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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

II 543 to II 942
(a period of 399 years)

 • 1,132 years after the Return of the Noldor
 • 2,377 years before the Downfall of Númenor
 • 5,517 years before the War of the Ring

The Lifetime of Meneldur

The Second Age

543Birth of Meneldur, son of Tar-Elendil of Númenor and later to succeed as King Tar-Meneldur.
590Tar-Amandil surrenders the Sceptre of Númenor. He is succeeded by his son, who becomes King Tar-Elendil.
600Vëantur becomes the first Númenórean to make the journey back to Middle-earth.
601Vëantur makes his return to Númenor from Middle-earth.
630Birth of Valandil, later to become the first Lord of Andúnië.
700Birth of Írildë, daughter of Cemendur of Hyarastorni.
Birth of Anardil, later to become King Tar-Aldarion of Númenor.
c.700From about this time the Drúedain of Númenor begin to migrate back to Middle-earth.
725Vëantur takes Aldarion on his first sea voyage, from Númenor to Middle-earth aboard Númerrámar.
c.730Second voyage of Aldarion to Middle-earth.
740Tar-Elendil surrenders the Sceptre of Númenor. He is succeeded by his son, who becomes King Tar-Meneldur.
750Foundation of the Guild of Venturers by Aldarion.
Foundation of Eregion.
751Death of Tar-Elendil of Númenor.
771Birth of Erendis.
850Aldarion sails Eämbar around Númenor to celebrate the centenary of its making.
858Aldarion and Erendis become betrothed, and King Tar-Meneldur marks the occasion with the gift of a White House in Emerië.
870Wedding of Aldarion and Erendis.
873Birth of Ancalimë, daughter of Aldarion and Erendis, later Queen of Númenor.
877Spring Aldarion's flagship Hirilondë is launched.
882Aldarion returns to Númenor after a five-year voyage aboard the Hirilondë; he becomes estranged from his wife Erendis.
883Tar-Meneldur surrenders the Sceptre of Númenor. He is succeeded by his son, who becomes King Tar-Aldarion.
Tar-Aldarion, newly crowned King of Númenor, sets out for Middle-earth aboard his great ship Hirilondë.
900Death of Caliondo.
942Death of Tar-Meneldur of Númenor.

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