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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

II 873 to II 1285
(a period of 412 years)

 • 1,462 years after the Return of the Noldor
 • 2,034 years before the Downfall of Númenor
 • 5,174 years before the War of the Ring

The Lifetime of Tar-AncalimŽ

The Second Age

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.

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