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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

III 2743 to III 2763
(a period of 20 years)

 • 6,773 years after the Return of the Noldor
 • 2,865 years after the Downfall of Númenor
 • 255 years before the War of the Ring

The Rule of Steward Beren

The Third Age

27431143Death of Steward Egalmoth. He is succeeded by his son, Beren.
27451145Orcs out of the Misty Mountains start their fiercest attacks on Eriador.
27461146Birth of Thorin, later called Oakenshield, son of King Thráin II.
27471147The Battle of Greenfields is fought in the Northfarthing of the Shire.
27481148The worst of the Orc-battles of Eriador come to an end.
27511151Birth of Frerin, second son of King Thráin II.
27521152Birth of Brytta son of Fréaláf Hildeson, later King Brytta Léofa of Rohan.
Likely date of birth of Belecthor son of Beregond, who later ruled Gondor as Steward Belecthor II.
27541154King Helm of Rohan slays his rebellious vassal Freca outside Edoras.
27571157Birth of Argonui son of Arathorn I, later Chieftain of the Dúnedain.
27581158Rohan is overrun by the Dunlendings and their allies.
November The Long Winter descends on Middle-earth.
27591159Death of King Helm of Rohan. Both of Helm's sons also died in the Long Winter of this year, and so he was succeeded by his nephew Fréaláf.
Death of Thain Isumbras III of the Shire. He is succeeded by his son Ferumbras II.
Saruman is given the Keys of Orthanc by Steward Beren.
March The Long Winter draws to an end.
27601160Birth of Hamfast of Gamwich, an early ancestor of the Gamgees.
The Days of Dearth following the Long Winter come to an end.
27631163Death of Steward Beren. He is succeeded by his son, Beregond.
Birth of Balin son of Fundin.

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