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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 2941 to III 2944
(a period of 3 years)

 • 6,971 years after the Return of the Noldor
 • 3,063 years after the Downfall of Númenor
 • 74 years before the War of the Ring

The Third Age

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.

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