So, what exactly is drawing nigh? The end?...
The ultimate solution for ‘the end is ever drawing nigh’ is probably that something is coming up shortly on our left as we head for the treasure. Possibly something that’s ending constantly (like a creek, stream or river), but never stops. Preferably with a death-related name. And, this location probably has a name which evokes a connotation of death or danger of some sort. PLAUSIBLE.
Alternately, ‘drawing’ might be important. Artists Paintpots in Yellowstone would fit the bill. Or any other location related to art or artists or painting or drawing (such as Artists Paintpots Hill, Artists Paintpots Trail, Chocolate Pots, Artists Hill, Draughtsmen, etc...).
Or, of course, perhaps this is a throwaway line. Forrest has mentioned that there are some words in the poem which are of no use in solving the puzzle or finding the treasure. So, maybe this line means exactly what it appears to mean at first glance: the end (of your quest to find the treasure chest) is getting close. With, maybe, a clue in there to confirm that you’re on the right track…
At first glance, ‘the end is ever drawing nigh’ has a rather sinister feel to it. It gives you the impression of death approaching.
But, ‘nigh’ also has another meaning. An old usage of the word means ‘on the left’.
So, this line could very easily mean ‘something is constantly ending on our left’. Or ‘we are approaching something shortly on our left’.
Also, ‘the end’ is ‘ever’ (always) ‘drawing nigh’ (getting nearer). This seems to imply the end of a stream. If you go to the end of a stream, it’s always ending, but never actually does. It’s always drawing nigh, but never getting there.
Sliding has come up multiple times in Forrest Fenn’s writings or the book, and as such might be an important clue.
|As I Have Gone Alone In There|
|Keep My Secret|
|A Hint of Riches New and Old|
|Where Warm Waters Halt|
|Take It In the Canyon Down|
|Not Far But Too Far To Walk|
|The Home of Brown|
|No Place for the Meek|
|The End is Ever Drawing Nigh|
|No Paddle Up Your Creek|
|Heavy Loads & Water High|
|Tarry Scant with Marvel Gaze|
|Done it Tired and Now I'm Weak|
|Hear Me All & Listen Good|
|Worth the Cold|
|Brave and in the Wood|
|Title to the Gold|
|The Nine Clues|
|The Put In Below the Home of (Joe) Brown|
|The Lamar Ranger Station|
|Is the Fenn Treasure in Montana?|
|Begin and Cease|
|Kirwin the Frog|
|Art and the Treasure|
|Native Indian Place-Names|