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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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Encyclopedia of Arda Timeline
Years of the TreesFirst AgeSecond AgeThird AgeFourth Age and Beyond

III 2050 to III 2080
(a period of 30 years)

 • 6,080 years after the Return of the Noldor
 • 2,172 years after the Downfall of Númenor
 • 938 years before the War of the Ring

The Rule of Steward Mardil Voronwë

The Third Age

2050450Eärnur, the last King of Gondor, is lost. The Stewards now rule in the King's name.
2060460The inception of the Revised Calendar of Mardil Voronwë, known as the Stewards' Reckoning.
2063463Beginning to suspect that the power in Dol Guldur may be Sauron, Gandalf goes there. Sauron withdraws into the east, and the time known as the Watchful Peace begins.
2074474Probable date of the birth of Belegorn son of Herion, later Ruling Steward of Gondor.
2076476Death of Imrazôr the Númenórean. His son Galador becomes the first Prince of Dol Amroth.
2080480Death of Mardil the first Ruling Steward. He is succeeded by his son Eradan.

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