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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.

You can have the Chronicle look up events for specific dates by entering one or two years in the form below. If you enter two dates, the Chronicle will display events that happened between those two years. If you leave one of the dates blank, the Chronicle will display events in the century around the single year you specify.

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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One hundred years around III 2004
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 • 5,984 years after the Return of the Noldor
 • 2,076 years after the Downfall of Númenor
 • 964 years before the War of the Ring

The Third Age

1960360Likely date of birth of Mardil son of Vorondil, later to become the first Ruling Steward of Gondor.
1964364Death of Araphant. He is succeeded by his son Arvedui.
1974374Arvedui, last of the Kings of Arthedain, is drowned in the Icebay of Forochel.
The forces of Angmar capture Fornost; the remnant of the North-kingdom is destroyed.
1975375Eärnur of Gondor brings a fleet to the north. Too late to save the North-kingdom, he avenges its loss at the Battle of Fornost. Angmar is destroyed.
1976376The Chieftainship of the Dúnedain is established by Aranarth son of Arvedui.
1977377A band of Northmen are led by Frumgar to settle in the far northern Vales of Anduin, where they found the Éothéod.
1979379Bucca of the Marish is the made the first of the Shire-thains.
1980380The Dwarves of Moria unleash Durin's Bane. King Durin VI is slain by it.
c.1980380Return of the Nazgûl to Mordor.
1981381Náin I is slain. The last remaining Dwarves flee from Durin's Bane in Khazad-dûm.
Loss of Amroth.
1982382Loss of Nimrodel.
1998398Death of Pelendur. He is succeeded as Steward to Eärnil II by his son Vorondil.
1999399After years of wandering, the exiles of Khazad-dûm found Erebor.
Probable date of the birth of Eradan son of Mardil, later Ruling Steward of Gondor.
2000400The Nazgûl emerge from Mordor and assault Minas Ithil.
c.2000400Approximate date of the slaying of Scatha the Worm by Fram of the Éothéod.
2002402Capture of Minas Ithil by the Nazgûl. It is renamed Minas Morgul, and Minas Anor is also renamed Minas Tirth, the Tower of Guard.
2004404Birth of Galador son of Imrazôr, later to become the first Lord of Dol Amroth.
2012412Probable date of the birth of Arahael son of Aranarth, later Chieftain of the Dúnedain.
2029429Death of Vorondil the Hunter. He is succeeded as Steward to Eärnil II by his son Mardil.
2035435Birth of Thorin, son and heir of King Thráin I of Erebor.
2037437Probable date of the birth of Herion son of Eradan, later Ruling Steward of Gondor.
2043443Death of Eärnil II. He is succeeded as King of Gondor by his son Eärnur.
2050450Eärnur, the last King of Gondor, is lost. The Stewards now rule in the King's name.

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