Put in below the home of Brown. That’s the sentence in the poem which seems to be one of the major keys for the finding of Forrest Fenn’s hidden treasure. It’s the eighth line in the poem:
As I have gone alone in there
And with my treasures bold,
I can keep my secret where,
And hint of riches new and old.
Begin it where warm waters halt
And take it in the canyon down,
Not far, but too far to walk.
Put in below the home of Brown.
‘Put in’ could suggest the 1150 AD bronze chest, filled with over a million dollars worth of gold and jewels, was ‘put in’ ‘something.’ That instead of this poem line referring to the searcher, it is referring to the chest. Many feel it is possible the treasure is concealed in a cave, stone crevice, or old mine. It was ‘put in’ there (below the home of Brown (where you may be standing at this point?).
Assumingly, some feel it could also mean ‘put in’ a stream or creek. For those who haven’t seen the latest Gadi Schwartz video, this seems to be what Gadi and Dal were thinking. They are shown looking in a stream. Or maybe they just liked the line on page 4 of the book which said, “My church is in the mountains and along the river bottoms where dreams and fantasies alike go to play.” The dreams of finding the treasure are ‘in the mountains and along the ‘river bottoms’?
The term ‘put in’ can also imply a few other meanings. However, wherever the chest rests, the person who eventually discovers it will have also unearthed the meaning to ‘home of Brown.’
There is an interesting point to bring up here. A few people are aware of the fur trapper Joe Meek and are following leads about him for the subsequent line of the poem, “From there it’s no place for the meek,…”
If meek refers to Joe Meek, and Brown refers to a proper name which needs capped (like Meek), then why didn’t Forrest capitalize meek? Too obvious? Or is Joe Meek proven wrong because Forrest doesn’t capitalize it?
I find it hard to decide. I like the Joe Meek line of thinking, but it would seem ‘questionable’, because it isn’t capped, like Brown is; If Brown is capped for that reason? I suppose this is one of the riddles. Obviously, by capping Brown, Forrest is drawing attention to its importance, but why? Does it refer to a proper name, place, or thing?
Thinking on that always gets me sidetracked, because since I can’t decide, I go back to the ‘put in’ and the fact Forrest could have put the treasure in a stream. I don’t like thinking that! But it does seem like a perfect place to hide a treasure, so that no one is going to just happen to come across it (unless you are looking for crayfish, which I actually do like to do with the kids..(wouldn’t the finding of a chest of gold instead of a crayfish be a surprise)!).
Plus, on page 137 of the book, Forrest mentions, “Bronze is a non-ferrous metal, meaning it won’t rust or deteriorate in any way.” Now he was talking about the making and hiding of his bronze bells, but the chest is bronze, as well.
The thought of it being in a stream, even though I imagine a small one; one which ‘there’ll be no paddle up your creek’ because it is too shallow, has me looking for a good pair of waterproof boots. Any suggestions? Lol…
Could the possibility it is hidden in a stream, also be a meaning behind, “Your effort will be worth the cold?” To be searching in a stream certainly would get a bit cold after awhile. But if you found the treasure, it would be worth it. And to back up just a bit to the Meek line of ‘From there it’s no place for the meek.’ Psalms 37:11 says, ‘the meek will inherit the land and enjoy great peace.’ However, the poem line says it is no place for the meek. Could this imply ‘it is in the water?’ (not the land in which the meek will gain title)
There is one other thing about this ‘put in’ a stream possibility. Although I would like to think ‘it’s not in a stream’, (for I don’t know why)…. I read the following sentence in a book Forrest mentioned in The Thrill of the Chase. It is:
“To be suddenly connected through a rainbow arc of rod and run of line to something as purely wild as God’s own trout produces astonishment at the cellular level and, at least for a moment, blurs the border between man and nature. It is a bond which renews itself time after time and is the addictive essence of the sport.”
Right before the poem, we all know it says, “So I wrote a poem containing nine clues that if followed precisely, will lead to the end of my rainbow and the treasure.”
Forrest loves to fish, if his ‘rainbow’ is that of the rod and line (like the above passage relates), at the end of his rainbow…..in a stream…..could be the treasure.
Darn, we might get wet fishing for gold! Of course, it still might be in a nice, dry, warm, place on land. Who knows? Only Forrest.
Best of luck to all…..
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Another possible interpretation for the line of ‘put in below the home of Brown’.
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