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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 2842 to III 2851
(a period of 9 years)

 • 6,872 years after the Return of the Noldor
 • 2,964 years after the Downfall of Númenor
 • 167 years before the War of the Ring

The Reign of King Walda of Rohan

The Third Age

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.

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