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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 545
I 495 to II 5

 • 494 years after the Return of the Noldor
 • 3,314 years before the Downfall of Númenor
 • 6,454 years before the War of the Ring


The First Age

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.
500Birth of Dior's twin sons Eluréd and Elurín.
c.500Death of Larnach.
501Húrin encounters Morwen at the Stone of the Hapless, where he witnesses her death.
Húrin goes to the ruin of Nargothrond, where he slays Mîm and recovers the Nauglamír.
502Húrin recovers the Nauglamír from Nargothrond and carries it to Doriath, where it is reforged to hold a Silmaril.
Wedding of Tuor and Idril in Gondolin.
Likely date of the death of Húrin Thalion.
Death of Thingol and departure of Melian. The Dwarves of Nogrod ransack Menegroth.
503Birth of Eärendil in Gondolin.
Deaths of Beren and Lúthien.
Journey of Dior to Doriath.
508The survivors of Morgoth's attacks on Beleriand begin to gather at the Mouths of Sirion.
509Maeglin is captured by agents of Morgoth, and betrays the location of Gondolin.
Assault by the Sons of Fëanor on Menegroth. Dior, Celegorm, Curufin and Caranthir are all slain; Elwing flees to the Mouths of Sirion with the Silmaril.
510Glorfindel slays a Balrog in the Encircling Mountains, and is himself slain.
Fall of Gondolin and death of Turgon.
511Arrival of Tuor and Idril at the Mouths of Sirion, with their son Eärendil.
525Wedding of Eärendil and Elwing
Tuor and Idril sail into the West in the ship Eärrámë. Their son Eärendil becomes Lord of the Havens of Sirion.
532Birth of Elrond and Elros.
534Eärendil sets out on the first of his great ocean voyages.
538The Sons of Fëanor attack the refuge at the Mouths of Sirion. Elwing escapes in the form of a bird, bringing a Silmaril to Eärendil at sea, and together they sail for the West.
540The survivors of the destruction of the Havens of Sirion take refuge on the Isle of Balar.
542Eärendil lands on the shores of Aman, and appeals to the Valar on behalf of Elves and Men.
545The landing of the host of the Valar in Beleriand. The War of Wrath begins.
587Maedhros and Maglor attempt to steal the remaining Silmarils, but are burned by them. Maedhros leaps to his death in despair.
The War of Wrath comes to an end with the capture of Morgoth.
590Morgoth is banished from the World.

The Second Age

1Foundation of the Elven-kingdoms in the west of Middle-earth, Mithlond and Lindon.

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