Marvel Synonyms

As you know, marvel is a word in the poem. While I haven’t made any connections yet, the word has some interesting connections

act of God
noun. divine act
accident
circumstances beyond one’s control
earthquake
force majeure
freak accident
hurricane
inevitable accident
marvel
natural disaster
phenomenon
supernatural event
tornado
unavoidable casualty
unforeseen event
vis major
wonder
amazement

noun. state of surprise
admiration
astonishment
awe
bewilderment
confoundment
confusion
marvel
one for the books
perplexity
shock
something else
stopper
stunner
stupefaction
wonder
wonderment
curiosity

noun. odd item
anomaly
bibelot
bygone
conversation piece
curio
exoticism
freak
knickknack
marvel
monstrosity
nonesuch
objet d’art
oddity
peculiar object
prodigy
rarity
singular object
trinket
unusual object
wonder
event

noun. occurrence, happening
accident
act
action
advent
adventure
affair
appearance
business
calamity
case
catastrophe
celebration
ceremony
chance
circumstance
coincidence
conjuncture
crisis
deed
development
emergency
episode
experience
exploit
fact
function
holiday
incident
juncture
marvel
matter
milestone
miracle
misfortune
mishap
mistake
occasion
occurrence
pass
phase
phenomenon
predicament
proceeding
shift
situation
story
thing
tide
transaction
triumph
turn
wonder
magician

noun. person who performs supernatural
charmer
conjurer
diabolist
diviner
enchanter
enchantress
exorciser
exorcist
feats or tricks archimage
fortune-teller
genie
genius
illusionist
marvel
medicine person
medium
miracle worker
necromancer
prophet
satanist
seer
shaman
siren
soothsayer
sorcerer
spellbinder
thaumaturge
theurgist
trickster
virtuoso
voodoo
warlock
witch
witch doctor
wizard
miracle

noun. wonderful, surprising event or thing
marvel
phenomenon
portent
prodigy
rarity
revelation
sensation
stunner
supernatural occurrence
surprise
thaumaturgy
unusualness
wonder

phenomenon
noun. rare occurrence; wonder
abnormality
actuality
anomaly
appearance
aspect
circumstance
curiosity
episode
event
exception
experience
fact
happening
incident
marvel
miracle
nonpareil
one for the books
paradox
peculiarity
portent
prodigy
rara avis
rarity
reality
sensation
sight
something else
spectacle
stunner
uniqueness
portent
noun. miracle
marvel
phenomenon
prodigy
sensation
stunner
wonder
prodigy

noun. person or thing that is extraordinary
brain
child genius
curiosity
enormity
freak
genius
intellect
marvel
mastermind
miracle
monster
natural
one in a million
phenomenon
portent
rare bird
rarity
sensation
spectacle
stunner
talent
whiz
whiz kid
wizard
wonder
wonder child
wunderkind
puzzle

verb. wonder about
ask oneself
brood
cudgel
marvel
mull over
muse
ponder
rack one’s brains
study
think about
think hard
sensation

noun. something wonderful or awe-inspiring
agitation
bomb
bombshell
commotion
excitement
flash
furor
hit
marvel
miracle
phenomenon
portent
prodigy
scandal
stir
stunner
surprise
thrill
wonder
wow
spectacle

noun. something showy; exhibition
comedy
curiosity
demonstration
display
drama
event
exposition
extravaganza
marvel
movie
pageant
parade
performance
phenomenon
play
production
representation
scene
show
sight
spectacular
tableau
view
wonder
surprise

noun. something amazing; state of amazement
abruptness
amazement
astonishment
astoundment
attack
awe
bewilderment
bombshell
consternation
curiosity
curveball
disappointment
disillusion
epiphany
eureka
eye-opener
fortune
godsend
incredulity
jolt
kick
marvel
miracle
miscalculation
phenomenon
portent
precipitance
precipitation
precipitousness
prodigy
rarity
revelation
shock
start
stupefaction
suddenness
thunderbolt
unexpected
unforeseen
whammy
wonder
wonderment
whiz

noun. very intelligent person
adept
expert
genius
gifted person
marvel
pro
prodigy
professional
star
virtuoso
wonder
wonder

noun. something that is amazing
act of God
curiosity
cynosure
freak
marvel
miracle
nonpareil
oddity
phenomenon
portent
prodigy
rara avis
rarity
sensation
sight
spectacle
stunner
wonderment

wonder
verb. be amazed
admire
be astonished
be awestruck
be confounded
be dumbstruck
be fascinated
be flabbergasted
be startled
be taken aback
boggle
gape
gawk
look aghast
marvel
stare
wonderment

noun. astonishment
amazement
astoundment
awe
bewilderment
curiosity
fascination
marvel
shock
stunner
surprise
wonder
hoo-hah

noun. sensation
agitation
bomb
bombshell
brouhaha
commotion
excitement
flash
furor
hit
marvel
miracle
phenomenon
portent
prodigy
scandal
stir
stunner
surprise
thrill
uproar
wonder
wow

Trains

When I read “The Thrill Of The Chase” I came away thinking that a passage about trains was important. I suppose it was nothing more than a hunch with no real basis. We know Fenn has links to Santa Fe, and of course the Santa Fe Railroad was one of the better known railroads in the US. In fact, if you encounter BNSF, which is still active today, the letters stand for Burlington Northern Santa Fe.

At the time, I thought the words in the poem ‘heavy loads’ could possibly refer to a train yard or station. After all, freight trains would carry heavy loads of various types of freight. It’s probably a stretch and I’ve since moved away from that thought.

Then I learned that in Britain, a ‘halt’ could mean a minor railway stop without buildings.

Could such a rail stop be a clue or a landmark on your journey to the treasure? Could rails, a train yard or something else related to locomotives be involved?

I kind of doubt it. But it’s a thought. The more ideas we can eliminate, the fewer wild goose chases we will have left to go on.

Would you believe that ‘down’ is part of rail-related terminology? ‘The down line’ is “of or relating to a train or trains from a more important place or one regarded as higher.”

Now if you can make any sense of that either you’re a genius or you’re really stretching it to find a connection.

OK – more crazy wordplay-related posts to come!

Forrest Fenn Wordsmith

Forrest Fenn took years to finish his poem. Not because it is long – because he chose his words very carefully. I can only imagine he changed the wording many times to make it more difficult to solve the puzzle.

I’ll assume that some of the words have double meanings. Some of them are probably really obscure. Others may be antiquated and no longer used in common speech.

I haven’t written a post in a while, but today I’ll start a series with some odd alternate definitions for words in the poem. I’m going to pick words in no particular order to make it more interesting.

I don’t guarantee that any of these meanings were what Fenn intended, and I sure don’t claim that you can use these ideas to solve the poem. I think the best case scenario here is that it might help you to think of things differently. Good luck!

Let’s start small. Some of you may know this, but I didn’t

Far means on the right side
Nigh means on the left side

As the poem reads, these definitions don’t really seem to help of make sense. But I think it’s neat to learn these alternate meanings, and the fact that both right and left appear is kind of interesting.

More to come soon!

Cooper’s El Vado Ranch on the Chama River

Forrest Fenn once stated something to the effect that if you could deduce The Home of Brown, you would walk right to the treasure.

We’ve tried pretty hard to figure out the ‘home of brown.’

We all know that Forrest Fenn is a fan of fishing for trout. Of course some fish are called brown trout. What if “brown” was the name of a specific trout – like a brown trout – that held a record for size?

The largest brown trout caught in New Mexico was caught at Cooper’s El Vado Ranch. It is stuffed and on display there.

If that is the home of brown in question, one might think the swinging bridge that runs over the Chama River on the property could be the notorious “no place for the meek.” You might “put in” the river by launching a boat. You might follow the many, many twists and turns of the river from there and feel like the end is ever nigh.

Although I have been to Cooper’s El Vado Ranch, I didn’t launch a boat in the river and go downstream. If you ever try this route, let me know how it goes. Especially if you find the treasure!!!