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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.

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Encyclopedia of Arda Timeline
Years of the TreesFirst AgeSecond AgeThird AgeFourth Age and Beyond
One hundred years around I 419
I 369 to I 469

 • 368 years after the Return of the Noldor
 • 3,440 years before the Downfall of Númenor
 • 6,580 years before the War of the Ring


The First Age

375Haldad and his son Haldar are slain by Orcs. Haldad's daughter Haleth becomes the leader of their People.
c.375Approximate date of the settlement of the People of Haleth in the Forest of Brethil.
376Likely date of the death of Marach.
389Birth of Hador, later Lord of Dor-lómin.
390Likely date of birth of Halmir son of Haldan, later Lord of Brethil.
398Probable date of the death of Malach Aradan, at the age of ninety-one.
400Return of Aredhel and Maeglin to Gondolin.
Deaths of Aredhel and Eöl the Dark Elf.
402An army of Orcs attempts to break through the Pass of Aglon, but is repulsed.
Likely date of the birth of Barahir son of Bregor.
414Probable date of birth of Haldir of the Haladin.
415Probable date of the birth of Glóredhel, daughter of Hador Lórindol.
419Probable date of birth of Gundor, son of Hador Lórindol.
c.419Approximate date of the granting of Dor-lómin to Hador Lórindol.
420Likely date of the death of Haleth, leader of the Haladin. She is succeeded by Haldan, the son of her brother Haldar.
Approximate date of the birth of Baragund, son of Bregolas.
c.420Very approximate date of the death of Boromir. He is succeeded as lord of Ladros by his son Bregor.
428Birth of Belegund, eldest son of Bregolas.
c.432Approximate date for the birth of Beren Erchamion.
c.435Approximate date of the birth of Sador Labadal.
439Birth of Húrin Thalion, later Lord of Dor-lómin.
441Probable date of birth of Handir of the Haladin.
443Probable date of the birth of Morwen Eledhwen.
c.445Birth of Ereinion, later called Gil-galad.
450Probable date of the birth of Rían daughter of Belegund.
c.450Birth of Larnach.
451Probable year of the death of Haldan. His son Halmir succeeds as Lord of Brethil.
455Deaths of Angrod and Aegnor in the Dagor Bragollach.
Celegorm and Curufin flee Himlad for Nargothrond.
Winter The breaking of the Siege of Angband and beginning of the Dagor Bragollach.
456Barahir and his companions begin their outlaw existence in Ladros.
Fingolfin challenges Morgoth to single combat, and is slain. Fingon becomes High King of the Noldor.
Spring The worst assaults of the Dagor Bragollach draw to a close.
457Capture of Minas Tirith by the forces of Sauron.
458A band of Orcs is attacked and defeated by the People of Haleth, with the aid of Beleg of Doriath.
Húrin and Huor are brought to Gondolin by Thorondor.
459Húrin and Huor return out of Gondolin to Dor-lómin.
460Autumn Gorlim betrays Barahir and his outlaw band. They are destroyed, leaving Beren as the sole survivor.
462Morgoth attempts an invasion of Hithlum, but is repulsed. Galdor son of Hador is slain defending Barad Eithel.
464Spring Marriage of Húrin and Morwen; Túrin is born later in the year.
Winter Beren abandons Dorthonion and travels to Doriath, where he first comes upon Lúthien.
465Likely date of the birth of Brandir son of Handir, later Lord of Brethil.
Beren sets out from Doriath on the Quest for the Silmaril.
Finrod and Beren are imprisoned in Tol-in-Gaurhoth. Finrod is slain by a werewolf, but Beren is rescued by Lúthien.
c.465Celegorm and Curufin are exiled from Nargothrond and journey to Himring.
466Birth of Lalaith, second child of Húrin and Morwen.
Beren and Lúthien recover a Silmaril from Morgoth's Iron Crown, but it is taken by Carcharoth.
The Hunting of the Wolf, and the recovery of the Silmaril. Beren is mortally wounded, and dies soon afterward.
467Spring Lúthien departs from the World, and her spirit travels to the Halls of Mandos. She later returns with Beren and they make their dwelling on the isle of Tol Galen.
468Formation of the Union of Maedhros.
469Death of Lalaith from a sickness at the age of three.

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