The Encyclopedia of Arda - an interactive guide to the world of J.R.R. Tolkien

Contents

Alphabetical index

Browse topics

Reference

Other editions

Tolkien news and resources

Sponsors and associates

The Chronicle of Arda

Welcome to The Chronicle of Arda. This section of the site provides automated annals for all four Ages of the Sun and Moon. For any period of Arda's history, the Chronicle will display the events that happened in that time. Events and characters are entered into the Chronicle as they are added to the main database: like the rest of The Encyclopedia of Arda this section of the site is expanding all the time.

For years after III 1601 (the year of the foundation of Shire, and therefore Shire Year 1), the Chronicle will also show years by the Shire-reckoning in a second column.

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

III 1 to III 1000
(a period of 999 years)

 • 4,031 years after the Return of the Noldor
 • 123 years after the Downfall of Númenor
 • 2,018 years before the War of the Ring

The First Millennium of the Third Age

The Third Age

2Meneldil takes on the rule of the South-kingdom.
Isildur plants a seedling of the White Tree in Minas Anor.
Isildur sets out from Minas Tirith with the One Ring, starting the long journey north to Arnor.
The Disaster of the Gladden Fields. The One Ring is lost in Anduin.
3Isildur's squire Ohtar, having escaped the Disaster of the Gladden Fields, arrives at Imladris with the Shards of Narsil.
10Isildur's son Valandil reaches his majority and becomes King of Arnor.
48Probable date of the birth of Eärendil, later King of Gondor.
87Probable date of birth of Eldacar son of Valandil, later King of Arnor.
109Wedding of Elrond and Celebrían.
130Birth of the twins Elladan and Elrohir.
158Death of Meneldil. He is succeeded as King of Gondor by his son Cemendur.
185Probable date of birth of Arantar son of Eldacar, later King of Arnor.
222Probable date of birth of Ostoher son of Anardil, later to become King of Gondor.
238Death of Cemendur. He is succeeded as King of Gondor by his son Eärendil.
241Birth of Arwen Evenstar.
249Death of Valandil son of Isildur. He is succeeded as King of Arnor by his son Eldacar.
280Probable date of the birth of Tarcil, later King of Arnor.
310Probable date of the birth of Tarostar, later King Rómendacil I of Gondor.
324Death of Eärendil of Gondor. He is succeeded as King by his son Anardil.
339Death of King Eldacar of Arnor. He is succeeded by his son, Arantar.
397Probable date of the birth of Turambar son of Tarostar, later King of Gondor.
411Death of Anardil. He is succeeded as King of Gondor by his son Ostoher.
420Minas Anor is rebuilt by King Ostoher of Gondor.
435Death of King Arantar of Arnor. He is succeeded by his son, Tarcil.
462Probable date of the birth of Valandur, later King of Arnor.
480Probable date of the birth of Atanatar, later King Atanatar I of Gondor.
490Gondor is assailed by Men out of the East; the first of many wars with the Easterlings and Southrons.
492Death of Ostoher. He is succeeded as King of Gondor by his son Tarostar, who will later rule as Rómendacil I.
500Tarostar defeats the Easterling invaders, and takes the name Rómendacil, 'East-victor'.
515Death of King Tarcil of Arnor. He is succeeded by his son, Tarondor.
541Death of Rómendacil I. He is succeeded as King of Gondor by his son Turambar.
602Death of King Tarondor of Arnor. He is succeeded by his son, Valandur.
640Probable date of birth of Eärendur son of Elendur, later to become the last King of Arnor.
652King Valandur of Arnor is slain. He is succeeded by his son, Elendur.
654Probable year of the birth of Tarannon son of Siriondil, later King Falastur of Gondor.
667Death of Turambar of Gondor. He is succeeded as King by his son Atanatar I.
726Probable date of the birth of Amlaith of Fornost.
736Birth of Eärnil son of Tarciryan, later King Eärnil I of Gondor.
748Death of Atanatar I. He is succeeded as King of Gondor by his son Siriondil.
777Death of King Elendur of Arnor. He is succeeded by his son, Eärendur.
811Probable date of the birth of Beleg, later King of Arthedain.
820Probable date of birth of Ciryandil son of Eärnil, later King of Gondor.
830Death of Siriondil. He is succeeded as King of Gondor by his son Tarannon.
861Death of King Eärendur of Arnor. Division of Arnor into Arthedain, Rhudaur and Cardolan.
895Likely date of birth of Mallor son of Beleg, later King of Arthedain.
899Probable date of birth of Ciryaher son of Ciryandil, later to rule Gondor as Hyarmendacil I.
913Death of Tarannon Falastur. Leaving no heir, he is succeeded as King of Gondor by his nephew Eärnil I.
933Umbar is captured by King Eärnil I of Gondor.
936Death of Eärnil I. He is succeeded as King of Gondor by his son Ciryandil.
946Death of Amlaith of Fornost, founder of Arthedain. He is succeeded by his son Beleg.
977Probable date of birth of Atanatar son of Ciryaher, later to rule as Atanatar II Alcarin of Gondor.
979Birth of Celepharn son of Mallor, later King of Arthedain.
c.1000Sauron begins to take a new form.
c.1000Arrival of the Istari in Middle-earth.

You can have the Chronicle look up events for specific dates by entering one or two years in the form below. If you enter two dates, the Chronicle will display events that happened between those two years. If you leave one of the dates blank, the Chronicle will display events in the century around the single year you specify.

Enter a date:
Enter another date:

For acknowledgements and references, see the Disclaimer & Bibliography page.

Website services kindly sponsored by Axiom Software Ltd.

Original content © copyright Mark Fisher 1997-2016. All rights reserved. For conditions of reuse, see the Site FAQ.