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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 750 to II 1697
(a period of 947 years)

 • 1,339 years after the Return of the Noldor
 • 1,622 years before the Downfall of Númenor
 • 4,762 years before the War of the Ring

The Time of Eregion

The Second Age

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.
985Death of Erendis, apparently by drowning.
c.1000Sauron settles in the land of Mordor and begins the building of Barad-dûr.
1003Birth of Anárion son of Ancalimë, later to rule Númenor as Tar-Anárion.
1075Tar-Aldarion surrenders the Sceptre of Númenor. He is succeeded by his daughter, who becomes the first Ruling Queen, Tar-Ancalimë.
1098Death of Tar-Aldarion of Númenor, 23 years after surrendering the Sceptre.
c.1200Sauron travels in person to Eregion, to teach the Jewel-smiths there in the form of Annatar, the so-called Lord of Gifts.
1280Tar-Anárion succeeds his mother Tar-Ancalimë to become King of Númenor.
1285Death of Tar-Ancalimë, former Queen of Númenor.
1320Birth of the eldest daughter of Tar-Súrion, later to rule as Queen Tar-Telperiën.
1394Tar-Anárion surrenders the Sceptre of Númenor. He is succeeded by his son, who becomes King Tar-Súrion.
1404Death of Tar-Anárion of Númenor.
1474Birth of Minastir son of Isilmo, later King Tar-Minastir of Númenor.
c.1500The first of the Rings of Power are made in Eregion.
c.1500About this time Sauron, in the guise of Annatar, departs from Eregion.
1556Tar-Súrion surrenders the Sceptre of Númenor. He is succeeded by his daughter, who becomes Queen Tar-Telperiën.
c.1590Completion of the Three Rings in Eregion.
c.1600The first building of Barad-dûr is completed.
c.1600Sauron forges the One Ring in Orodruin, and reveals his true purposes to the Elves.
1634Birth of Tar-Ciryatan son of Tar-Minastir, later King of Númenor.
1693War begins between the Elves and Sauron.
1695Sauron leads an invasion into Eriador.
Gil-galad requests aid from Númenor, and a great fleet is sent out.
Elrond is sent out by Gil-galad to aid in the defence of Eregion.
1697The foundation of Rivendell.
Eregion is destroyed by Sauron's forces, and Celebrimbor slain.

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