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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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One hundred years around II 3440

 • 3,979 years after the Return of the Noldor
 • 71 years after the Downfall of Númenor
 • 2,969 years before the War of the Ring


The Second Age

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.

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