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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.

Encyclopedia of Arda Timeline
Years of the TreesFirst AgeSecond AgeThird AgeFourth Age and Beyond
One hundred years around II 471

 • 1,010 years after the Return of the Noldor
 • 2,798 years before the Downfall of Númenor
 • 5,938 years before the War of the Ring


The Second Age

442Death of Elros Tar-Minyatur. He is succeeded as King of Númenor by his son Vardamir, who immediately abdicates in favour of his own son Tar-Amandil.
443Vardamir Nólimon was officially held to have ruled Númenor in this year, though in fact he had passed the Sceptre directly to his son Tar-Amandil.
471Death of Vardamir Nólimon, accounted the second King of Númenor.
c.500After a long period of secrecy following the War of Wrath, Sauron begins his resurgence in Middle-earth.
512Birth of Caliondo, son of Eärendur of the House of Elros.
521Birth of Silmariën, daughter and eldest child of King Tar-Elendil of Númenor.

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