Timeline of Arda
This article includes several
timelines relating to J. R. R. Tolkien's fiction.
With Respect to Real Events
Tolkien has often mentioned that after the
War of the Ring the ages went on and now we are likely in the beginning of the Seventh Age, a bridge that connects this fantasy to reality. This following section is a list of events related to this entire mythology.
"Sixth and Seventh Ages"
Before the creation of the
Sun few dates can be given, and those dates given are in Valinorean Years, which are about a century in length.
Before the creation of Eä
Creation of Arda
Many Ainur enter Arda and become the Valar and Maiar; shaping of Arda begins; creation of the elder stars by Varda
First War: Melkor assaults his brethren; Arda's symmetry is marred
Tulkas arrives, the last of the Valar to descend into Arda: Melkor runs from him and hides in the Outer Void .
— endured five Ages
— endured six Ages
The Valar retire to Aman, while Melkor rules Middle-earth; Valinor founded; Trees of the Valar are created
Aulë the Smith creates the Dwarves but is not allowed to awaken them; Yavanna thinks of the Ents in response
c. 20000: Varda begins gathering light from the Trees of the Valar for the Great Stars
Melian the Maia and others of her kind depart for Middle-earth, Melian dwells in Nan Elmoth in Beleriand
Varda creates the Great Stars, setting the Sickle of the Valar in the north as a challenge to Melkor
Eru awakes the Elves as the Great Stars are created
Fathers of the Dwarves and first Ents awakened by Eru; Elves discover the Ents and begin teaching them language
Melkor discovers and begins capturing Elves in secret
Melkor begins breeding the Orcs from captured Elves, and the Trolls; Khazad-dûm founded by Durin the Deathless
Oromë first learns of the Elves, he spends time with them, and then returns to Valinor
The Valar make war on Melkor; Melkor is captured, chained, and is sentenced to serve a term in the Halls of Mandos for three Ages; Utumno is destroyed; Sauron escapes capture and remains in Angband, breeding Orcs and Trolls for Melkor
Oromë brings three ambassadors of the Elves to Aman: Ingwë of the Vanyar, Finwë of the Ñoldor and Elwë of the Teleri
Great Journey of the Elves: The Elves are summoned to Aman (not all answer the summon—see Sundering of the Elves)
A group of Teleri under Lenwë (or Dan) abandon the March at Anduin and become the Nandor
The Vanyar and Ñoldor arrive in Beleriand. The Teleri arrive later, tarrying in the great forests of Eriador. Elwë meets Melian and is entranced. Ulmo is unwilling to wait until Elwë is found, and the Vanyar and Ñoldor are ferried across on the island of Tol Eressëa, while the Teleri stay behind, looking for their lord. The Vanyar and Ñoldor settle in Tirion near Valimar
Ulmo finally returns for the Teleri, but many stay behind because Elwë is not yet found, and become the Sindar. Another group remains behind at the request of Ossë, they become the Elves of the Falas under Círdan. The majority of the Teleri is ferried across on Tol Eressëa, which is anchored in the bay of Eldamar. They take Elwë's brother Olwë as lord
Finwë marries Míriel. Later she gives birth to Fëanor and dies. Elwë awakes from slumber and reunites with the Sindar. He becomes known as Thingol, settling in Doriath; Nogrod and Belegost founded by Dwarves
Finwë marries Indis; Findis born
The Teleri of Tol Eressëa learn the art of shipbuilding, and ferry across the bay of Eldamar to Aman, where they found the city of Alqualondë. Tol Eressëa is abandoned
The Vanyar abandon Tirion and settle in Aman proper. The Ñoldor remain in Tirion under Finwë their lord
The Elves of the Falas join with the Sindar in an alliance
Dwarves of Nogrod and Belegost enter Beleriand, establishing trade
The Nandor under Denethor arrive in Beleriand, becoming known as the Laiquendi of Ossiriand
Galadriel and Aredhel born
Melkor, freed from his sentence, begins corrupting some of the Ñoldor.
Fëanor, deceived by Melkor, draws arms against his brothers and is banished from Tirion: his father Finwë and many of the Ñoldor follow him in exile to Formenos. Melkor hides from capture and joins forces with Ungoliant
Manwë tries to heal the feud of the Ñoldor, and summons Fëanor to a festival in Valimar. Melkor and Ungoliant destroy the Two Trees, kill Finwë and steal the Silmarils; Fëanor first names Melkor Morgoth. Fëanor and his sons swear an Oath to regain the Silmarils and the majority of the Ñoldor depart from Valinor; Ñoldor kill many Teleri and seize their ships in the First Kinslaying
Prophecy of Mandos: the Ñoldor are banished from Valinor, and foretold great doom; the Valar hide Valinor behind the Magic Isles and raise the Pelóri mountains
Morgoth returns to Angband, and tries to take Beleriand: First Battle of Beleriand is fought; Denethor of the Laiquendi slain and the Havens of the Falas are besieged
The Ñoldor arrive at Helcaraxë; Fëanor and sons betray the sons of Indis and sail across, then burn the ships
Return of the Ñoldor to Middle-earth. Morgoth's army attacks Fëanor. Dagor-nuin-Giliath, the Battle under Stars is fought. Fëanor is slain by Balrogs in sight of Angband
The Valar begin devising the Moon and Sun
The remainder of the Ñoldor arrives in Middle-earth; Moon arises
From this time on years are of normal length. Events from
Valinor during the Years of the Sun cannot be accurately dated.
— 583 years long
Year 1 - The Sun first sets sail, Awakening of Men in Hildórien.
50 - Turgon and Finrod are told by Ulmo to establish a refuge
65 - Finrod builds the tower of Barad Nimras ("White Horn Tower") on a cape of the Falas between Brithombar and Eglarest
75 - Dagor Aglareb: the Ñoldor, ruled by Fingolfin, start the Siege of Angband
c. 100 - Foundation of Nargothrond: Fingon's folk depart from Hithlum
126 - Completion of Gondolin. Turgon's people begin the migration from Nevrast in secret
265 - Glaurung ravages Beleriand, but is driven back to Angband.
305 - Bëor leads The First House of the Edain into Beleriand: Men discovered by Finrod
341 - Haldar and Haleth born
345 - Return of Aredhel and Maeglin to Gondolin. Later that year Eöl and Aredhel die.
389 - Birth of Hador, later Lord of Dor-lómin
443 - Birth of Beren Erchamion
445 - Birth of Rodnor son of Orodreth, later called Gil-galad
455 - Morgoth breaks the Siege of Angband in Dagor Bragollach, Battle of Sudden Flame; kills Fingolfin in duel; Húrin and Huor are brought to Gondolin by Thorondor
456 - Húrin and Huor return out of Gondolin to Dor-lómin.
457 - Capture of Finrod's fortress of Minas Tirith by the forces of Sauron, its warden Orodreth flees for Nargothrond. Minas Tirith is renamed Tol-in-Gaurhoth, Isle of the Werewolves
461 - Barahir and companions are killed, Beren becomes an outlaw
462 - Beren departs for Doriath
463 - Birth of Túrin Turambar in Dor-lómin. Beren first comes upon Lúthien.
465 - Celegorm and Curufin are exiled from Nargothrond and journey to Himring
468 - Finrod and Beren are imprisoned in Tol-in-Gaurhoth. Finrod is slain by a werewolf, but Beren is rescued by Lúthien.
469 - Beren and Lúthien achieve the Quest of the Silmaril. Beren dies, and Lúthien abandons life: Lúthien pleads with Mandos and Beren and Lúthien are restored to life; Beren and Lúthien take up bodies again in Ossiriand on the isle of Tol Galen
471 - Nirnaeth Arnoediad, The Battle of Unnumbered Tears; Huor is slain in the Fens of Serech, Húrin is captured by Morgoth. Birth of Tuor son of Huor. Fingon slain
472 - Siege and capture of the Havens of the Falas: Brithombar and Eglarest.
c. 473 - Birth of Nienor and death of Rían.
475 - Birth of Dior Eluchíl on Tol Galen
494 - Gurthang is reforged for Túrin, who becomes known as the Black Sword of Nargothrond
495 - Sack of Nargothrond. The coming of Tuor to Gondolin
497 - Dior weds Nimloth.
498 - Slaying of Glaurung, and deaths of Túrin Turambar and Nienor Níniel in Brethil
499 - Thingol is slain and Doriath sacked by Dwarves of Belegost; Beren, Laiquendi and Ents destroy the Dwarves; Melian returns to Valinor in grief; Lúthien wears the Silmaril; Dior refounds Doriath
500 - Birth of Elwing daughter of Dior.
c. 501 - Death of Morwen
c. 502 - Final deaths of Beren and Lúthien; Dior receives the Silmaril; death of Húrin
505 - Doriath is destroyed in the Second Kinslaying; Dior, Nimloth, and sons killed; Celegorm, Curufin and Caranthir are all slain; Elwing escapes for the Mouths of Sirion with the Silmaril
510 - Death of Turgon
511 - Gondolin is betrayed by Maeglin and sacked; Glorfindel slays a Balrog in the Echoriath, and is himself slain
525 - Elrond and Elros are born to Eärendil and Elwing
560 - Tuor and Idril sail into the West in the ship Eärrámë
c. 580 - Third Kinslaying: while Eärendil is away the remaining Sons of Fëanor attack the people of the Mouths of Sirion trying to claim the Silmaril; Amrod is slain; Elwing casts herself in the sea but is brought to Eärendil by Ulmo; Eärendil sets out to Valinor to beg for rescue by the Valar
583 - The War of Wrath; Morgoth is cast into the Void; Most of Beleriand is sunk; the Sea of Helcar is drained through the Great Gulf; the plateaus of Mordor, Khand, and Rhûn rise from the former seabed; the remaining two Silmarils are stolen by Maedhros and Maglor but are lost in the earth and in the sea; the Elves are summoned to Valinor and settle on Tol Eressëa; Galadriel refuses the summons and is still banned; a small part of the Ñoldor remain in Lindon; many Sindar depart east and establish realms, under them Thranduil
— 3441 years long
1 - Foundation of Mithlond the Grey Havens under Círdan, and Lindon as the Ñoldorin Kingdom under Gil-galad
32 - Edain reach Númenor, Elros is crowned first King of Númenor
c. 40 - Many Dwarves abandon the ruined cities of Belegost and Nogrod in the Ered Luin and join Durin's folk in Moria
61 - Birth of Vardamir Nólimon, eldest child of Elros. Subsequently three more children are born.
192 - Birth of Tar-Amandil
222 - Birth of Nolondil
350 - Birth of Tar-Elendil
361 - Birth of Eärendur
442 - Elros, also known as Tar-Minyatur, dies. Vardamir Nólimon succeeds the throne but abdicate immediately. Tar-Amandil becomes third king of Númenor.
c. 500 - Sauron arises again in Middle-earth
521 - Silmariën is born in Númenor 1, line of lords of Andúnië splits off the line of Kings
532 - Isilmë, sister of Silmarien, born
543 - Meneldur, brother of Silmarien, born
590 - Tar-Elendil becomes fourth king of Númenor.
600 - First Númenórean ships sail to Middle-earth.
700 - Anardil born
740 - Tar-Meneldur becomes fifth king of Númenor.
750 - the Ñoldor found the realm of Eregion near Moria
870 - Anardil weds Erendis.
873 - Ancalimë born
882 - Anardil and Erendis separate
883 - Tar-Aldarion becomes sixth king of Númenor.
985 - Death of Erendis, apparently by drowning.
c. 1050 - The shadow of Sauron falls upon Greenwood the Great, which is renamed Mirkwood. Sauron begins building Barad-dûr
1075 - Tar-Ancalimë becomes the first Queen and seventh ruler of Númenór.
c. 1200 - Sauron deceives the Ñoldor in Eregion, but Gil-galad mistrusts him; the Númenóreans begin building permanent havens in Middle-earth at Lond Daer, Umbar, and other places
1280 - Tar-Anárion becomes seventh king of Númenor.
c. 1350 - Celeborn and Galadriel together with their daughter Celebrían emigrate from Eregion to Lórien; Celebrimbor becomes lord of Eregion
1394 - Tar-Súrion becomes eighth king of Númenor.
c. 1500 - the Ñoldor under Celebrimbor are instructed by Sauron, beginning of the forging of the Rings of Power
1566 - Tar-Telperiën becomes the second Queen and tenth ruler of Númenor.
c. 1600 - Forging of the One Ring; Barad-dûr completed; Celebrimbor begins fighting Sauron
1693 - War of the Elves and Sauron begins, the Three Rings are hidden
1695 - Elrond sent to Eregion as lieutenant of Gil-galad
1697 - Eregion destroyed, Elrond establishes the refuge of Rivendell, Celebrimbor dies
1699 - Rivendell and Lindon besieged
1700 - Minastir sends a great navy to Lindon; Sauron defeated; Sauron's forces retreat from Eriador and the coasts
1731 - Tar-Minastir becomes eleventh king of Númenor.
c. 1800 - Númenor begins establishing permanent settlements in Middle-earth
1869 - Tar-Ciryatan becomes twelveth king of Númenor.
2029 - Tar-Atanamir the Great becomes thirteenth king of Númenor but is hostile to the Valar. The Elendili or "Faithful" still receive the Elves in secret.
2221 - Tar-Ancalimon becomes fourteenth king of Númenor 2.
2251 - The Ringwraiths first appear.
2280 - Umbar is fortified by the Númenóreans
2350 - Pelargir is built by the Elendili
2386 - Tar-Telemmaitë becomes fifteenth king of Númenor.
2526 - Tar-Vanimeldë becomes third Queen and sixteenth ruler of Númenor.
2637 - Herucalmo seizes the throne and rule as Tar-Anducal, but he's not counted in the list of kings.
2657 - Tar-Alcarin becomes seventeenth king of Númenor.
2737 - Tar-Calmacil becomes eighteenth king of Númenor.
2899 - Ar-Adûnakhôr becomes twentieth king of Númenor and the first to take his royal name in Adûnaic, the language of Men, instead of Quenya, the high language of the Elves
c. 2900 - Teaching of Elvish languages prohibited in Númenor.
2962 - Ar-Zimrathôn becomes twenty-first king of Númenor.
3033 - Ar-Sakalthôr becomes twenty-second king of Númenor.
3102 - Ar-Gimilzôr becomes twenty-third king of Númenor.
c. 3110 - Usage of Elvish languages and visit of the Elves prohibited in Númenor.
3119 - Birth of Elendil
3209 - Birth of Isildur
3219 - Birth of Anárion
3177 - Tar-Palantir repents, resulting in a civil war in Númenor
3255 - Ar-Pharazôn the Golden weds his first cousin Míriel, the daughter of Tar-Palantir, and seizes the throne of Númenor
3261 - Ar-Pharazôn sails to Middle-earth landing at Umbar, and takes Sauron captive
3262 - Sauron is taken as prisoner to Númenor, but begins corrupting the Númenóreans
c. 3300 - Sauron establishes himself as High Priest of Melkor, "Lord of the Dark"; Elendili are openly persecuted and sacrificed to Morgoth
3318 - Birth of Meneldil, fourth child of Anárion and last man born in Númenor
3319 - Ar-Pharazôn sets foot on Aman; the World is Changed: Aman and Tol Eressëa are removed from Arda, Númenor is drowned, and the world is made round; Elendil and his sons arrive on the shores of Middle-earth
3320 - Founding of Gondor and Arnor by Elendil and his sons, Isildur and Anárion; Umbar as realm in exile founded by Black Númenóreans
3429 - Sauron conquers Minas Ithil and burns the White Tree; Isildur flees to Arnor while Anárion defends Osgiliath
3430 - The Last Alliance of Elves and Men is formed
3434 - Sauron's forces are defeated in the Battle of Dagorlad; Siege of Barad-dûr begins
3440 - Anárion is slain
3441 - Elendil and Gil-galad perish in battle; Isildur slays Sauron by taking the shards of his father's sword Narsil and cutting the One Ring from Sauron's finger, destroying Sauron's physical form and winning the war. In the aftermath of the War many Elves of Gil-galad's following depart to Valinor: end of the Ñoldorin realms in Middle-earth.
— 3021 years long
Note on Shire Reckoning: Year 1601 of the
Third Age, in which the Shire was founded, is year 1 of the Shire Reckoning. Thus, Third Age years can be converted into their Shire equivalents by deducting 1600.
Year 2 - Planting of the Second White Tree at Minas Tirith, Death of Isildur by Orcs in the Battle of the Gladden Fields, losing the One Ring in the Gladden river
109 - Elrond weds Celebrían, daughter of Celeborn and Galadriel
130 - Elrohir and Elladan are born to Elrond and Celebrían
241 - Arwen Undómiel is born to Elrond and Celebrían
492 - Easterlings invade Gondor
541 - Easterlings invade Gondor once more, slaying King Rómendacil
c. 550 - King Turambar of Gondor defeats the Easterlings of Rhûn; the Kingdom of Rhovanion becomes and ally of Gondor
861 - Following Eärendur's death, the kingdom of Arnor breaks up into Arthedain, Cardolan and Rhudaur
933 - Eärnil I of Gondor takes Umbar in a surprise attack
936 - Eärnil I lost at sea
1000 - The Wizards come to Middle-earth
1015 - Hyarmendacil I ascends throne of Gondor
1015 - Black Númenóreans of Umbar besiege their old city
1030 - Siege of Umbar ends, Umbar retaken by Black Númenóreans.
1050 - Hyarmendacil I, king of Gondor, conquers Umbar, Hobbits migrate to Eriador.
1149 - Death of Hyarmendacil I, Atanatar takes the sceptre of Gondor
c. 1200 - Rulers of Rhovanion assume the title "King of Rhovanion"
1248 - Rómendacil II of Gondor strucks decisive blow to the Easterlings; forms a strong alliance with Rhovanion, to which he cedes all the lands east of Anduin
1255 - Eldacar born
c. 1259 - Castamir born 3
1300 - The kingdom of Angmar first appears at Arthedain's north-eastern border
1344 - Death of Vidumavi
1356 - King Argeleb I of Arthedain is killed during an invasion by Rhudaur, now controlled by Angmar; his son, Arveleg I, ascends the throne
1366 - Valacar ascends the throne of Gondor
1409 - Cardolan is conquered by the kingdom of Angmar and Rhudaur disappears; Weathertop watchtower and fortifications are burned and destroyed
1432 - Eldacar succeeds his father, Valacar, as king of Gondor
1437 - Castamir the Usurper, Lord of Ships, usurps throne of Gondor (see Kin-strife); Osgiliath's Palantír is lost in the river
1447 - Eldacar reclaims Gondor with a Rhovanion army and kills Castamir
1448 - Sons of Castamir the Usurper and most of the fleet of Gondor flee south to Umbar; become known as the Corsairs of Umbar
1540 - King Aldamir of Gondor is slain by Haradrim
1600 - Two Fallohide (see Hobbit) brothers decided to cross the River Baranduin and settle on the other side, and are followed by large numbers of Hobbits
1601 - The Shire is first settled by Hobbits
1634 - Corsairs of Umbar attack Gondor, slaying king Minardil at Pelargir, and raiding the city
1636 - The Great Plague decimates Gondor and Rhovanion; Cirith Ungol is abandoned
1810 - King Telumehtar of Gondor destroys Umbar; renames himself Umbardacil
1851 - Wainriders overrun the Kingdom of Rhovanion
1856 - The Wainriders first attack Gondor
1899 - Gondor attacks Wainriders from the east; the Kingdom of Rhovanion, occupied by Wainriders, rebels and is freed
1936 - Ondoher succeeds Calimehtar as king of Gondor
1944 - During an invasion by the Wainriders and the Haradrim, King Ondoher of Gondor is killed in battle without heirs and is succeeded by Eärnil II; Haradrim, Wainriders and the Variags of Khand take Umbar; new Corsairs of Umbar emerge
1964 - Arvedui, son of King Araphant of Arthedain, ascends the throne
1974 - The kingdom of Arthedain is conquered by Angmar
1975 - Gondor destroys Angmar in the Battle of Fornost, death of Arvedui
1980 - The Moria Dwarves awaken Durin's Bane, a Balrog, which kills Durin VI, king of Khazad-dûm; the Nazgûl return to Mordor and lay siege to Minas Ithil
1981 - Durin VI's son, Náin, is also killed, and the Dwarves flee Moria; deaths of Amroth and Nimrodel
1999 - Erebor is founded
2050 - End of the royal dynasty of Gondor (until the return of King Elessar)
2430 - approximate birth year of Sméagol
2460 - Sauron returns to Middle-earth; establishes himself in Dol Guldur in southern Mirkwood
2463 - Sméagol (later known as Gollum) becomes the fourth master of the One Ring, after killing his cousin Déagol
2501 - 2510 Eorl the Young, lord of the Éothéod and 1st king of Rohan (2510-2545).
2509 - Cirion, Steward of Gondor, sends summons to the Éothéod for military aid; Celebrían is waylaid by Orcs, receives a poisoned wound, and consequentially departs Middle-earth
2510 - The alliance between Rohan and Gondor comes into existence. The Easterlings lauche a massive invasion of Gondor. The invade Balchoth Rhovanion (which disappears as an independent realm) and Gondor, conquering much of Calenardhon, but are driven back by the people of Éothéod; Gondor gives the now-uninhabited province of Calenardhon to the people of Éothéod
2545 - Eorl the Young, 1st king of Rohan, dies in the battle in the Wold against the Easterlings. Brego succeeds him as the 2nd king of Rohan
2570 - Aldor, aged only 26, becomes 3rd king of Rohan at the death of his father Brego
2645 - Fréa becomes 4th king of Rohan after the death of his father Aldor ('the Old')
2659 - Fréawine, 5th King of Rohan
2680 - Goldwine, 6th King of Rohan
2699 - Déor, 7th king of Rohan
2718 - Gram, 8th king of Rohan
2741 - Helm Hammerhand 9th king of Rohan ascends the throne as last king of the first line
2746 - Amrothos, 15th Prince of Dol Amroth, falls while defending Dol-en-Ernil against the Corsairs of Umbar
2758 - Dunlendings, under Wulf, invade Rohan, supported by the Corsairs of Umbar
Long Winter of 2758-2759 - The Dunlendings lay siege to Hornburg
2759 - Helm Hammerhand, king of Rohan, is killed by the Dunlendings. He is succeeded by his nephew Fréaláf Hildeson; Saruman settles in Isengard
2798 - Fréaláf Hildeson, 10th king of Rohan, dies. He is followed by his son Brytta Léofa
2799 - The Battle of Azanulbizar is fought on Moria's East Gate, in which the Dwarves defeat Sauron's minions but are defeated by the Balrog Durin's Bane
2842 - Brytta Léofa, 11th king of Rohan, dies. Succeeded by his son Walda.
2850 - Gandalf enters Dol Guldur and confirms that the evil thereby found is indeed Sauron returned
2851 - Walda, 12th king of Rohan, is killed by an orc, his son Folca succeeds him
2864 - Folca, 13th king of Rohan, is killed by the Boar of Everholt . He is succeeded by his son Folcwine
2885 - Harondor is once again claimed by the Haradrim, supported by the Corsairs of Umbar
- Fastred and Folcred , the twin sons of king Folcwine, were killed during the Battle of Crossings of Poros
- Fengel, 15th king of Rohan, dies. His son Thengel returns to Rohan to succeed him
2956 - Aragorn first meets Gandalf the Grey
2957-2980 - Aragorn as Thorongil serves in the armies of King Thengel of Rohan, and Steward Ecthelion II of Gondor
September 22, 2968 - Frodo Baggins is born
2980 - Arwen pledges her hand in marriage to Aragorn; Frodo Baggins loses both of his parents in a boating accident; Aragorn, in the service of the Steward of Gondor Ecthelion II leads a taskforce south and kills the Captain of the Haven, ruler of Umbar; Sam Gamgee born 4; Théoden, son of Thengel, becomes 17th king of Rohan after the death of his father. Théoden is the last king of the second line.
2982 - Birth of Meriadoc Brandybuck (Merry)
2983 - Birth of Faramir
2989 - Frodo Baggins comes under the guardianship of Bilbo Baggins; a company of Dwarves, led by Balin, try to recolonize Moria
2990 - Birth of Peregrin Took (Pippin)
2991 - Birth of Éomer
2994 - Balin is killed; the dwarf-colony in Moria is destroyed
2995 - Birth of Éowyn
3001 - Bilbo Baggins turns 111 and leaves the Shire
3002 - Lalia Clayhanger, the matriarch of the Took clan, dies, aged 119, and possibly pushed by Pearl Took 5; Bilbo settles in Rivendell
3009 - Aragorn captures Gollum at Gandalf's request, and brings him as a captive to King Thranduil's halls in Mirkwood
3014 - Saruman begins using his influence to weaken Théoden, 17th king of Rohan
3018 - The Ringwraiths are given the task of retrieving the One Ring; Gandalf returns to the Shire, telling Frodo Baggins he must take the ring away
September 30, 3018 - Aragorn meets Frodo Baggins in the Inn of the Prancing Pony in Bree
October 25, 3018 - Council of Elrond at Rivendell
December 25, 3018 - The Fellowship of the Ring sets out in the evening
January 15, 3019 - The Fellowship parts after Gandalf falls into Khazad-dûm while fighting a Balrog
February 3019 - Death of Boromir; Saruman launches a full-scale invasion on Rohan at Helm's Deep
March 3019 - Théoden King of Rohan is killed at the Battle of the Pelennor Fields, Éomer becomes his successor as the 18th king of Rohan. Eowyn and Merry kill the Witch King
March 25, 3019 - death of Gollum (Sméagol), about 589 years old; the destruction of the One Ring and final defeat of the Dark Lord Sauron.
May 3019 - Aragorn is crowned King Elessar of the Reunited Kingdom of Arnor and Gondor; Gandalf helps Aragorn to find the sapling of the new White Tree
(Date unspecified) - Faramir marries Eowyn
Mid-year's Day (between June and July) 3019 - Aragorn marries Arwen Undómiel
July 3019 - King Théoden is laid to rest beside other Kings of Rohan in Edoras
November 19, 3019 - Battle of Bywater; death of Saruman and Wormtongue
Spring 3020 - Samwise Gamgee marries Rosie Cotton and together they move to Bag End
3021 - Éomer marries Imrahil's daughter, Lothíriel of Dol Amroth
September 22, 3021 - Bilbo marks his 131st birthday, surpassing the Old Took
September 29, 3021 - Elrond, Galadriel, Gandalf, Frodo and Bilbo depart from the Grey Havens
— length uncertain
In the reckoning of Gondor, the Fourth Age began on March 25, T.A. 3021. Since most of the following events were dated according to the
Shire-reckoning, their years in the Fourth Age cannot be stated with certainty. Some events may have occurred in the following year of the Fourth Age.
6 - Peregrin Took marries Diamond of Long Cleeve
(Date Uncertain) - Birth of Aelfwin son of Eomer and Lothiriel
(Date Uncertain) - Birth of Elboron son of Faramir and Eowyn
13 - Peregrin Took becomes 32nd Thain of the Shire
43 - Birth of Eldarion son of Aragorn and Arwen
61 - Samwise Gamgee leaves Middle-earth via Mithlond
63 - Meriadoc Brandybuck, aged 102, and Pippin leave the Shire to live in Gondor; death of Éomer, aged 93
67 - Death of Elphir son of Imrahil, 23rd Prince of Dol Amroth
82 - Death of Faramir, aged 120
120 - Death of Aragorn, King of the Reunited Kingdom of Arnor and Gondor, after 210 years of life and 122 years of reign; Aragorn's son Eldarion ascends the throne. According to legend, on the death of Aragorn, Legolas builds a ship and sails into the west to the Undying Lands, taking Gimli (now a very old Dwarf) with him
121 - Death of Arwen, aged 2901
172 - A copy of the Red Book of Westmarch is made
Battles of Beleriand.
End of the World
Other Timelines of Interest
1Silmariën was definitely the eldest child of Tar-Elendil, and her birthdate is given several times as S.A. 521. In the Tale of Years, the entry of Silmariën's birthdate is given as 548, a date that goes back to the first drafts of that text (see Silmariën's article for details).
2In the Tale of years, it says in S.A. 2251 "Tar-Atanamir takes the sceptre", however, Atanamir died in 2221. 2221 is itself an emendation of 2251, and the former (2221) appears in the later tables, while the latter (2251) in the earlier tables: therefore 2251 (properly 2221) should have read "Death of Tar-Atanamir. Tar-Ancalimon takes the sceptre."
3In one table (probably an earlier draft) of the Kings of Gondor, Castamir's birthdate is given at T.A. 1159, however this is clearly impossible: Eldacar was born in 1255, and they are in the same generation, so 1259 is more correct.
4The date of Sam's birth in the genealogies is S.R. 1380 (equivelant to T.A. 2980), however the Tale of Years gives it as T.A. 2983, which is incorrect; in S.R. 1476, Sam is said to have been ninety-six years old, so 2980 is more correct than 2983.
5 Lalia (b. S.R. 1283) only appears in . Pearl is the older sister of The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien Pippin. See Took clan.
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