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Years of the TreesFirst AgeSecond AgeThird AgeFourth Age and Beyond

II 3320 to III 2050
(a period of 2,171 years)

 • 3,909 years after the Return of the Noldor
 • 1 year after the Downfall of Númenor
 • 968 years before the War of the Ring

The Time of the Kings of Gondor

The Second Age

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.
3399Likely date of birth of Cemendur, son and eventual heir of Meneldil.
3429Sauron launches an assault on Gondor, and captures Minas Ithil.
3430Probable date of the birth of Valandil, youngest of the four sons of Isildur.
Formation of the Last Alliance.
3431The forces of the newly-formed Last Alliance of Elves and Men assemble in Imladris under their leaders, Gil-galad and Elendil.
3434Sauron's forces are defeated in the Battle of Dagorlad. The Siege of Barad-dûr begins.
3440Anárion slain in the Siege of Barad-dûr.
3441Defeat of Sauron by the Last Alliance. Barad-dûr is destroyed, but both Gil-galad and Elendil are lost. The Nazgûl go into the shadows.

The Third Age

2Meneldil takes on the rule of the South-kingdom.
Isildur plants a seedling of the White Tree in Minas Anor.
Isildur sets out from Minas Tirith with the One Ring, starting the long journey north to Arnor.
The Disaster of the Gladden Fields. The One Ring is lost in Anduin.
3Isildur's squire Ohtar, having escaped the Disaster of the Gladden Fields, arrives at Imladris with the Shards of Narsil.
10Isildur's son Valandil reaches his majority and becomes King of Arnor.
48Probable date of the birth of Eärendil, later King of Gondor.
87Probable date of birth of Eldacar son of Valandil, later King of Arnor.
109Wedding of Elrond and Celebrían.
130Birth of the twins Elladan and Elrohir.
158Death of Meneldil. He is succeeded as King of Gondor by his son Cemendur.
185Probable date of birth of Arantar son of Eldacar, later King of Arnor.
222Probable date of birth of Ostoher son of Anardil, later to become King of Gondor.
238Death of Cemendur. He is succeeded as King of Gondor by his son Eärendil.
241Birth of Arwen Evenstar.
249Death of Valandil son of Isildur. He is succeeded as King of Arnor by his son Eldacar.
280Probable date of the birth of Tarcil, later King of Arnor.
310Probable date of the birth of Tarostar, later King Rómendacil I of Gondor.
324Death of Eärendil of Gondor. He is succeeded as King by his son Anardil.
339Death of King Eldacar of Arnor. He is succeeded by his son, Arantar.
397Probable date of the birth of Turambar son of Tarostar, later King of Gondor.
411Death of Anardil. He is succeeded as King of Gondor by his son Ostoher.
420Minas Anor is rebuilt by King Ostoher of Gondor.
435Death of King Arantar of Arnor. He is succeeded by his son, Tarcil.
462Probable date of the birth of Valandur, later King of Arnor.
480Probable date of the birth of Atanatar, later King Atanatar I of Gondor.
490Gondor is assailed by Men out of the East; the first of many wars with the Easterlings and Southrons.
492Death of Ostoher. He is succeeded as King of Gondor by his son Tarostar, who will later rule as Rómendacil I.
500Tarostar defeats the Easterling invaders, and takes the name Rómendacil, 'East-victor'.
515Death of King Tarcil of Arnor. He is succeeded by his son, Tarondor.
541Death of Rómendacil I. He is succeeded as King of Gondor by his son Turambar.
602Death of King Tarondor of Arnor. He is succeeded by his son, Valandur.
640Probable date of birth of Eärendur son of Elendur, later to become the last King of Arnor.
652King Valandur of Arnor is slain. He is succeeded by his son, Elendur.
654Probable year of the birth of Tarannon son of Siriondil, later King Falastur of Gondor.
667Death of Turambar of Gondor. He is succeeded as King by his son Atanatar I.
726Probable date of the birth of Amlaith of Fornost.
736Birth of Eärnil son of Tarciryan, later King Eärnil I of Gondor.
748Death of Atanatar I. He is succeeded as King of Gondor by his son Siriondil.
777Death of King Elendur of Arnor. He is succeeded by his son, Eärendur.
811Probable date of the birth of Beleg, later King of Arthedain.
820Probable date of birth of Ciryandil son of Eärnil, later King of Gondor.
830Death of Siriondil. He is succeeded as King of Gondor by his son Tarannon.
861Death of King Eärendur of Arnor. Division of Arnor into Arthedain, Rhudaur and Cardolan.
895Likely date of birth of Mallor son of Beleg, later King of Arthedain.
899Probable date of birth of Ciryaher son of Ciryandil, later to rule Gondor as Hyarmendacil I.
913Death of Tarannon Falastur. Leaving no heir, he is succeeded as King of Gondor by his nephew Eärnil I.
933Umbar is captured by King Eärnil I of Gondor.
936Death of Eärnil I. He is succeeded as King of Gondor by his son Ciryandil.
946Death of Amlaith of Fornost, founder of Arthedain. He is succeeded by his son Beleg.
977Probable date of birth of Atanatar son of Ciryaher, later to rule as Atanatar II Alcarin of Gondor.
979Birth of Celepharn son of Mallor, later King of Arthedain.
c.1000Sauron begins to take a new form.
c.1000Arrival of the Istari in Middle-earth.
1015The Siege of Umbar begins.
Ciryandil is slain in battle with the Haradrim. He is succeeded as King of Gondor by his son, known to history as Hyarmendacil I.
1029Death of Beleg, King of Arthedain. He is succeeded by his son Mallor.
1049Probable date of the birth of Narmacil son of Atanatar II, later King Narmacil I of Gondor.
1050The Harfoots cross the Misty Mountains and settle in Eriador.
Gondor breaks the Siege of Umbar and defeats the amies of the Harad, thus reaching the height of its power.
A shadow falls on Greenwood the Great, and it begins to be called Mirkwood.
1058Probable date of the birth of Calmacil, later King of Gondor.
1062Probable date of the birth of Celebrindor, later King of Arthedain.
c.1100The first stirrings of Sauron are felt again in Middle-earth, though they are thought at this time to signal the return of a Nazgûl.
1110Death of Mallor, King of Arthedain. He is succeeded by his son Celepharn.
1126Probable date of the birth of Minalcar, later King Rómendacil II of Gondor.
1144Probable date of the birth of Malvegil, later King of Arthedain.
1149Death of Hyarmendacil I. He is succeeded as King of Gondor by his son Atanatar II.
c.1150The Hobbits of the Fallohide and Stoor strains wander west across the Misty Mountains.
1191Death of Celepharn. He is succeeded as King of Arthedain by his son Celebrindor.
1226Birth of Argeleb son of Malvegil, later King Argeleb I of Arthedain.
Death of King Atanatar II of Gondor. He is succeeded by his son, who becomes Narmacil I.
1240Minalcar (later King Rómendacil II) is made Regent of Gondor by his uncle Narmacil I.
1248Minalcar destroys the armies of the Easterlings, and takes the name Rómendacil
1250Regent Rómendacil sends his son Valacar as ambassador to Vidugavia
c.1250Likely date of the construction of the Argonath
1255Likely date of birth of Vinitharya son of Valacar, later to become King Eldacar of Gondor.
1272Death of Celebrindor. He is succeeded as King of Arthedain by his son Malvegil.
1294Death of King Narmacil I of Gondor. He is succeeded by his younger brother, Calmacil, though Calmacil's son Minalcar retains the Regency.
c.1300The Hobbits travel westwards. Some reach the Bree-land and settle there.
c.1300The Nazgûl reappear in Middle-earth. Angmar is founded in the far north.
1304Death of King Calmacil of Gondor. He is succeeded by his son and Regent, who becomes Rómendacil II.
1309Probable date of birth of Arveleg son of Argeleb I, later King Arveleg I of Arthedain.
1349Death of King Malvegil of Arthedain. He is succeeded by his son Argeleb I.
1356Argeleb I dies in battle with Rhudaur. He is succeeded by his son Arveleg I.
c.1356The Stoors of the Angle leave their homes and travel west and south away from the new realm of Angmar.
1366Death of King Rómendacil II of Gondor. He is succeeded by his son Valacar.
1391Likely date of birth of Vinyarion son of Aldamir, later to rule Gondor under the name of Hyarmendacil II.
Likely date of the birth of Araphor son of Arveleg I, later King of Arthedain.
1409Arveleg I is slain in an attack on Amon Sûl. He is succeeded by his son Araphor.
The Witch-king of Angmar invades the northern kingdoms.
1432Death of King Valacar of Gondor. The succession of his son Eldacar is disputed, and civil war begins in Gondor.
1437The burning of Osgiliath, and the loss of its palantír. Eldacar flees from Gondor.
1447Eldacar returns from the east and reclaims the Crown of Gondor, slaying Castamir the Usurper.
1448Castamir's sons escape to Umbar, and form the beginnings of the Corsairs.
1454Probable date of the birth of Minardil son of Vinyarion, later King of Gondor
1473Probable date of the birth of Argeleb son of Araphor, later King Argeleb II of Arthedain.
1490Death of King Eldacar of Gondor; he is succeeded by his only surviving son, Aldamir.
1516Probable date of the birth of Telemnar son of Minardil, later King of Gondor
1540Death of Aldamir. He is succeeded as King of Gondor by his son Vinyarion (later Hyarmendacil II).
1551The Haradrim are defeated by Vinyarion of Gondor, who takes the name Hyarmendacil II.
1553Probable date of the birth of Arvegil son of Argeleb II, later King of Arthedain.
1577Probable date of the birth of Tarondor, later King of Gondor.
1589Death of Araphor. He is succeeded by his son Argeleb II.
16011The foundation of the Shire, and the beginning of the Shire-reckoning.
162121Death of Hyarmendacil II. He is succeeded as King of Gondor by his son Minardil.
c.163030Many Stoors migrate northward from Dunland to the recently founded Shire.
163333Birth of Arveleg son of Arvegil, later to rule Arthedain as Arveleg II.
163434Death of Minardil at the hands of the Corsairs. He is succeeded as King of Gondor by his son Telemnar.
163535The Great Plague first appears among the Northmen of Rhovanion.
163636In Gondor, King Telemnar and all his children sicken and die, as does the original White Tree. Telemnar's nephew Tarondor succeeds to the throne.
The appearance of the Barrow-wights in the Barrow-downs.
163737The Great Plague comes to an end in the North of Middle-earth.
164040Tarondor removes the seat of the King of Gondor from Osgiliath to Minas Anor, where he plants a seedling of the White Tree. The decay of Osgiliath begins.
167070Death of Argeleb II. He is succeeded by his son Arvegil.
168484Probable date of the birth of Narmacil II.
1711111Probable date of birth of Araval, later King of Arthedain.
1731131Birth of Durin VI, later King of Durin's Folk in Khazad-dûm.
1736136Probable date of the birth of Calimehtar, later King of Gondor.
1743143Death of Arvegil. He is succeeded by his son Arveleg II.
1787187Likely date of birth of Ondoher son of Calimehtar, later King of Gondor.
1789189Likely date of birth of Araphant son of Araval, later King of Arthedain.
1798198Death of Tarondor. He is succeeded as King of Gondor by his son Telumehtar.
1810210Telumehtar Umbardacil takes Umbar and slays the last descendants of Castamir.
1813213Death of Arveleg II. He is succeeded as King of Arthedain by his son Araval.
1832232Birth of Náin I, later King of Durin's Folk in Khazad-dûm.
1850250Death of Telumehtar Umbardacil. He is succeeded by his son, who becomes Narmacil II.
1851251The first attacks of the Wainriders occur.
1856256Death of Narmacil II in battle with the Wainriders. He is succeeded by his son Calimehtar.
c.1856256The Northmen of Rhovanion abandon their lands and seek new homes across Middle-earth.
1864264Probable date of the birth of Arvedui son of Araphant, later King of Arthedain.
1879279Likely date of birth of Pelendur, later Steward of Gondor.
1883283Likely date of birth of Eärnil son of Siriondil, later crowned King Eärnil II of Gondor.
1891291Death of Araval. He is succeeded as King of Arthedain by his son Araphant.
1896296Likely date of the birth of Fíriel, daughter of Ondoher of Gondor.
1899299The Wainriders are defeated on Dagorlad by Calimehtar of Gondor.
1900300The White Tower is built in Minas Anor by King Calimehtar.
1919319Probable date of birth of Vorondil son of Pelendur, later Steward to King Eärnil II of Gondor.
1928328Probable date of the birth of Eärnur, later the last King of Gondor.
1934334Birth of Thráin son of Náin I, last of Durin's line to be born in Khazad-dûm.
1936336Death of Calimehtar. He is succeeded as King of Gondor by his son Ondoher.
1940340Wedding of Arvedui, heir to the kingdom of Arthedain and Fíriel, daughter of King Ondoher of Gondor.
c.1941341Approximate date of the birth of Aranarth, son and heir of Arvedui Last-king.
1944344Arvedui lays claim to the throne of Gondor.
King Ondoher of Gondor is slain with both his sons.
Gondor is assaulted simultaneously by the armies of Khand, Harad and the Wainriders. The Battle of the Camp.
1945345The Crown of Gondor is granted to Eärnil II.
1950350Probably date of the birth of Imrazôr the Númenórean, ancestor of the Lords of Dol Amroth.
1960360Likely date of birth of Mardil son of Vorondil, later to become the first Ruling Steward of Gondor.
1964364Death of Araphant. He is succeeded by his son Arvedui.
1974374Arvedui, last of the Kings of Arthedain, is drowned in the Icebay of Forochel.
The forces of Angmar capture Fornost; the remnant of the North-kingdom is destroyed.
1975375Eärnur of Gondor brings a fleet to the north. Too late to save the North-kingdom, he avenges its loss at the Battle of Fornost. Angmar is destroyed.
1976376The Chieftainship of the Dúnedain is established by Aranarth son of Arvedui.
1977377A band of Northmen are led by Frumgar to settle in the far northern Vales of Anduin, where they found the Éothéod.
1979379Bucca of the Marish is the made the first of the Shire-thains.
1980380The Dwarves of Moria unleash Durin's Bane. King Durin VI is slain by it.
c.1980380Return of the Nazgûl to Mordor.
1981381Náin I is slain. The last remaining Dwarves flee from Durin's Bane in Khazad-dûm.
Loss of Amroth.
1982382Loss of Nimrodel.
1998398Death of Pelendur. He is succeeded as Steward to Eärnil II by his son Vorondil.
1999399After years of wandering, the exiles of Khazad-dûm found Erebor.
Probable date of the birth of Eradan son of Mardil, later Ruling Steward of Gondor.
2000400The Nazgûl emerge from Mordor and assault Minas Ithil.
c.2000400Approximate date of the slaying of Scatha the Worm by Fram of the Éothéod.
2002402Capture of Minas Ithil by the Nazgûl. It is renamed Minas Morgul, and Minas Anor is also renamed Minas Tirth, the Tower of Guard.
2004404Birth of Galador son of Imrazôr, later to become the first Lord of Dol Amroth.
2012412Probable date of the birth of Arahael son of Aranarth, later Chieftain of the Dúnedain.
2029429Death of Vorondil the Hunter. He is succeeded as Steward to Eärnil II by his son Mardil.
2035435Birth of Thorin, son and heir of King Thráin I of Erebor.
2037437Probable date of the birth of Herion son of Eradan, later Ruling Steward of Gondor.
2043443Death of Eärnil II. He is succeeded as King of Gondor by his son Eärnur.
2050450Eärnur, the last King of Gondor, is lost. The Stewards now rule in the King's name.

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