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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

III 861 to III 1409
(a period of 548 years)

 • 4,891 years after the Return of the Noldor
 • 983 years after the Downfall of Númenor
 • 1,609 years before the War of the Ring

The Duration of the Realm of Cardolan

The Third Age

861Death of King Eärendur of Arnor. Division of Arnor into Arthedain, Rhudaur and Cardolan.
895Likely date of birth of Mallor son of Beleg, later King of Arthedain.
899Probable date of birth of Ciryaher son of Ciryandil, later to rule Gondor as Hyarmendacil I.
913Death of Tarannon Falastur. Leaving no heir, he is succeeded as King of Gondor by his nephew Eärnil I.
933Umbar is captured by King Eärnil I of Gondor.
936Death of Eärnil I. He is succeeded as King of Gondor by his son Ciryandil.
946Death of Amlaith of Fornost, founder of Arthedain. He is succeeded by his son Beleg.
977Probable date of birth of Atanatar son of Ciryaher, later to rule as Atanatar II Alcarin of Gondor.
979Birth of Celepharn son of Mallor, later King of Arthedain.
c.1000Sauron begins to take a new form.
c.1000Arrival of the Istari in Middle-earth.
1015The Siege of Umbar begins.
Ciryandil is slain in battle with the Haradrim. He is succeeded as King of Gondor by his son, known to history as Hyarmendacil I.
1029Death of Beleg, King of Arthedain. He is succeeded by his son Mallor.
1049Probable date of the birth of Narmacil son of Atanatar II, later King Narmacil I of Gondor.
1050The Harfoots cross the Misty Mountains and settle in Eriador.
Gondor breaks the Siege of Umbar and defeats the amies of the Harad, thus reaching the height of its power.
A shadow falls on Greenwood the Great, and it begins to be called Mirkwood.
1058Probable date of the birth of Calmacil, later King of Gondor.
1062Probable date of the birth of Celebrindor, later King of Arthedain.
c.1100The first stirrings of Sauron are felt again in Middle-earth, though they are thought at this time to signal the return of a Nazgûl.
1110Death of Mallor, King of Arthedain. He is succeeded by his son Celepharn.
1126Probable date of the birth of Minalcar, later King Rómendacil II of Gondor.
1144Probable date of the birth of Malvegil, later King of Arthedain.
1149Death of Hyarmendacil I. He is succeeded as King of Gondor by his son Atanatar II.
c.1150The Hobbits of the Fallohide and Stoor strains wander west across the Misty Mountains.
1191Death of Celepharn. He is succeeded as King of Arthedain by his son Celebrindor.
1226Birth of Argeleb son of Malvegil, later King Argeleb I of Arthedain.
Death of King Atanatar II of Gondor. He is succeeded by his son, who becomes Narmacil I.
1240Minalcar (later King Rómendacil II) is made Regent of Gondor by his uncle Narmacil I.
1248Minalcar destroys the armies of the Easterlings, and takes the name Rómendacil
1250Regent Rómendacil sends his son Valacar as ambassador to Vidugavia
c.1250Likely date of the construction of the Argonath
1255Likely date of birth of Vinitharya son of Valacar, later to become King Eldacar of Gondor.
1272Death of Celebrindor. He is succeeded as King of Arthedain by his son Malvegil.
1294Death of King Narmacil I of Gondor. He is succeeded by his younger brother, Calmacil, though Calmacil's son Minalcar retains the Regency.
c.1300The Hobbits travel westwards. Some reach the Bree-land and settle there.
c.1300The Nazgûl reappear in Middle-earth. Angmar is founded in the far north.
1304Death of King Calmacil of Gondor. He is succeeded by his son and Regent, who becomes Rómendacil II.
1309Probable date of birth of Arveleg son of Argeleb I, later King Arveleg I of Arthedain.
1349Death of King Malvegil of Arthedain. He is succeeded by his son Argeleb I.
1356Argeleb I dies in battle with Rhudaur. He is succeeded by his son Arveleg I.
c.1356The Stoors of the Angle leave their homes and travel west and south away from the new realm of Angmar.
1366Death of King Rómendacil II of Gondor. He is succeeded by his son Valacar.
1391Likely date of birth of Vinyarion son of Aldamir, later to rule Gondor under the name of Hyarmendacil II.
Likely date of the birth of Araphor son of Arveleg I, later King of Arthedain.
1409Arveleg I is slain in an attack on Amon Sûl. He is succeeded by his son Araphor.
The Witch-king of Angmar invades the northern kingdoms.

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