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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.

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

III 2842 to III 2946
(a period of 104 years)

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

The Lifetime of Isembold Took

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.
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.
28791279Birth of Gimli, later called Elf-friend.
28801280Birth of Adalgrim, son of Hildigrim Took and Rosa Baggins.
28821282Death of Steward Thorondir. He is succeeded by his son, who rules as Túrin II.
28851285Birth of Hobson, also called Roper Gamgee.
Gondor and Rohan defeat a force of Haradrim at the Crossings of Poros. Folcred and Fastred of Rohan both fall in the battle.
28861286Probable date of the birth of Ecthelion son of Turgon, later Steward Ecthelion II of Gondor.
28901290Birth of Bilbo Baggins in the Shire.
c.28901290Very approximate date of the construction of Bag End.
28921292Birth of Holman Greenhand.
28941294Birth of Jago, son of Hugo Boffin and Donnamira Took.
28991299Probable date of accession of Aglahad, nineteenth Prince of Dol Amroth and great-great-grandfather to Imrahil.
29001300Death of Mungo Baggins, Bilbo's paternal grandfather.
c.29001300Approximate date of the refortification of Cair Andros by Steward Túrin II.
29011301Birth of Adalbert, son of Rudigar Bolger and Amethyst Hornblower.
Uruk-hai out of Mordor attack Ithilien, driving out all but a few of its inhabitants. Henneth Annûn is built by the Gondorians.
29021302Birth of Holman son of Cotman, the first Hobbit to bear the surname 'Cotton'.
Birth of Rorimac Brandybuck, future Master of Buckland, and of Posco Baggins.
29031303Birth of Falco Chubb-Baggins in the Shire.
Death of King Folcwine of Rohan. He is succeeded by his son Fengel.
29041304Birth of Amaranth, daughter of Master Gorbadoc Brandybuck.
29051305Birth of Thengel son of Fengel, later King of Rohan.
29071307Birth of Gilraen, who would become the mother of Aragorn.
29081308Birth of Drogo Baggins, later to become the father of Frodo Baggins.
Birth of Saradas, the third child of Gorbadoc Brandybuck.
29101310Birth of Otho Sackville-Baggins.
Death of Marmadoc Brandybuck. He is succeeded as Master of Buckland by his son Gorbadoc.
29111311The year of the Fell Winter. White Wolves invade the Shire.
c.29111311Estimated date of birth of Bard the Bowman.
29121312Death of Lily Baggins.
Death of Largo Baggins.
The melting snows of the Fell Winter cause disastrous flooding. Tharbad on the Gwathló is ruined and its bridge is broken.
Death of Argonui. He is succeeded as Chieftain of the Dúnedain by his son Arador.
29131313Birth of Asphodel Brandybuck, daughter of Gorbadoc Brandybuck and Mirabella Took.
29141314Death of Adalgar Bolger.
Death of Steward Túrin II. He is succeeded by his son, Turgon.
29161316Likely date of birth of Dinodas Brandybuck, youngest son of Gorbadoc Brandybuck.
On the death of his mother Laura Baggins (née Grubb), Bungo Baggins becomes head of the Baggins family.
29171317Apparent date of birth of Adrahil son of Angelimir, later Prince of Dol Amroth.
29181318Birth of Lobelia Bracegirdle, better known by her married name of Lobelia Sackville-Baggins.
29201320Birth of Primula Brandybuck, youngest child of Master Gorbadoc of Brandy Hall.
Death of Thain Gerontius, the Old Took. He is succeeded by his son Isengrim III.
29221322Birth of Morwen Steelsheen, later queen to King Thengel of Rohan.
29231323Death of Gróin of Durin's Folk.
29261326Birth of Hamfast Gamgee, the 'Gaffer', father of Sam Gamgee.
Death of Bungo Baggins, father of Bilbo Baggins.
29291329Marriage of Arathorn and Gilraen, the parents of Aragorn.
29301330Birth of Denethor in Minas Tirith, later to become Steward Denethor II.
Death of Thain Isengrim III of the Shire. He is succeeded by his brother Isumbras IV.
Arador is slain by hill-trolls. He is succeeded as Chieftain of the Dúnedain by his son Arathorn II.
29311331Birth of Aragorn II Elessar.
29321332Birth of Halfred of Overhill, youngest child of Roper Gamgee.
Likely date of accession of Imrahil's grandfather, Angelimir, the twentieth Prince of Dol Amroth.
29331333Birth of Paladin Took, later Thain Paladin II and father to Peregrin Took.
Death of Aragorn's father Arathorn II. Aragorn is fostered by Elrond at Rivendell under the name Estel.
29341334Death of Belladonna Took, mother of Bilbo Baggins.
29361336Birth of Esmeralda, the youngest child of Adalgrim Took.
29391339Death of Thain Isumbras IV of the Shire. He is succeeded by his son Fortinbras II.
29401340Birth of Saradoc Brandybuck, later Master of Buckland and father of Meriadoc Brandybuck
29411341Birth of Tolman Cotton the elder.
Gandalf and Thorin encounter one another at Bree, and begin to plan the recovery of Erebor.
Gandalf briefly visits Bilbo Baggins at Bag End.
Thorin and Company come to Bag End with Gandalf, and the planning of the Quest of Erebor begins.
Gandalf, Bilbo Baggins and the Dwarves set out from Bag End on the Quest of Erebor.
May Bilbo and the Dwarves encounter three trolls, and narrowly escape being eaten.
Bilbo Baggins and the Dwarves set out from Rivendell on their journey to the Lonely Mountain.
July Bilbo Baggins comes across the One Ring beneath the Misty Mountains.
Expulsion of the Necromancer from Dol Guldur by the White Council.
Bard the Bowman slays the Dragon Smaug.
October The Battle of Five Armies. Thorin Oakenshield is slain, and his cousin Dáin Ironfoot becomes King of Durin's Folk.
c.29411341A young Hamfast Gamgee becomes apprenticed to the gardener Holman Greenhand.
29421342Return of Sauron to Mordor.
22 June Return of Bilbo Baggins to Bag End in the Shire.
29431343Birth of Marmadas Brandybuck, son of Gorbulas Brandybuck
29441344Gollum sets out from the Misty Mountains in search of his lost Precious.
Bard completes the rebuilding of Dale, and is made its King.
29461346Birth of Wilcome 'Will' Cotton, second son of Holman Cotton of Bywater.
Birth of Olo, son of Odo Proudfoot.
Death of Isembold Took, fifth child of the Old Took.

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