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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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Encyclopedia of Arda Timeline
Years of the TreesFirst AgeSecond AgeThird AgeFourth Age and Beyond

III 280 to III 515
(a period of 235 years)

 • 4,310 years after the Return of the Noldor
 • 402 years after the Downfall of Númenor
 • 2,503 years before the War of the Ring

The Lifetime of Tarcil

The Third Age

280Probable date of the birth of Tarcil, later King of Arnor.
310Probable date of the birth of Tarostar, later King Rómendacil I of Gondor.
324Death of Eärendil of Gondor. He is succeeded as King by his son Anardil.
339Death of King Eldacar of Arnor. He is succeeded by his son, Arantar.
397Probable date of the birth of Turambar son of Tarostar, later King of Gondor.
411Death of Anardil. He is succeeded as King of Gondor by his son Ostoher.
420Minas Anor is rebuilt by King Ostoher of Gondor.
435Death of King Arantar of Arnor. He is succeeded by his son, Tarcil.
462Probable date of the birth of Valandur, later King of Arnor.
480Probable date of the birth of Atanatar, later King Atanatar I of Gondor.
490Gondor is assailed by Men out of the East; the first of many wars with the Easterlings and Southrons.
492Death of Ostoher. He is succeeded as King of Gondor by his son Tarostar, who will later rule as Rómendacil I.
500Tarostar defeats the Easterling invaders, and takes the name Rómendacil, 'East-victor'.
515Death of King Tarcil of Arnor. He is succeeded by his son, Tarondor.

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