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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.

You can have the Chronicle look up events for specific dates by entering one or two years in the form below. If you enter two dates, the Chronicle will display events that happened between those two years. If you leave one of the dates blank, the Chronicle will display events in the century around the single year you specify.

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Years of the TreesFirst AgeSecond AgeThird AgeFourth Age and Beyond
One hundred years around I 51
I 1 to I 101

 • Contemporary with the Return of the Noldor
 • 3,808 years before the Downfall of Númenor
 • 6,948 years before the War of the Ring


The First Age

1The crossing of the Helcaraxë by Fingolfin and his followers.
The first rising of the Moon, followed soon afterwards by the Sun.
Awakening of Men in Hildórien.
2Fingolfin withdraws from the gates of Angband and camps on the north shore of Lake Mithrim.
5Fingon rescues Maedhros from the heights of Thangorodrim, and so helps to heal the rift between the factions of the Noldor.
6Angrod son of Finarfin is received into Doriath by King Thingol.
7Holding council in Mithrim, the Noldor choose Fingolfin to be their High King.
20The Mereth Aderthad, the Feast of Reuniting, is held at the Pools of Ivrin.
50Journey of Turgon and Finrod.
51No events are recorded for the specific year you selected.
52Finrod and Galadriel travel as guests to Menegroth. Finrod is inspired by the Thousand Caves to create his own underground citadel of Nargothrond, but Galadriel remains in Doriath for some time.
53Guided by Ulmo, Turgon discovers the hidden valley of Tumladen, where he resolves to build a city.
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.

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