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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 2328
(728 by the Shire-reckoning)

 • 6,308 years after the Return of the Noldor
 • 2,400 years after the Downfall of Númenor
 • 640 years before the War of the Ring


The Third Age

2278678Death of Steward Túrin I. He is succeeded by his son Hador.
2289689Death of King Thorin I of Durin's Folk. He is succeeded by his son, Glóin.
2290690Probable date of the birth of Barahir son of Hador, later Steward of Gondor.
2296696Probable date of the birth of Araglas, later Chieftain of the Dúnedain.
2319719Death of Chieftain Aravir of the Dúnedain. He is succeeded by his son, who becomes Aragorn I.
2327727Aragorn I is slain by wolves. He is succeeded as Chieftain of the Dúnedain by his son Araglas.
2328728Probable date of the birth of Dior son of Barahir, later Ruling Steward of Gondor.
2338738Birth of Náin, later King Náin II, in the Grey Mountains.
2340740Isumbras I is the first Took to be Thain of the Shire.
Founding of Buckland by Gorhendad Oldbuck.
2365765Probable date of the birth of Arahad son of Araglas, later Chieftain Arahad I of the Dúnedain.
2375775Probable date of the birth of Denethor grandson of Barahir, later Ruling Steward Denethor I of Gondor.

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