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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.

You can have the Chronicle look up events for specific dates by entering one or two years in the form below. If you enter two dates, the Chronicle will display events that happened between those two years. If you leave one of the dates blank, the Chronicle will display events in the century around the single year you specify.

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

II 3262 to II 3310
(a period of 48 years)

 • 3,851 years after the Return of the Noldor
 • 9 years before the Downfall of Númenor
 • 3,149 years before the War of the Ring

Sauron's Corruption of Númenor

The Second Age

3262Sauron submits himself to Ar-Pharazôn as a prisoner, and is taken back to Númenor. There, he begins to corrupt the Númenóreans.
c.3290Sauron destroys Nimloth, the White Tree of Númenor.
3299Probable date of the birth of Meneldil.
Birth of Elendur, eldest son of Isildur.
3310Convinced by Sauron to attack Aman, Ar-Pharazôn begins building his Great Armament.

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