separates book 3's appearance from book 1 and 2.

Secret of the Journals

S1e20 all maze page

3(left), 2(right), 1(center)

In order to properly complete the device, one must posses all three journals. Apparently, the author believed if constructed, the result could be catastrophic, so they made sure the journals were well hidden safe distance from each other, also placing a warning to whom ever finds the journal: "TRUST NO ONE!"

But Dipper allowed Stan to learn of his possession of the journal, who then took it to activate a device using the combined algorithm of all three books.

Appearance

Book 3 appearance

Journal #3 has the main color of burgundy and has various rips and tears on the cover due to age, it has two gold lines on its spine and all four of its corners are gold. In the middle of the book there is a gold hand with six fingers and the number 3 in the middle. On the back, it shows various alchemist symbols.

Sightings

Season 1

Season 2

Shorts

Games

Trivia

S1e1 Original Gnome Page

That's different...

  • In an early promo that aired on Disney Channel, the gnome page had a creepier but fairly more accurate drawing of a gnome.
  • Until "Gideon Rises," only books 3 (in Dipper's possession) and 2 (in Gideon's possession) had been seen, implying but never outright confirming the existence of Journal 1. In "Gideon Rises," 1 was revealed to be owned by Stan.
  • The hand on the cover has alternated from six to five fingers.
S1e1 book 3 strange runes

(Left) The code to Stan's lab

S1e11-20 The code is different

Top "Little Dipper," bottom "Gideon Rises."

  • Random alchemist symbols of "fusion," "pulverize," "solution," "dryness," "extraction," "composition," "digestion," "coagulation," "reverberation," and "reduction" appear throughout the pages.
    • Together, "composition," "pulverize," "digestion," and "fusion" is the code Stan uses to enter his secret laboratory.
  • Dipper's handwritten pages are the only revealed page to have lines on it.
  • Both "3" and "Journal 2" have pages on zombies as seen and heard in "Tourist Trapped" and "Little Dipper," respectively.
  • 3 shows signs of neglect that show of its storage underground. When it was first seen, it was layered with dust, and 2 has small tears on the cover, while 1 is in a worse state, as it has larger tears.
  • The maze page in "Little Dipper" and "Gideon Rises" has different symbols in it. This was done to hide the code, until it was ready to be revealed.

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References

  1. "Gideon Rises" Matt Chapman, Alex Hirsch, & Michael Rianda (writers) and John Aoshima & Joe Pitt (directors). Gravity Falls. Disney Channel. August 2, 2013. No. 20, season 1
  2. "Scary-oke" Jeff Rowe, Matt Chapman, Alex Hirsch (writers) & Rob Renzetti (director). Gravity Falls. Disney Channel. August 1, 2014. No. 1, season 2
  3. "Scary-oke" Jeff Rowe, Matt Chapman, Alex Hirsch (writers) & Rob Renzetti (director). Gravity Falls. Disney Channel. August 1, 2014. No. 1, season 2
  4. "The Legend of the Gobblewonker". Michael Rianda, Alex Hirsch (writers) & John Aoshima (director). Gravity Falls. Disney Channel. June 29, 2012. No. 2, season 1
  5. "Irrational Treasure" David Sack, Tim McKeon & Alex Hirsch (writers) and John Aoshima (director). Gravity Falls. Disney Channel. August 17, 2012. No. 8, season 1
  6. "Scary-oke" Jeff Rowe, Matt Chapman, Alex Hirsch (writers) & Rob Renzetti (director). Gravity Falls. Disney Channel. August 1, 2014. No. 1, season 2

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