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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
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One hundred years around II 3320

 • 3,859 years after the Return of the Noldor
 • Contemporary with the Downfall of Númenor
 • 3,089 years before the War of the Ring


The Second Age

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.
3316Amandil abandons Númenor and sails into the West to seek the aid of the Valar.
3319Ar-Pharazôn sails into the West to assail the Valar. The Downfall of Númenor.
3320Sauron returns in secret to the land of Mordor.
Arnor and Gondor are founded by Elendil and his sons Isildur and Anárion.
c.3320Approximate date of the construction of many great towers and citadels, including Minas Ithil and Isengard.
3339Probable date of the birth of Aratan, second son of Isildur, in Gondor.

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