In 2014, Forrest Fenn shook the foundation of the treasure hunt with this statement,” Many are giving serious thought to the clues in my poem, but only a few are in tight focus with a word that is key. The treasure may be discovered sooner than I anticipated.”
Immediately after and ever since, many have believed that if the word that is key were revealed, it would unlock the entire poem. That this keyword would lead one to the treasure.
Recently, video footage was released asking Forrest about the word that is key. The conversation goes as followed less the friendly banter.
MC: “Do you still believe there is a word that is key searchers should focus on?”
CM:”Is the keyword in the poem?”
FF:”There is one word that will help you more than some of the others.”
MC:”In the poem?”
FF: “In the poem….but you’ve got to have all of them. One is not going to take you there. I’ve been asked a 100 times, which is the most important clue in the poem? It’s so obvious to me, the most important clue is the last one because you are holding the treasure. “
Forrest Fenn Treasure-Word That Is Key
Of course, we all latch onto a clear cut answer from Forrest pertaining to the mysterious “word that is key.” That word is in fact, a word in the poem. But looking at the conversation in print, is there more?
Forrest clearly states the word that is key is in the poem, or did he? What he said was, there is a word that will help you more than some of the others. Is that to say, other words will help more? And he never said “the keyword” is in the poem, he said there is “a” word that will help you more….
We are all use to this clever craftsmanship from Forrest by now. How he seems to answer a question but later, one can see how it is not definitive. But in this case, Forrest seems to give us the best answer of all yet it doesn’t seem to be anything that is being focused on or maybe published.
When Forrest goes on to say, the most important clue is the last one, he does so in the same sentence. He goes onto explain that’s because you are holding the treasure. This statement came from the same thought process as if too elaborate on the word that will help us more. Based on this statement, the word Forrest believes holds the most value, is the one related to locating the treasure, but all of them are needed to get there.
Forrest Fenn Treasure-Word That Is Key
For those who believe the keyword unlocks something in some way, while possible, this theory does not appear to be viable. Forrest has told us ciphers will not help. He has also explained multiple times the poem is crafted and he felt like an artifact drawing that poem. If you couple these with Forrest’s statement about the word that matters most, then the chances there is a word that unlocks the poem would seem minuscule.
Lately, I have received email stating, while we publish aspects of the Chase, we do not offer any opinions or answers. The reality is, opinions are near worthless when hunting treasure and answers are hard earned. Things like premonitions or gut feelings carry no weight. But..at the request of several, here is my take on the keyword for what its worth.
The word that is key is in the poem. That seemed pretty clear from the beginning seeing as though so much time was spent crafting each word. While I entertained a word like contentment early on, its just doesn’t seem to be applicable.
In my opinion, Forrest didn’t make this statement for promotional purposes. He made it to draw attention to it and the concept which leads me to believe the finder will have to understand everything in the poem, especially a particular word to touch the treasure. Again, in my unsubstantiated opinion, this is likely the most difficult part and is why he made the keyword statement to begin with.
“There are no short cuts.”-Forrest Fenn