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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

III 1432 to III 1490
(a period of 58 years)

 • 5,462 years after the Return of the Noldor
 • 1,554 years after the Downfall of Númenor
 • 1,528 years before the War of the Ring

The Interrupted Reign of King Eldacar of Gondor

The Third Age

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.

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