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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 1391 to III 1589
(a period of 198 years)

 • 5,421 years after the Return of the Noldor
 • 1,513 years after the Downfall of Númenor
 • 1,429 years before the War of the Ring

The Lifetime of Araphor

The Third Age

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.

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