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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.

You can have the Chronicle look up events for specific dates by entering one or two years in the form below. If you enter two dates, the Chronicle will display events that happened between those two years. If you leave one of the dates blank, the Chronicle will display events in the century around the single year you specify.

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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II 1600 to II 3262
(a period of 1,662 years)

 • 2,189 years after the Return of the Noldor
 • 57 years before the Downfall of Númenor
 • 3,197 years before the War of the Ring

Lord of the Dark Tower in the Second Age

The Second Age

c.1600The first building of Barad-dûr is completed.
c.1600Sauron forges the One Ring in Orodruin, and reveals his true purposes to the Elves.
1634Birth of Tar-Ciryatan son of Tar-Minastir, later King of Númenor.
1693War begins between the Elves and Sauron.
1695Sauron leads an invasion into Eriador.
Gil-galad requests aid from Númenor, and a great fleet is sent out.
Elrond is sent out by Gil-galad to aid in the defence of Eregion.
1697The foundation of Rivendell.
Eregion is destroyed by Sauron's forces, and Celebrimbor slain.
1699Sauron's forces gain control of Eriador.
1700Ciryatur brings a Númenórean fleet to Middle-earth, and drives back Sauron's invading forces.
1701Sauron's forces are overwhelmed by the Númenóreans, and Sauron himself is driven back to Mordor.
1731Queen Tar-Telperiën surrenders the Sceptre, and Tar-Minastir becomes King of Númenor. The old Queen dies later in the same year.
c.1800The Númenóreans begin to colonise and exploit Middle-earth.
1869Tar-Minastir surrenders the Sceptre of Númenor. He is succeeded by his son Tar-Ciryatan.
1873Death of Tar-Minastir, formerly King of Númenor.
1986Birth of Tar-Atanamir's heir, later King Tar-Ancalimon.
2029Tar-Ciryatan surrenders the Sceptre of Númenor. He is succeeded by his son, who becomes King Tar-Atanamir.
2035Death of Tar-Ciryatan of Númenor.
c.2250First appearance of the Nazgûl.
2251Death of King Tar-Atanamir the Great of Númenor. He is succeeded by his son, who becomes King Tar-Ancalimon.
Political divisions begin to emerge in Númenor
2277Birth of Tar-Vanimeldë daughter of Tar-Telemmaitë.
2280The Haven of Umbar is first fortified by the Númenóreans.
2286Birth of Herucalmo, later consort to Queen Tar-Vanimelde.
2350Pelargir is founded.
2386Death of Tar-Ancalimon. He is succeeded by Tar-Telemmaitë.
2406Birth of Alcarin, later King Tar-Alcarin of Númenor.
2516Birth of Calmacil son of Tar-Alcarin, later King Tar-Calmacil of Númenor.
2526Death of Tar-Telemmaitë. He is succeeded by his daughter, who becomes the third and last of the Ruling Queens, Tar-Vanimeldë.
2618Birth of Tar-Ardamin, later King of Númenor.
2637Death of Queen Tar-Vanimeldë of Númenor. Her true Heir is her son Alcarin, but the Sceptre is seized by her husband Herucalmo, who takes the name Tar-Anducal.
2657Death of the false King Tar-Anducal of Númenor. He is legitimately succeeded by his son, who becomes King Tar-Alcarin.
2709Birth of Adûnakhôr, later to rule Númenor as King Ar-Adûnakhôr.
2737Death of Tar-Alcarin. He is succeeded as King of Númenor by Tar-Calmacil.
2798Birth of Ar-Zimrathôn son of Ar-Adûnakhôr, later King of Númenor.
2825Death of King Tar-Calmacil of Númenor. There is some confusion over the succession, but he appears to have been succeeded by his son, who became King Tar-Ardamin.
2899Ar-Adûnakhôr becomes King of Númenor.
2960Birth of Ar-Gimilzôr, later King of Númenor.
2962Death of Ar-Adûnakhôr. He is succeeded as King of Númenor by his son, who rules as Ar-Zimrathôn.
c.3029Approximate year of the birth of Amandil.
3033Death of Ar-Zimrathôn. He is succeeded as King of Númenor by his son, who rules as Ar-Sakalthôr.
3035Birth of Inziladûn son of Ar-Gimilzôr, who would later rule Númenor under the name Tar-Palantir.
3102Death of Ar-Sakalthôr. He is succeeded as King of Númenor by his son, who rules as Ar-Gimilzôr.
3117Birth of Míriel, daughter and heir to Tar-Palantir, later known as Tar-Míriel or Ar-Zimraphel.
3118Birth of Pharazôn, later Ar-Pharazôn, King of Númenor.
3119Probable date of the birth of Elendil.
3177Death of Ar-Gimilzôr. He is succeeded as King of Númenor by his son, who rules as Tar-Palantir.
3209Probable date of the birth of Isildur.
3219Probable date of the birth of Anárion.
3255Death of Tar-Palantir. Ar-Pharazôn, last King of Númenor, usurps the throne.
3261Ar-Pharazôn sails to Middle-earth.
3262Sauron submits himself to Ar-Pharazôn as a prisoner, and is taken back to Númenor. There, he begins to corrupt the Númenóreans.

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