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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 2680
(1080 by the Shire-reckoning)

 • 6,660 years after the Return of the Noldor
 • 2,752 years after the Downfall of Númenor
 • 288 years before the War of the Ring


The Third Age

26441044Birth of Thráin, later King Thráin II of Durin's Folk.
Birth of Déor, later King of Rohan.
26451045Death of King Aldor the Old of Rohan. He is succeeded by his son Fréa.
26541054Death of Chieftain Aravorn of the Dúnedain. He is succeeded by his son, who becomes Arahad II.
26551055Likely date of birth of Beren son of Egalmoth, later Ruling Steward of Gondor.
Death of Steward Belecthor I. He is succeeded by his son Orodreth.
26591059Death of King Fréa of Rohan. He is succeeded by his son Fréawine.
26621062Birth of Fundin son of Farin.
26681068Birth of Gram son of Déor, later to become King of Rohan.
c.26701070Introduction of pipe-weed to the Shire by Tobold Hornblower of Longbottom.
26711071Birth of Gróin son of Farin in Erebor.
26801080Death of King Fréawine of Rohan. He is succeeded by his son Goldwine.
26831083Isengrim Took II becomes the tenth Shire-thain of the Took line. The excavation of Great Smials is begun.
26851085Death of Steward Orodreth. He is succeeded by his son, known as Ecthelion I.
26911091Birth of Helm son of Gram, later King Helm Hammerhand of Rohan.
26931093Probable date of the birth of Arathorn I, later Chieftain of the Dúnedain.
26981098Steward Ecthelion I dies, having rebuilt the White Tower in Minas Tirith. Leaving no issue, he is succeded by Egalmoth, a descendant of Belecthor I.
26991099Death of King Goldwine of Rohan. He is succeeded by his son Déor.
27001100Probable date of the birth of Beregond, later Ruling Steward of Gondor.
27011101Birth of Ferumbras, son and heir of Isumbras Took III.
27101110The Dunlendings capture Isengard.
27111111Death of Borin, ancestor of Gimli Elf-friend.
27181118Death of King Déor of Rohan. He is succeeded by his son Gram.
27191119Death of Arahad II. He is succeeded as Chieftain of the Dúnedain by his son Arassuil.
27221122Death of Thain Isengrim II of the Shire. He is succeeded by his son Isumbras III.
27251125Approximate date of the birth of Buffo Boffin.
27261126The birth of Fréaláf Hildeson, a nephew of Helm who will eventually become his successor.

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