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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 2963 to III 3008
(a period of 45 years)

 • 6,993 years after the Return of the Noldor
 • 3,085 years after the Downfall of Númenor
 • 10 years before the War of the Ring

Rorimac Brandybuck's Time as Master of the Hall

The Third Age

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.
29941394Balin's attempt to recolonise Moria ends in disaster. Balin himself, and the Dwarves of his company, are all slain.
29951395Birth of Éowyn in Rohan.
Birth of Diamond of Long Cleeve.
29971397Death of Adalbert Bolger.
29981398Death of Amaranth Brandybuck.
29991399Death of Gruffo Boffin.
Likely birthdate of Lothíriel, later queen to King Éomer Éadig.
c.30001400Saruman uses the Orthanc-stone for the first time. He comes under the power of Sauron, and abandons his allegiance to the White Council.
30011401Beginning to suspect that Bilbo's Magic Ring may be Sauron's One Ring, Gandalf and Aragorn begin to search for Gollum.
Bilbo Baggins' Birthday Party and farewell feast.
30021402Éomund, father of Éomer and Éowyn, is slain by Orcs.
After wandering in Middle-earth, Bilbo comes to Rivendell and settles there as Elrond's guest.
c.30021402Théodwyn, mother of Éomer and Éowyn, dies of a sickness.
30031403Bilbo Baggins begins work on his Translations from the Elvish.
30071407Death of Saradas Brandybuck.
Death of King Bain of Dale. He is succeeded by his son Brand.
Death of Gilraen the mother of Aragorn.
30081408Death of Rorimac Brandybuck. He is succeeded as Master of Buckland by his son, Saradoc.

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