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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

II 1731 to II 1869
(a period of 138 years)

 • 2,320 years after the Return of the Noldor
 • 1,450 years before the Downfall of Númenor
 • 4,590 years before the War of the Ring

The Reign of King Tar-Minastir

The Second Age

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.

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