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Encyclopedia of Arda Timeline
Years of the TreesFirst AgeSecond AgeThird AgeFourth Age and Beyond

I 1 to I 590
(a period of 589 years)

 • Contemporary with the Return of the Noldor
 • 3,319 years before the Downfall of Númenor
 • 6,459 years before the War of the Ring

The First Age

1The crossing of the Helcaraxë by Fingolfin and his followers.
The first rising of the Moon, followed soon afterwards by the Sun.
Awakening of Men in Hildórien.
2Fingolfin withdraws from the gates of Angband and camps on the north shore of Lake Mithrim.
5Fingon rescues Maedhros from the heights of Thangorodrim, and so helps to heal the rift between the factions of the Noldor.
6Angrod son of Finarfin is received into Doriath by King Thingol.
7Holding council in Mithrim, the Noldor choose Fingolfin to be their High King.
20The Mereth Aderthad, the Feast of Reuniting, is held at the Pools of Ivrin.
50Journey of Turgon and Finrod.
52Finrod and Galadriel travel as guests to Menegroth. Finrod is inspired by the Thousand Caves to create his own underground citadel of Nargothrond, but Galadriel remains in Doriath for some time.
53Guided by Ulmo, Turgon discovers the hidden valley of Tumladen, where he resolves to build a city.
60Dagor Aglareb. The Siege of Angband is set by the Princes of the Noldor.
64Turgon secretly begins the building of Gondolin.
65The Noldor aid in fortifying the Havens of the Falas, and Finrod raises the tower of Barad Nimras.
66Thingol and Melian discover the truth behind the Exile of the Noldor.
67Thingol bans the Quenya tongue from his realms. Sindarin begins to predominate in Middle-earth from this time.
102Completion of Nargothrond.
116Completion of Gondolin. Turgon's people begin the migration from Nevrast.
150The Noldor and the Dwarves first encounter each other among the Blue Mountains.
155An army of Orcs attempts to invade Hithlum from the Firth of Drengist. Fingon drives them into the Sea.
c.240Approximate date of the birth of Mîm the Petty-dwarf.
260Glaurung ravages Beleriand, but is driven back to Angband.
262Likely year of the birth of Balan (later called Bëor) in the lands east of the Blue Mountains.
282Probable date of birth of Marach, later to lead his people westward across the Blue Mountains.
307Probable date of birth of Malach son of Marach, later called Aradan.
310Men are discovered in the western foothills of the Blue Mountains by Finrod Felagund.
311Bëor enters the service of Finrod of Nargothrond.
c.313Marach crosses the Blue Mountains with the ancestors of the House of Hador.
316Aredhel sets out from Gondolin. Later in the year, she is lost in Nan Elmoth, and becomes Eöl's wife.
320The year of Maeglin's birth in Nan Elmoth.
332The twelve-year old Maeglin is formally named.
337Probable year of the birth of Amlach son of Imlach.
340Likely date of birth of Bereg, great-grandson of Bëor.
341Likely date of the birth of Haleth, daughter of Haldad.
c.350Approximate date of the birth of Boromir, later lord of Ladros.
355Bëor the Old dies at the age of ninety-three.
365Probable date of birth of Hathol son of Magor.
366Likely date of birth of Haldan son of Haldar, later Lord of Brethil.
375Haldad and his son Haldar are slain by Orcs. Haldad's daughter Haleth becomes the leader of their People.
c.375Approximate date of the settlement of the People of Haleth in the Forest of Brethil.
376Likely date of the death of Marach.
389Birth of Hador, later Lord of Dor-lómin.
390Likely date of birth of Halmir son of Haldan, later Lord of Brethil.
398Probable date of the death of Malach Aradan, at the age of ninety-one.
400Return of Aredhel and Maeglin to Gondolin.
Deaths of Aredhel and Eöl the Dark Elf.
402An army of Orcs attempts to break through the Pass of Aglon, but is repulsed.
Likely date of the birth of Barahir son of Bregor.
414Probable date of birth of Haldir of the Haladin.
415Probable date of the birth of Glóredhel, daughter of Hador Lórindol.
419Probable date of birth of Gundor, son of Hador Lórindol.
c.419Approximate date of the granting of Dor-lómin to Hador Lórindol.
420Likely date of the death of Haleth, leader of the Haladin. She is succeeded by Haldan, the son of her brother Haldar.
Approximate date of the birth of Baragund, son of Bregolas.
c.420Very approximate date of the death of Boromir. He is succeeded as lord of Ladros by his son Bregor.
428Birth of Belegund, eldest son of Bregolas.
c.432Approximate date for the birth of Beren Erchamion.
c.435Approximate date of the birth of Sador Labadal.
439Birth of Húrin Thalion, later Lord of Dor-lómin.
441Probable date of birth of Handir of the Haladin.
443Probable date of the birth of Morwen Eledhwen.
c.445Birth of Ereinion, later called Gil-galad.
450Probable date of the birth of Rían daughter of Belegund.
c.450Birth of Larnach.
451Probable year of the death of Haldan. His son Halmir succeeds as Lord of Brethil.
455Deaths of Angrod and Aegnor in the Dagor Bragollach.
Celegorm and Curufin flee Himlad for Nargothrond.
Winter The breaking of the Siege of Angband and beginning of the Dagor Bragollach.
456Barahir and his companions begin their outlaw existence in Ladros.
Fingolfin challenges Morgoth to single combat, and is slain. Fingon becomes High King of the Noldor.
Spring The worst assaults of the Dagor Bragollach draw to a close.
457Capture of Minas Tirith by the forces of Sauron.
458A band of Orcs is attacked and defeated by the People of Haleth, with the aid of Beleg of Doriath.
Húrin and Huor are brought to Gondolin by Thorondor.
459Húrin and Huor return out of Gondolin to Dor-lómin.
460Autumn Gorlim betrays Barahir and his outlaw band. They are destroyed, leaving Beren as the sole survivor.
462Morgoth attempts an invasion of Hithlum, but is repulsed. Galdor son of Hador is slain defending Barad Eithel.
464Spring Marriage of Húrin and Morwen; Túrin is born later in the year.
Winter Beren abandons Dorthonion and travels to Doriath, where he first comes upon Lúthien.
465Likely date of the birth of Brandir son of Handir, later Lord of Brethil.
Beren sets out from Doriath on the Quest for the Silmaril.
Finrod and Beren are imprisoned in Tol-in-Gaurhoth. Finrod is slain by a werewolf, but Beren is rescued by Lúthien.
c.465Celegorm and Curufin are exiled from Nargothrond and journey to Himring.
466Birth of Lalaith, second child of Húrin and Morwen.
Beren and Lúthien recover a Silmaril from Morgoth's Iron Crown, but it is taken by Carcharoth.
The Hunting of the Wolf, and the recovery of the Silmaril. Beren is mortally wounded, and dies soon afterward.
467Spring Lúthien departs from the World, and her spirit travels to the Halls of Mandos. She later returns with Beren and they make their dwelling on the isle of Tol Galen.
468Formation of the Union of Maedhros.
469Death of Lalaith from a sickness at the age of three.
470Birth of Dior Eluchíl on Tol Galen.
471Probable year of the death of Halmir. He is succeeded as Lord of Brethil by his son Haldir.
472Túrin is sent to be fostered in Doriath.
Marriage of Huor and Rían; Tuor is born later in the year, but Rían dies on the Haudh-en-Nirnaeth soon after.
Huor is slain in the Fen of Serech, and Húrin is captured by Morgoth.
Fingon is slain in the Nirnaeth. Turgon becomes High King of the Noldor.
Death of Glóredhel.
Spring The Nirnaeth Arnoediad.
473Niënor is born in Dor-lómin; meanwhile, her elder brother Túrin arrives in Doriath.
Siege and capture of the Havens of Brithombar and Eglarest, and the destruction of the tower of Barad Nimras.
481Túrin becomes a marchwarden of Doriath.
484Túrin causes the death of Saeros, and exiles himself from Doriath.
487Túrin slays Forweg and becomes captain of the Gaurwaith; he and his companions encounter Mîm, and settle in Amon Rûdh.
488Tuor is captured and enslaved by Lorgan.
489Escape of Gwindor from Angband; he later meets Beleg in Taur-nu-Fuin.
The Gaurwaith of Bar-en-Danwedh are assaulted by Orcs. Túrin is captured by Orcs and carried off. He is rescued by Beleg and Gwindor, but mistakenly slays Beleg.
490Túrin is healed at Eithel Ivrin, and Gwindor leads him to Nargothrond.
c.490Approximate date of the reforging of Anglachel into Gurthang.
491Tuor escapes from Lorgan, and lives as an outlaw in the Caves of Androth.
494Morwen and Niënor flee from Dor-lómin to Doriath.
495Handir falls in battle, and is succeeded as Lord of Brethil by his son Brandir.
Tuor escapes through the Cirith Ninniach and meets Voronwë at Vinyamar; together they travel to Gondolin.
Autumn The Battle of Tumhalad and Sack of Nargothrond.
Autumn The Fell Winter begins.
496Morwen and Niënor ride with Mablung to Nargothrond, where Niënor falls under the Dragon-spell of Glaurung. She later comes to Brethil and is healed by Brandir.
Túrin slays Brodda in Dor-lómin, and then travels on, settling eventually in Brethil.
Spring The Fell Winter draws to a close.
498Brethil is assaulted by Orcs, and Túrin reluctantly takes up his black sword Gurthang to combat them, unwittingly revealing himself to Morgoth.
Túrin weds Níniel in Brethil.
499Release of Húrin from Angband.
Slaying of Glaurung, and deaths of Túrin Turambar and Nienor Níniel and Brandir in Brethil.
500Birth of Dior's twin sons Eluréd and Elurín.
c.500Death of Larnach.
501Húrin encounters Morwen at the Stone of the Hapless, where he witnesses her death.
Húrin goes to the ruin of Nargothrond, where he slays Mîm and recovers the Nauglamír.
502Húrin recovers the Nauglamír from Nargothrond and carries it to Doriath, where it is reforged to hold a Silmaril.
Wedding of Tuor and Idril in Gondolin.
Likely date of the death of Húrin Thalion.
Death of Thingol and departure of Melian. The Dwarves of Nogrod ransack Menegroth.
503Birth of Eärendil in Gondolin.
Deaths of Beren and Lúthien.
Journey of Dior to Doriath.
508The survivors of Morgoth's attacks on Beleriand begin to gather at the Mouths of Sirion.
509Maeglin is captured by agents of Morgoth, and betrays the location of Gondolin.
Assault by the Sons of Fëanor on Menegroth. Dior, Celegorm, Curufin and Caranthir are all slain; Elwing flees to the Mouths of Sirion with the Silmaril.
510Glorfindel slays a Balrog in the Encircling Mountains, and is himself slain.
Fall of Gondolin and death of Turgon.
511Arrival of Tuor and Idril at the Mouths of Sirion, with their son Eärendil.
525Wedding of Eärendil and Elwing
Tuor and Idril sail into the West in the ship Eärrámë. Their son Eärendil becomes Lord of the Havens of Sirion.
532Birth of Elrond and Elros.
534Eärendil sets out on the first of his great ocean voyages.
538The Sons of Fëanor attack the refuge at the Mouths of Sirion. Elwing escapes in the form of a bird, bringing a Silmaril to Eärendil at sea, and together they sail for the West.
540The survivors of the destruction of the Havens of Sirion take refuge on the Isle of Balar.
542Eärendil lands on the shores of Aman, and appeals to the Valar on behalf of Elves and Men.
545The landing of the host of the Valar in Beleriand. The War of Wrath begins.
587Maedhros and Maglor attempt to steal the remaining Silmarils, but are burned by them. Maedhros leaps to his death in despair.
The War of Wrath comes to an end with the capture of Morgoth.
590Morgoth is banished from the World.

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