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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 2836 to III 2877
(a period of 41 years)

 • 6,866 years after the Return of the Noldor
 • 2,958 years after the Downfall of Númenor
 • 141 years before the War of the Ring

Madoc Brandybuck's Time as Master of Buckland

The Third Age

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.
28571257Birth of Uffo Boffin, second son of Otto the Fat.
28581258Death of Bosco Boffin.
Probable date of the death of Balbo Baggins, earliest known head of the Baggins family.
Birth of Folcred and Fastred, twin sons of Folcwine of Rohan.
28591259Birth of Hending, son of Holman the greenhanded.
Birth of Thorin's nephew Fíli.
28601260Birth of Rudibert, second son of Adalgar Bolger.
Birth of Mirabella, the youngest daughter of the Old Took.
Birth of Longo, third child of Mungo Baggins and Laura Grubb.
Birth of Rollo Boffin, third son of Otto Boffin the Fat.
28621262Birth of Linda, fourth child of Mungo Baggins and Laura Grubb.
Birth of Isengar Took, youngest child of the Old Took.
Birth of Rose, daiughter of Holman the greenhanded.
28641264Birth of Bingo Baggins.
Ruby Bolger is born in the Shire.
King Folca of Rohan dies after being wounded by the Boar of Everholt. He is succeeded by his son Folcwine.
Birth of Kíli, nephew of Thorin Oakenshield and later part of his Company on the Quest of Erebor.
28661266Birth of Thorin son of Dáin Ironfoot, who would later rule as King Thorin III Stonehelm in Erebor.
Likely date of the birth of Angelimir, later Prince of Dol Amroth.
28701270Birth of Fengel, youngest son of Folcwine of Rohan, but destined to succeed his father as King.
28721272Steward Belecthor II of Gondor dies, and is succeeded by his son Thorondir. The second White Tree of Minas Tirith also dies at this time, and is left standing as the Dead Tree.
28731273Date of the birth of Arathorn II, later Chieftain of the Dúnedain and father to Aragorn.
28751275Gundahar Bolger dies, and is likely succeeded as head of the Bolger family by his son Adalgar.
28771277Death of Madoc Brandybuck. He is succeeded as Master of Buckland by his son Marmadoc.

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