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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

IV 11 to IV 63
(a period of 52 years)

 • 7,062 years after the Return of the Noldor
 • 3,154 years after the Downfall of Númenor
 • 14 years after the War of the Ring

Meriadoc Brandybuck's Time as Master of the Hall

The Fourth Age

111432Birth of Hamfast, seventh child of Samwise Gamgee and Rose Cotton.
Death of Saradoc Brandybuck. He is succeeded as Master of Buckland by his son, Meriadoc of the Company of the Ring.
121433Birth of Daisy, eighth child of Samwise Gamgee and Rose Cotton.
131434The Thain of the Shire, Master of Buckland and Mayor of Michel Delving (at that time Peregrin Took, Meriadoc Brandybuck and Samwise Gamgee) are made Counsellors of the North-kingdom.
Samwise Gamgee is elected Mayor of the Shire for the second time.
Death of Paladin Took II. Peregrin Took becomes Thain of the Shire.
141435Death of Olo Proudfoot.
Birth of Primrose, daughter of Samwise Gamgee and Rose Cotton.
151436Aragorn travels to the North-kingdom, and dwells for a time at Annúminas. He grants the Star of the Dúnedain to Samwise Gamgee, and Sam's daughter Elanor becomes one of Queen Arwen's maids.
Death of Glóin son of Gróin, the father of Gimli Elf-friend.
Birth of Bilbo, son of Sam Gamgee and Rose Cotton.
171438Birth of Ruby, youngest daughter of Sam Gamgee and Rose Cotton.
191440Birth of Samwise Gamgee's second-youngest son, Robin.
Death of Tolman Cotton the elder.
201441Samwise Gamgee is elected Mayor of the Shire for the third time.
211442Samwise, Rose and Elanor travel south, and stay for a year in Gondor with Aragorn and Arwen. During this year, Tolman Cotton serves in Sam's place as Mayor of the Shire.
Birth of Tolman, youngest child of Samwise Gamgee and Rose Cotton.
271448Samwise Gamgee is elected Mayor of the Shire for the fourth time.
301451The wedding of Sam Gamgee's daughter Elanor to Fastred of Greenholm on the Far Downs.
311452The Westmarch is officially incorporated into the Shire.
331454Birth of Elfstan, son of Fastred of Greenholm and Sam's daughter Elanor.
Likely date of the death of Imrahil of Dol Amroth.
341455Samwise Gamgee is elected Mayor of the Shire for the fifth time.
411462Fastred of Greenholm is made Warden of Westmarch by Thain Peregrin, and removes with his family to Undertowers in the Tower Hills.
Samwise Gamgee is elected Mayor of the Shire for the sixth time.
Holfast, son of Frodo Gardner, born in the Shire.
421463Wedding of Faramir, the son of Peregrin Took, to Goldilocks, daughter of Samwise Gamgee.
481469Samwise Gamgee is elected Mayor of the Shire for the seventh and final time.
551476At the Free Fair on the White Downs, Samwise Gamgee resigns as Mayor of the Shire.
611482Death of Rose, the wife of Samwise Gamgee.
Sam Gamgee departs from the Shire. He is said to have passed over the Sea into the West.
631484Spring Meriadoc Brandybuck and Peregrin Took depart the Shire and travel into the south; Faramir I succeeds his father Peregrin as Thain of the Shire.
Autumn Death of King Éomer of Rohan. He is succeeded by his son Elfwine.

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