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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
One hundred years around III 1200

 • 5,180 years after the Return of the Noldor
 • 1,272 years after the Downfall of Númenor
 • 1,768 years before the War of the Ring


The Third Age

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.
1226Birth of Argeleb son of Malvegil, later King Argeleb I of Arthedain.
Death of King Atanatar II of Gondor. He is succeeded by his son, who becomes Narmacil I.
1240Minalcar (later King Rómendacil II) is made Regent of Gondor by his uncle Narmacil I.
1248Minalcar destroys the armies of the Easterlings, and takes the name Rómendacil
1250Regent Rómendacil sends his son Valacar as ambassador to Vidugavia
c.1250Likely date of the construction of the Argonath

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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