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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 III 1810
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 • 5,790 years after the Return of the Noldor
 • 1,882 years after the Downfall of Númenor
 • 1,158 years before the War of the Ring


The Third Age

1787187Likely date of birth of Ondoher son of Calimehtar, later King of Gondor.
1789189Likely date of birth of Araphant son of Araval, later King of Arthedain.
1798198Death of Tarondor. He is succeeded as King of Gondor by his son Telumehtar.
1810210Telumehtar Umbardacil takes Umbar and slays the last descendants of Castamir.
1813213Death of Arveleg II. He is succeeded as King of Arthedain by his son Araval.
1832232Birth of Náin I, later King of Durin's Folk in Khazad-dûm.
1850250Death of Telumehtar Umbardacil. He is succeeded by his son, who becomes Narmacil II.
1851251The first attacks of the Wainriders occur.
1856256Death of Narmacil II in battle with the Wainriders. He is succeeded by his son Calimehtar.
c.1856256The Northmen of Rhovanion abandon their lands and seek new homes across Middle-earth.

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