The Thrill of the Chase Ending
At the end of The Thrill of the Chase, on the last page, are two Omega symbols. They rest near the top of the page and sit side by side. They obviously hold meaning to Forrest Fenn or he wouldn’t have placed them there.
The page is considered the colophon. It provides dating, publication, and printing details about the book. Since a colophon can also be considered a printer’s mark, the two Omega symbols could be such the brand for Mr. Fenn.
The Omega is the last letter of the Greek alphabet and is commonly used to refer to ‘end’. If the mark consisted of merely one Omega, it could easily be passed over to simply imply the ‘end of the book.’ However, there are two ‘ends’ and this has caused many to pause and ponder their meaning.
The image of two Omegas placed together, to me, suggests ‘Where two ends meet.’ I am reminded of Mr. Fenn’s words on page 117, “Time had taken them apart but it eventually brought them back together.” As far as I know, Forrest has never mentioned the meaning of the mark, so I do not know what the symbols mean to him and am only sharing my thoughts.
Nonetheless, I find it interesting the word colophon comes from the Greek meaning for ‘Summit, Peak, or Finishing’. In my mind, then, the double Omega colophon (if that is what it is) could conjure an image of two mountain peaks. The two ends (peaks) meet in a valley/canyon which rests between.
In a previous post, Six Questions with Forrest Fenn, he shared the following quote by T.S. Eliot:
“We shall not cease from our exploration
And at the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.”
Forrest has hidden his treasure in a place which holds special meaning to him. In the book he has said the poem (if followed precisely) “will lead to the end of my rainbow and the treasure.” Upon finding the treasure would be the ‘end of all our exploring for the chest of gold’. The location would be where two ends meet. Is the double Omega colophon a subtle hint of the treasure resting between two peaks?
Certainly, if you follow the poem and your location is not between two peaks, by all means search. No one knows for sure what the ‘subtle clues’ in the book are, or even exactly what clues imply. Forrest has mentioned to start at the beginning while referring to ‘where warm waters halt’. And while two ends will surely meet once the treasure is found, no one (except for Forrest) as of yet, knows where that precious place will be.
Best of luck to all!