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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 60 to I 455
(a period of 395 years)

 • 59 years after the Return of the Noldor
 • 3,454 years before the Downfall of Númenor
 • 6,594 years before the War of the Ring

The Siege of Angband

The First Age

60Dagor Aglareb. The Siege of Angband is set by the Princes of the Noldor.
64Turgon secretly begins the building of Gondolin.
65The Noldor aid in fortifying the Havens of the Falas, and Finrod raises the tower of Barad Nimras.
66Thingol and Melian discover the truth behind the Exile of the Noldor.
67Thingol bans the Quenya tongue from his realms. Sindarin begins to predominate in Middle-earth from this time.
102Completion of Nargothrond.
116Completion of Gondolin. Turgon's people begin the migration from Nevrast.
150The Noldor and the Dwarves first encounter each other among the Blue Mountains.
155An army of Orcs attempts to invade Hithlum from the Firth of Drengist. Fingon drives them into the Sea.
c.240Approximate date of the birth of Mîm the Petty-dwarf.
260Glaurung ravages Beleriand, but is driven back to Angband.
262Likely year of the birth of Balan (later called Bëor) in the lands east of the Blue Mountains.
282Probable date of birth of Marach, later to lead his people westward across the Blue Mountains.
307Probable date of birth of Malach son of Marach, later called Aradan.
310Men are discovered in the western foothills of the Blue Mountains by Finrod Felagund.
311Bëor enters the service of Finrod of Nargothrond.
c.313Marach crosses the Blue Mountains with the ancestors of the House of Hador.
316Aredhel sets out from Gondolin. Later in the year, she is lost in Nan Elmoth, and becomes Eöl's wife.
320The year of Maeglin's birth in Nan Elmoth.
332The twelve-year old Maeglin is formally named.
337Probable year of the birth of Amlach son of Imlach.
340Likely date of birth of Bereg, great-grandson of Bëor.
341Likely date of the birth of Haleth, daughter of Haldad.
c.350Approximate date of the birth of Boromir, later lord of Ladros.
355Bëor the Old dies at the age of ninety-three.
365Probable date of birth of Hathol son of Magor.
366Likely date of birth of Haldan son of Haldar, later Lord of Brethil.
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.

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