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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 2759 to III 2791
(a period of 32 years)

 • 6,789 years after the Return of the Noldor
 • 2,881 years after the Downfall of Númenor
 • 227 years before the War of the Ring

The Thainship of Ferumbras Took II

The Third Age

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.
27671167Birth of Bosco Boffin, son of Buffo Boffin and Ivy Goodenough.
Birth of Balbo Baggins, the oldest known member of the Baggins famly.
Birth of Dáin son of Náin, who later ruled Erebor as King Dáin II Ironfoot.
27691169Birth of Basso Boffin, son of Buffo Boffin, in the Shire.
27701170Smaug descends on Erebor, destroying it and the neighbouring town of Dale.
27721172Birth of Dwalin.
Birth of Berylla, daughter of Buffo Boffin and Ivy Goodenough.
27741174Birth of Gundahar, eldest son of Gundolpho Bolger.
Birth of Óin son of Gróin.
27751175Birth of Madoc, son of Gormadoc Brandybuck, and later Master of Buckland.
27781178Birth of Rudolph, second son of Gundolpho Bolger and Alfrida of the Yale.
27791179Birth of Sadoc, second son of Gormadoc Brandybuck.
27801180Birth of Walda son of Brytta, later King of Rohan.
27821182Likely date of birth of Marroc, third son of Master Gormadoc Brandybuck.
Probable date of the birth of Thorondir, later Ruling Steward of Gondor.
27831183Birth of Glóin son of Gróin.
27841184Death of Arassuil. He is succeeded as Chieftain of the Dúnedain by his son Arathorn I.
27901190Birth of Gerontius Took, who will live for one hundred and thirty years, and become known as the Old Took.
Thrór is slain in Moria by Azog. His son Thráin succeeds as King of Durin's Folk.

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