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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 2950 to III 2988
(a period of 38 years)

 • 6,980 years after the Return of the Noldor
 • 3,072 years after the Downfall of Númenor
 • 30 years before the War of the Ring

The Lifetime of Finduilas of Dol Amroth

The Third Age

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.

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