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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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 • 3,015 years after the Downfall of Númenor
 • 25 years before the War of the Ring


The Third Age

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.
29471347Birth of Wilimar Bolger, son of Wilibald Bolger and Prisca Baggins.
Death of Isembard Took, seventh child of the Old Took.
29481348Birth of Seredic, son of Saradas Brandybuck.
Death of Donnamira Took, daughter of Gerontius the Old Took.
Birth of Théoden, later King of Rohan
29491349Bilbo Baggins is visited in the Shire by Gandalf and Balin.
29501350Death of Longo Baggins.
Birth of Finduilas, the daughter of Adrahil, later to become the mother of Boromir and Faramir.
29511351Birth of Heribald Bolger, son of Wilibald Bolger and Prisca Baggins.
Elrond reveals Aragorn's ancestry to him. The first meeting of Aragorn and Arwen, in the woods of Rivendell.
Khamûl and two other Nazgûl are sent to reclaim Dol Guldur.
Rebuilding of Barad-dûr begins.
29531353Saruman claims Isengard as his own and begins to fortify it.
Death of King Fengel of Rohan. He is succeeded by his son Thengel.
Death of Steward Turgon. He is succeeded by his son, Ecthelion II.
The last meeting of the White Council.
29541354Mount Doom erupts, causing the last remaining people of Ithilien to flee across the Anduin.
29551355Likely date of the birth of Imrahil of Dol Amroth.
29561356Death of Belba Baggins.
Gandalf and Aragorn meet for the first time.
29571357Aragorn enters the service of Thengel of Rohan, under the alias of Thorongil.
29601360Death of Mirabella, wife of Master Gorbadoc Brandybuck of Buckland.
Death of Isengar Took.
Birth of Nora Bolger, daughter of Wilibald Bolger and Prisca Baggins.
Death of Bingo Baggins.
29611361Birth of Anson, son of Andwise Roper of Tighfield.
29621362Hamfast Gamgee takes over as gardener at Bag End.
29631363Death of Linda Baggins.
Birth of Théodwyn, youngest daughter of King Thengel of Rohan.
Death of Gorbadoc Brandybuck. He is succeeded as Master of Buckland by his son, Rorimac.
29641364Birth of Lotho Sackville-Baggins, later self-appointed Chief Shirriff of the Shire.
29651365Birth of Hamson, the eldest brother of Samwise Gamgee.
29681368Birth of Frodo Baggins in the Shire.
29721372Birth of Daisy, elder sister of Samwise Gamgee.
29761376Birth of May, elder sister of Samwise Gamgee.
Denethor, future Steward of Gondor, weds Finduilas, daughter of Adrahil of Dol Amroth.
29771377Death of Bard the Bowman. He is succeeded as King of Dale by his son Bain.
Likely date of the death of Angelimir. He is succeeded as Prince of Dol Amroth by his son Adrahil.
29781378Birth of Théodred, son of Théoden of Rohan. His mother Elfhild dies in childbirth.
Birth of Boromir, heir to Denethor II of Gondor.
29791379Birth of Pimpernel, second daughter of Thain Paladin Took II, and elder sister of Peregrin Took.
29801380Birth of Tolman Cotton, eldest son and namesake of Farmer Tolman Cotton.
Birth of Fredegar 'Fatty' Bolger, son of Odovacar Bolger and Rosamunda Took.
'Thorongil' (Aragorn) leaves the service of Gondor and travels into the east. He later comes to Lórien, where he meets Arwen again, and the two become betrothed.
Death of King Thengel of Rohan. He is succeeded by his son Théoden.
Death of Thain Fortinbras II of the Shire. He is succeeded by his son Ferumbras III.
Loss of Drogo Baggins and his wife Primula in a boating accident.
Likely date of Samwise Gamgee's birth.
c.29801380Gollum first encounters Shelob in the Ephel Dúath on Mordor's western border.
29821382Death of Adalgrim Took.
Birth of Meriadoc Brandybuck, later Master of Buckland.
29831383Birth of Mentha, daughter of Marmadas Brandybuck.
Birth of Faramir, second son of Denethor II.
Birth of Marigold, youngest daughter of Hamfast Gamgee and Bell Goodchild.
29841384Birth of Rose Cotton, who later married Samwise Gamgee
Death of Hobson, also known as Roper Gamgee, the first Hobbit to bear the name 'Gamgee'.
Death of Steward Ecthelion II. He is succeeded by his son, who rules as Denethor II.
29851385Birth of Melilot Brandybuck, Estella Bolger and Pervinca Took in the Shire.
29861386Death of Jago Boffin, grandfather of Folco Boffin.
29881388Birth of Tosto Boffin in the Shire.
Death of Finduilas, spouse of Denethor II and mother to Boromir and Faramir, at the age of just 38.
29891389Birth of Doderic Brandybuck.
Balin begins his ill-fated attempt to recolonise Moria.
Adoption of Frodo Baggins as Bilbo's heir. Frodo removes from Buckland to Bag End.
29901390Birth of Peregrin Took.
29911391Birth of Moto, son of Milo Burrows and Peony Baggins.
Birth of Éomer, later King of Rohan.

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