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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 1981
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 • 5,961 years after the Return of the Noldor
 • 2,053 years after the Downfall of Númenor
 • 987 years before the War of the Ring


The Third Age

1934334Birth of Thráin son of Náin I, last of Durin's line to be born in Khazad-dûm.
1936336Death of Calimehtar. He is succeeded as King of Gondor by his son Ondoher.
1940340Wedding of Arvedui, heir to the kingdom of Arthedain and Fíriel, daughter of King Ondoher of Gondor.
c.1941341Approximate date of the birth of Aranarth, son and heir of Arvedui Last-king.
1944344Arvedui lays claim to the throne of Gondor.
King Ondoher of Gondor is slain with both his sons.
Gondor is assaulted simultaneously by the armies of Khand, Harad and the Wainriders. The Battle of the Camp.
1945345The Crown of Gondor is granted to Eärnil II.
1950350Probably date of the birth of Imrazôr the Númenórean, ancestor of the Lords of Dol Amroth.
1960360Likely date of birth of Mardil son of Vorondil, later to become the first Ruling Steward of Gondor.
1964364Death of Araphant. He is succeeded by his son Arvedui.
1974374Arvedui, last of the Kings of Arthedain, is drowned in the Icebay of Forochel.
The forces of Angmar capture Fornost; the remnant of the North-kingdom is destroyed.
1975375Eärnur of Gondor brings a fleet to the north. Too late to save the North-kingdom, he avenges its loss at the Battle of Fornost. Angmar is destroyed.
1976376The Chieftainship of the Dúnedain is established by Aranarth son of Arvedui.
1977377A band of Northmen are led by Frumgar to settle in the far northern Vales of Anduin, where they found the Éothéod.
1979379Bucca of the Marish is the made the first of the Shire-thains.
1980380The Dwarves of Moria unleash Durin's Bane. King Durin VI is slain by it.
c.1980380Return of the Nazgûl to Mordor.
1981381Náin I is slain. The last remaining Dwarves flee from Durin's Bane in Khazad-dûm.
Loss of Amroth.
1982382Loss of Nimrodel.
1998398Death of Pelendur. He is succeeded as Steward to Eärnil II by his son Vorondil.
1999399After years of wandering, the exiles of Khazad-dûm found Erebor.
Probable date of the birth of Eradan son of Mardil, later Ruling Steward of Gondor.
2000400The Nazgûl emerge from Mordor and assault Minas Ithil.
c.2000400Approximate date of the slaying of Scatha the Worm by Fram of the Éothéod.
2002402Capture of Minas Ithil by the Nazgûl. It is renamed Minas Morgul, and Minas Anor is also renamed Minas Tirth, the Tower of Guard.
2004404Birth of Galador son of Imrazôr, later to become the first Lord of Dol Amroth.
2012412Probable date of the birth of Arahael son of Aranarth, later Chieftain of the Dúnedain.
2029429Death of Vorondil the Hunter. He is succeeded as Steward to Eärnil II by his son Mardil.

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