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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.

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.

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One hundred years around III 1150

 • 5,130 years after the Return of the Noldor
 • 1,222 years after the Downfall of Númenor
 • 1,818 years before the War of the Ring


The Third Age

c.1100The first stirrings of Sauron are felt again in Middle-earth, though they are thought at this time to signal the return of a Nazgûl.
1110Death of Mallor, King of Arthedain. He is succeeded by his son Celepharn.
1126Probable date of the birth of Minalcar, later King Rómendacil II of Gondor.
1144Probable date of the birth of Malvegil, later King of Arthedain.
1149Death of Hyarmendacil I. He is succeeded as King of Gondor by his son Atanatar II.
c.1150The Hobbits of the Fallohide and Stoor strains wander west across the Misty Mountains.
1191Death of Celepharn. He is succeeded as King of Arthedain by his son Celebrindor.

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