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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
One hundred years around III 2806
(1206 by the Shire-reckoning)

 • 6,786 years after the Return of the Noldor
 • 2,878 years after the Downfall of Númenor
 • 162 years before the War of the Ring


The Third Age

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.
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.
27931193To avenge his father's death, Thráin II leads the Dwarves against the Orcs: the War of the Dwarves and Orcs begins.
27951195Basso Boffin disappears from the Shire, and is said to have gone to Sea.
27981198Death of King Fréaláf of Rohan. He is succeeded by his son Brytta.
27991199The Battle of Azanulbizar. The War of the Dwarves and Orcs ends with the death of Azog.
28001200Birth of Wiseman, son of Hamfast of Gamwich.
Orcs from the north begin to trouble the Rohirrim
28011201Death of Thain Ferumbras II of the Shire. He is succeeded by his son Fortinbras I.
28021202Dwarves led by Thráin II and Thorin Oakenshield settle in the Blue Mountains
28041204Birth of Folca son of Walda, later King of the Mark.
28051205Death of Grór of Durin's Folk. He is succeeded as ruler of the Iron Hills by his grandson Dáin Ironfoot.
28061206Death of Bandobras Took, known as the Bullroarer.
28071207Birth of Mungo, eldest child of Balbo Baggins and Berylla Boffin.
28111211Death of Steward Beregond. He is succeeded by his son, who rules as Belecthor II.
28121212Birth of Otto, son of Bosco Boffin and later head of the Boffin family.
28141214Birth of Laura Grubb.
28151215Birth of Adalgar, son of Gundahar Bolger and Dina Diggle.
Approximate date Buffo Boffin's death.
28181218Birth of Adaldrida, daughter of Gundahar Bolger and Dina Diggle.
28201220Birth of Largo Baggins
Probable date of the birth of Arador, later Chieftain of the Dúnedain.
28221222Birth of Lily, youngest child of Balbo Baggins and Berylla Boffin.
28271227Birth of Aglahad of Dol Amroth, great-grandfather of Prince Imrahil.
28301230Birth of Folcwine son of Folca, later King of the Mark.
28361236Death of Gormadoc Brandybuck. He is succeeded as Master of Buckland by his son Madoc.
28381238Birth of Isumbras, third child of Gerontius Took, who would later become Thain Isumbras IV.
28411241Thráin II sets out from the Blue Mountains, seeking to return to Erebor.
28421242Birth of Isembold, the fifth child of Gerontius the Old Took.
Death of King Brytta of Rohan. He is succeeded by his son Walda.
28451245Thráin is captured by Sauron, who thus recovers the last of the Seven Rings of the Dwarves. Unaware of his father's fate, Thráin's son Thorin becomes King of Durin's Folk.
28461246Birth of Bungo Baggins.
Birth of Hob Gammidge.
28471247Birth of Isembard, seventh child of the Old Took.
28481248Death of Arathorn I. He is succeeded as Chieftain of the Dúnedain by his son Argonui.
Death of Thain Fortinbras I of the Shire. He is succeeded by his son Gerontius, who becomes famous as the Old Took.
28501250Gandalf enters Dol Guldur once again and discovers Thráin II imprisoned there. Thráin dies soon afterwards, but not before giving Gandalf a map and key.
28511251Halfred Greenhand is born in the Shire.
King Walda of Rohan is attacked by Orcs near Dunharrow and slain. He is succeeded by his son Folca.
The White Council discover proof that the Necromancer of Dol Guldur is Sauron returned. Gandalf urges an immediate attack, but Saruman rejects this.
28521252Birth of Belladonna Took, the mother of Bilbo Baggins.
28551255Probable date of birth of Turgon son of Túrin II, later Ruling Steward of Gondor.
28561256Birth of Donnamira Took.
Birth of Belba Baggins.

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