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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
One hundred years around III 2459
(859 by the Shire-reckoning)

 • 6,439 years after the Return of the Noldor
 • 2,531 years after the Downfall of Númenor
 • 509 years before the War of the Ring


The Third Age

2410810Probable date of the birth of Boromir son of Denethor I, later Ruling Steward of Gondor.
2412812Death of Steward Barahir. He is succeeded by his son Dior.
2431831Likely date of birth of Aragost son of Arahad I, later Chieftain of the Dúnedain.
2435835Death of Steward Dior of Gondor. He dies childless and so is succeed by his nephew, who becomes Denethor I.
2440840Birth of Dáin son of Náin II, later King Dáin I of Durin's Folk.
c.2440840Estimated birth date of Sméagol, later called Gollum.
2449849Probable date of the birth of Cirion son of Boromir, later Ruling Steward of Gondor.
2450850Birth of Borin, second son of King Náin II of Durin's Folk.
2455855Death of Araglas. He is succeeded as Chieftain of the Dúnedain by his son Arahad I.
2459859Birth of Léod of the Éothéod.
2460860The Watchful Peace comes to an end with Sauron's return out of the east.
2463863Formation of the Council of the Wise.
c.2463863Déagol discovers the One Ring. Sméagol murders him and takes it for himself.
c.2470870Driven out by his people, Sméagol (or Gollum) flees into hiding in the Misty Mountains.
2475875Mordor launches a sudden attack on Osgiliath, finally ruining the long-decaying city and breaking its bridge.
2477877Death of Steward Denethor I. He is succeeded by his son Boromir.
2480880Birth of Hallas son of Cirion, later Steward of Gondor.
c.2480880Sauron sends Orcs and Trolls to infest the Misty Mountains and cut off their passes, and to occupy the ruins of Moria.
2485885Birth of Eorl son of Léod, later to become the first King of Rohan.
2488888Death of King Óin of Durin's Folk. He is succeeded by his son, Náin.
2489889Death of Steward Boromir. He is succeeded by his son Cirion.
c.2497897Birth of Aravorn, later Chieftain of the Dúnedain.
2501901Léod is thrown by the horse Felaróf and dies. Eorl the Young becomes Lord of the Éothéod.
2509909Celebrían is captured by Orcs, and receives a poisoned wound.
Steward Cirion sends messengers into the north to seek aid from the Éothéod against Gondor's enemies.

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