Home of Brown - Canada?
There are some very interesting hints alluding to Canada but has anyone considered it one of the nine clues? No I am not talking about the treasure being hidden in Canada but rather one of the clues.
Ok I am biased because I am from Canada, but to be honest I never considered it a clue until I started following them.
The poem has always highlighted "Brown" with a capital "B", of course many seekers realized this hinted to a person, however there are only so many people named Brown.
The poem contains the first hint, “worth the cold,” for Canada is associated with cold weather. The first hint that Forrest gave was when he published his second book “too far to walk” and said there is an accidental “major” clue in it that he didn’t know existed when it was published. He later admitted that Canada was omitted from the map in the book thus eliminating Canada from the possible areas. Next he started posting a few Canadian emails that highlighted where they were from, but one had these cute little polar bears. More on that later.
Then there was that Philadelphia incident that caught most people’s attention indicating there has a hint in there somewhere. I talked about how it related to the Apollo 8 mission in my book but what was interesting is he said he flew the T-33 Jet at 49,000 feet. That can’t happen because the T-33 has a surface ceiling of 47,500 and even if it could go that high, the trip from Stephenville, Canada to Pope was in a westward direction and that requires either 47,000 or 43,000 feet for direction of flight. The number 49 hints Canada’s 49th parallel, the border between the USA.
Then he confirmed it at Mysterious Writings when he said “No 49” instead of “No 49 Dollars." Trivia: that is the main reason I wrote exactly 49,000 words in my book, Finding Forrest Fenn, and decided to post the rest on this blog.
Now for the more interesting connection. As a kid I am sure you read Charlie Brown and you may have even wondered if Snoopy would ever get the Red Baron. But did you ever wonder who really shot down the Red Baron?
Forrest said recently that he would like to be remembered for being shot down twice. [insert record screeching to halt] Forrest is a fighter pilot and he makes a pretty big deal about that “War for Me” story he told in his memoir, so one would think that something subtle about that should fit into his poem.
In World War I, flying aces were a pretty big thing and the most notorious German ace was Baron Von Richthofen or “The Red Baron”, who just happen to have 80 kills (same age as when Forrest hid the treasure). Baron is a title of nobility, which I talked about in my book and I feel the nobility title is what Mr. Fenn is referring to in the poem with this line, “I give you title to the gold.” Is the title he is giving or hinting - Baron Von Richthofen? He is German just like Fenn’s special dog Tesuque (who probably thinks he is Snoopy).
In stanza 1, the only hint in the poem is “hint of riches new and old.” In my previous blog post I discussed that the hint could be “riches” as in Riches the name. The "old Rich" could be Rich - tho - Fen. Why not, it ends in Fen(n) or as I like to call Richthofen, “The Rich Fen."
So we have a German Ace from World War I that was shot down just like Forrest Fenn, so what? Well the person who “shot” the “Bullet” that killed the Baron was Canadian Ace - Arthur Roy Brown from Carlton, Ontario (Dal should have been finding Carleton instead of Carl). So from an American perspective, where is Brown from? Canada, and therefore his home is? Canada! That is right, we can now stop playing Canasta.
Arthur is also synonymous with King Arthur who was on a quest which links to “Quest to cease” in the poem. Even “Roy,” the middle name can be found in the poem if one uses a little imagination. Forrest used many mirror tricks including that fake letter to Mr. Puceet, which is “teecup” spelled backwards. Roy spelled backwards sounds like “your” which explains why the poem says “Your” creek if home of Brown is “Canada Creek.” Throw in a Canadian Brave (Indian) to match “you are brave and in the wood” and you really have a interesting case.
Finally, the poem's line, "And leave my trove for all to seek," was hinted when Forrest mis-spelled "leeve" on one of Dal's scrapbook posts. Leaves symbolically identify Canada, the Maple Leaf which is prominently displayed on its flag and is its national symbol.
We now have a solid home of Brown defined by six words in the poem: riches, quest, your, title, leave and cold; it doesn’t get any better than that!