2021 Hunt for the Horde

Merry: 44.996257, -93.003090

Sam: 44.998529, -93.003785

Pippin: 44.995768, -93.003565

Hunt information
Dates:
First Clue:Monday, April 12, 2021
Found on:Sunday, April 18, 2021
Finders:
NameHometown
Matt Littlefield Apple Valley
Prize:
Maximum Prize:$540 plus $560 prize pack
Awarded Prize:$540 plus $560 prize pack
Location:
General Location:Hillside Park
Exact Location:The northern end of the woods
Concealer:Inside a copy of The Fellowship of the Ring
Clues
Published on Monday, April 12, 2021
Form your fellowship, how can the evil one be topped?
Gather your wits and get a grip, the treasure has been dropped.
Somebody stop Steven stat, who proves just as potent without Matt.
I'll buy you a brew, or just tag along with you.
Explanation:
Take the first letter after the first comma in the first sentence of each clue. = Hillside.

Fellowship/Evil one = a hint at the Lord of the rings but also a small poke at Josh and his legion of successful hunting friends. (I suppose that makes Todd Gandolf?)
With LOTR in mind one could assume Hillside park, a fitting Hobbit home reference.
Topp/Grip. = red herring for Goodrich park. Tread/ Goodrich. Topp, Topps/ baseball.
Dropped = medallion on the ground.
Brew/ Tag along a hint at one of the prizes, a tour of Bad Weather Brewery with 9 friends.
 
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Published on Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Make your way from home among the trees and trails, in order to get yourself close travel along the dales.
A junior token, could be outspoken.
Explanation:
Home = Hillside (Hobbit dwelling).
Travel/Dale's = Holloway ave.
Junior token = J.R. Tolkien, but also a hint to look back several months to the introduction post of my mini medallions, which had been edited with HS for Hillside. See pictures below.
 
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Published on Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Your vacant road awaits, let hope rule the day.
Time to master your fate, or will evil repay?
Many fakes abound, and why are they round?
Explanation:
Vacant road = Holloway ave.
Master = Tierney Rd.
Evil Repay = anagram for Ripley Ave.
Fakes round = Book cutouts from the hollowed out fellowship of the ring book.
 
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Published on Thursday, April 15, 2021
Many come knowing nothing, less they hold the light. Awaiting you is an epic journey and fight.
Faithful Sam was told to scram, with Pippin and Merry on separate trail quite scary.
Explanation:
Many Come Knowing Nothing/ fIGHT lIGHT. = McKnight. Take the first letter of the first four words and the last four letters of the first or second sentence.
Sam/Merry/Pippin = hidden surrounding medallion and a hint to look elsewhere within park.
 
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Published on Friday, April 16, 2021
Don't cower before the king, show you hold the ring.
Throw it in the fire, then head back to the shire.
Explanation:
Cower = Cowern pl.
King = Kingston ave.
Shire = Hillside.
 
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Published on Saturday, April 17, 2021
The knight stood still, in awe of what he saw.
He thought he had his fill.
Disbelief set in once he held the prize. A challenge has been laid down, will you now rise?
Explanation:
Knight = McKnight ave.
Disbelief = Ripley Ave.
Laid down = hidden on ground.
 
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A pain in your side, don't get stuck on glide. Head for the hills, to find your thrills. Keep your pet leash taught, and search where you ought. Memories of meadow peace and Northwood terror. Fly now fools, no time for error.
Explanation:
Hill/Side = Hillside.
Pet Leash = Pet leash sign.
Meadow = Meadow drive.
Memory = Memory lane.
 
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Hillside park hits the mark, everyone should be here by now.
Back to sign, time to align. Beyond red trees with white hanging balls, about 50 steps in treasured book falls. Hobbit home roof covered in moss, please search gently no need to toss.
Explanation:
X marks the spot.
 
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