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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.

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

III 1201 to III 1300
(a period of 99 years)

 • 5,231 years after the Return of the Noldor
 • 1,323 years after the Downfall of Númenor
 • 1,718 years before the War of the Ring

The Thirteenth Century of the Third Age

The Third Age

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
1255Likely date of birth of Vinitharya son of Valacar, later to become King Eldacar of Gondor.
1272Death of Celebrindor. He is succeeded as King of Arthedain by his son Malvegil.
1294Death of King Narmacil I of Gondor. He is succeeded by his younger brother, Calmacil, though Calmacil's son Minalcar retains the Regency.
c.1300The Hobbits travel westwards. Some reach the Bree-land and settle there.
c.1300The Nazgûl reappear in Middle-earth. Angmar is founded in the far north.

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