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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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One hundred years around III 1589

 • 5,569 years after the Return of the Noldor
 • 1,661 years after the Downfall of Númenor
 • 1,379 years before the War of the Ring


The Third Age

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.

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