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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

I 262 to I 355
(a period of 93 years)

 • 261 years after the Return of the Noldor
 • 3,554 years before the Downfall of Númenor
 • 6,694 years before the War of the Ring

The Lifetime of Balan

The First Age

262Likely year of the birth of Balan (later called Bëor) in the lands east of the Blue Mountains.
282Probable date of birth of Marach, later to lead his people westward across the Blue Mountains.
307Probable date of birth of Malach son of Marach, later called Aradan.
310Men are discovered in the western foothills of the Blue Mountains by Finrod Felagund.
311Bëor enters the service of Finrod of Nargothrond.
c.313Marach crosses the Blue Mountains with the ancestors of the House of Hador.
316Aredhel sets out from Gondolin. Later in the year, she is lost in Nan Elmoth, and becomes Eöl's wife.
320The year of Maeglin's birth in Nan Elmoth.
332The twelve-year old Maeglin is formally named.
337Probable year of the birth of Amlach son of Imlach.
340Likely date of birth of Bereg, great-grandson of Bëor.
341Likely date of the birth of Haleth, daughter of Haldad.
c.350Approximate date of the birth of Boromir, later lord of Ladros.
355Bëor the Old dies at the age of ninety-three.

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