The Thrill of the Chase: If You are Brave and in the Wood

The Thrill of the Chase by Forrest Fenn has inspired many to start exploring the world around them.  In an article written by Margie Goldsmith, which appeared in the Hemispheres Magazine in January 2013, is a wonderful quote by Dal Neitzel.  It is as follows:

“Forrest Fenn is the hider of undiscovered dreams for thousands of folks who go looking for that treasure; and discover not the place where the treasure is hidden, but the place in their heart where adventure sleeps, and trails begin.”

How beautiful…..and wise.  I believe those who have taken on the challenge to find the chest of gold in the Rockies have experienced what Dal so elegantly described.  A spark is ignited and creates a blaze that will never be silenced again.  I also believe this could be exactly what Forrest Fenn is implying by his last lines in his poem:

If you are brave and in the wood
I give you title to the gold.

Mr. Fenn has been heard many times in saying he created the hunt for families to get out and about; to leave the couch, the TV, the comforts and luxuries of home to seek something more.

When I consider the National Anthem of the United States ends with, “Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave, o’er the land of the free and home of the brave?”,  I have to wonder if the ‘brave’ of Forrest Fenn’s poem implies America.  America was founded by explorers for a new world.  They left what they knew to seek something more.  They were brave.  It is the ‘home of the brave’.

The sentence includes not just ‘brave’, but ‘in the wood’ as well.  What could ‘in the wood’ suggest?  The center section of wood is called the heart. The heart is ‘in the wood’.  Could then ‘If you are brave and in the wood’ imply ‘the heart of America’?

Some may apply this straight to a location and think Rocky Mountain National Park, as this is sometimes mentioned to be ‘the heart of the Rockies’.  I have explored this possibility and it very well may be.  Salida, Co. is another ‘heart of the Rockies’.

But I have also considered this to refer directly to the Thrill of the Chase.  Only if you find the ‘heart of America’ in you, and what made this country great, are you experiencing the Thrill of the Chase and able to find the treasure and be given the ‘title to the gold.’

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5 Responses

  1. I think “in the wood” is very symbolic, and mearly suggests that you are out there and not behind your silly screens or tv sets. -2c-

  2. Seeker says:

    I translate the last stanza as, I (FF) have told you all you need to know to solve the poem. If you have been wise, your effort will be worth the the chest. If your brave (Like a warrior) and not meek of being the wilderness and find the chest, I give ownership to the one whom is worthy.

  3. Jerry says:

    Good morning Jenny! Just wanted to share that I think there is a connection between the w00d and the word Truth (pronounced tr00th).. wherein I see r00t

  4. eric says:

    There is -as ALWAYS- more to it. Im the wood is actually quite deeper. “Wood” by definition in one individual of a type of tree, or a group of one type of tree. Once you see it you will understand though.

  5. MF says:

    The poem seems to have been written to a person 5000 years ago or 5000 years in the future provided that they understand the english language. FF has said that finding an arrow head was a thrill of a lifetime.

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