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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

I 473 to I 499
(a period of 26 years)

 • 472 years after the Return of the Noldor
 • 3,410 years before the Downfall of Númenor
 • 6,550 years before the War of the Ring

The Lifetime of Niënor Níniel

The First Age

473Niënor is born in Dor-lómin; meanwhile, her elder brother Túrin arrives in Doriath.
Siege and capture of the Havens of Brithombar and Eglarest, and the destruction of the tower of Barad Nimras.
481Túrin becomes a marchwarden of Doriath.
484Túrin causes the death of Saeros, and exiles himself from Doriath.
487Túrin slays Forweg and becomes captain of the Gaurwaith; he and his companions encounter Mîm, and settle in Amon Rûdh.
488Tuor is captured and enslaved by Lorgan.
489Escape of Gwindor from Angband; he later meets Beleg in Taur-nu-Fuin.
The Gaurwaith of Bar-en-Danwedh are assaulted by Orcs. Túrin is captured by Orcs and carried off. He is rescued by Beleg and Gwindor, but mistakenly slays Beleg.
490Túrin is healed at Eithel Ivrin, and Gwindor leads him to Nargothrond.
c.490Approximate date of the reforging of Anglachel into Gurthang.
491Tuor escapes from Lorgan, and lives as an outlaw in the Caves of Androth.
494Morwen and Niënor flee from Dor-lómin to Doriath.
495Handir falls in battle, and is succeeded as Lord of Brethil by his son Brandir.
Tuor escapes through the Cirith Ninniach and meets Voronwë at Vinyamar; together they travel to Gondolin.
Autumn The Battle of Tumhalad and Sack of Nargothrond.
Autumn The Fell Winter begins.
496Morwen and Niënor ride with Mablung to Nargothrond, where Niënor falls under the Dragon-spell of Glaurung. She later comes to Brethil and is healed by Brandir.
Túrin slays Brodda in Dor-lómin, and then travels on, settling eventually in Brethil.
Spring The Fell Winter draws to a close.
498Brethil is assaulted by Orcs, and Túrin reluctantly takes up his black sword Gurthang to combat them, unwittingly revealing himself to Morgoth.
Túrin weds Níniel in Brethil.
499Release of Húrin from Angband.
Slaying of Glaurung, and deaths of Túrin Turambar and Nienor Níniel and Brandir in Brethil.

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