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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.

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.

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One hundred years around II 1697

 • 2,236 years after the Return of the Noldor
 • 1,572 years before the Downfall of Númenor
 • 4,712 years before the War of the Ring


The Second Age

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.

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