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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 1300 to III 1975
(a period of 675 years)

 • 5,330 years after the Return of the Noldor
 • 1,422 years after the Downfall of Númenor
 • 1,043 years before the War of the Ring

The Duration of the Realm of Angmar

The Third Age

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.
1304Death of King Calmacil of Gondor. He is succeeded by his son and Regent, who becomes Rómendacil II.
1309Probable date of birth of Arveleg son of Argeleb I, later King Arveleg I of Arthedain.
1349Death of King Malvegil of Arthedain. He is succeeded by his son Argeleb I.
1356Argeleb I dies in battle with Rhudaur. He is succeeded by his son Arveleg I.
c.1356The Stoors of the Angle leave their homes and travel west and south away from the new realm of Angmar.
1366Death of King Rómendacil II of Gondor. He is succeeded by his son Valacar.
1391Likely date of birth of Vinyarion son of Aldamir, later to rule Gondor under the name of Hyarmendacil II.
Likely date of the birth of Araphor son of Arveleg I, later King of Arthedain.
1409Arveleg I is slain in an attack on Amon Sûl. He is succeeded by his son Araphor.
The Witch-king of Angmar invades the northern kingdoms.
1432Death of King Valacar of Gondor. The succession of his son Eldacar is disputed, and civil war begins in Gondor.
1437The burning of Osgiliath, and the loss of its palantír. Eldacar flees from Gondor.
1447Eldacar returns from the east and reclaims the Crown of Gondor, slaying Castamir the Usurper.
1448Castamir's sons escape to Umbar, and form the beginnings of the Corsairs.
1454Probable date of the birth of Minardil son of Vinyarion, later King of Gondor
1473Probable date of the birth of Argeleb son of Araphor, later King Argeleb II of Arthedain.
1490Death of King Eldacar of Gondor; he is succeeded by his only surviving son, Aldamir.
1516Probable date of the birth of Telemnar son of Minardil, later King of Gondor
1540Death of Aldamir. He is succeeded as King of Gondor by his son Vinyarion (later Hyarmendacil II).
1551The Haradrim are defeated by Vinyarion of Gondor, who takes the name Hyarmendacil II.
1553Probable date of the birth of Arvegil son of Argeleb II, later King of Arthedain.
1577Probable date of the birth of Tarondor, later King of Gondor.
1589Death of Araphor. He is succeeded by his son Argeleb II.
16011The foundation of the Shire, and the beginning of the Shire-reckoning.
162121Death of Hyarmendacil II. He is succeeded as King of Gondor by his son Minardil.
c.163030Many Stoors migrate northward from Dunland to the recently founded Shire.
163333Birth of Arveleg son of Arvegil, later to rule Arthedain as Arveleg II.
163434Death of Minardil at the hands of the Corsairs. He is succeeded as King of Gondor by his son Telemnar.
163535The Great Plague first appears among the Northmen of Rhovanion.
163636In Gondor, King Telemnar and all his children sicken and die, as does the original White Tree. Telemnar's nephew Tarondor succeeds to the throne.
The appearance of the Barrow-wights in the Barrow-downs.
163737The Great Plague comes to an end in the North of Middle-earth.
164040Tarondor removes the seat of the King of Gondor from Osgiliath to Minas Anor, where he plants a seedling of the White Tree. The decay of Osgiliath begins.
167070Death of Argeleb II. He is succeeded by his son Arvegil.
168484Probable date of the birth of Narmacil II.
1711111Probable date of birth of Araval, later King of Arthedain.
1731131Birth of Durin VI, later King of Durin's Folk in Khazad-dûm.
1736136Probable date of the birth of Calimehtar, later King of Gondor.
1743143Death of Arvegil. He is succeeded by his son Arveleg II.
1787187Likely date of birth of Ondoher son of Calimehtar, later King of Gondor.
1789189Likely date of birth of Araphant son of Araval, later King of Arthedain.
1798198Death of Tarondor. He is succeeded as King of Gondor by his son Telumehtar.
1810210Telumehtar Umbardacil takes Umbar and slays the last descendants of Castamir.
1813213Death of Arveleg II. He is succeeded as King of Arthedain by his son Araval.
1832232Birth of Náin I, later King of Durin's Folk in Khazad-dûm.
1850250Death of Telumehtar Umbardacil. He is succeeded by his son, who becomes Narmacil II.
1851251The first attacks of the Wainriders occur.
1856256Death of Narmacil II in battle with the Wainriders. He is succeeded by his son Calimehtar.
c.1856256The Northmen of Rhovanion abandon their lands and seek new homes across Middle-earth.
1864264Probable date of the birth of Arvedui son of Araphant, later King of Arthedain.
1879279Likely date of birth of Pelendur, later Steward of Gondor.
1883283Likely date of birth of Eärnil son of Siriondil, later crowned King Eärnil II of Gondor.
1891291Death of Araval. He is succeeded as King of Arthedain by his son Araphant.
1896296Likely date of the birth of Fíriel, daughter of Ondoher of Gondor.
1899299The Wainriders are defeated on Dagorlad by Calimehtar of Gondor.
1900300The White Tower is built in Minas Anor by King Calimehtar.
1919319Probable date of birth of Vorondil son of Pelendur, later Steward to King Eärnil II of Gondor.
1928328Probable date of the birth of Eärnur, later the last King of Gondor.
1934334Birth of Thráin son of Náin I, last of Durin's line to be born in Khazad-dûm.
1936336Death of Calimehtar. He is succeeded as King of Gondor by his son Ondoher.
1940340Wedding of Arvedui, heir to the kingdom of Arthedain and Fíriel, daughter of King Ondoher of Gondor.
c.1941341Approximate date of the birth of Aranarth, son and heir of Arvedui Last-king.
1944344Arvedui lays claim to the throne of Gondor.
King Ondoher of Gondor is slain with both his sons.
Gondor is assaulted simultaneously by the armies of Khand, Harad and the Wainriders. The Battle of the Camp.
1945345The Crown of Gondor is granted to Eärnil II.
1950350Probably date of the birth of Imrazôr the Númenórean, ancestor of the Lords of Dol Amroth.
1960360Likely date of birth of Mardil son of Vorondil, later to become the first Ruling Steward of Gondor.
1964364Death of Araphant. He is succeeded by his son Arvedui.
1974374Arvedui, last of the Kings of Arthedain, is drowned in the Icebay of Forochel.
The forces of Angmar capture Fornost; the remnant of the North-kingdom is destroyed.
1975375Eärnur of Gondor brings a fleet to the north. Too late to save the North-kingdom, he avenges its loss at the Battle of Fornost. Angmar is destroyed.

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