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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

III 977 to III 1226
(a period of 249 years)

 • 5,007 years after the Return of the Noldor
 • 1,099 years after the Downfall of Númenor
 • 1,792 years before the War of the Ring

The Lifetime of Atanatar II Alcarin

The Third Age

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.

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