Third Age Timeline
|2||Isildur commits the rule of the South Kingdom of Gondor to his nephew Meneldil son of Anárion. He plants a seedling of the White Tree in the city of Minas Anor. The Disaster of the Gladden Fields occurs and Isildur and his three oldest sons are killed. The One Ring is lost in the Anduin.|
|3||Ohtar, survivor of the Disaster of the Gladden Fields, gathers the fragments of Narsil and takes them to Imladris.|
|4||The Shards of Narsil come to Valandil son of Isildur, but Elrond foretells that the blade will not be reforged until the Ring is found again and Sauron returns to Middle-earth.|
|10||Valandil son of Isildur becomes King of Arnor.|
|109||Elrond son of Eärendil, and Celebrían daughter of Celeborn are wed.|
|130||Elladan and Elrohir, sons of Elrond and Celebrían are born.|
|241||Arwen Undómiel, daughter of Elrond and Celebrían is born.|
|420||Ostoher, 7th King of Gondor, rebuilds Minas Anor to make it a summer dwelling for Gondor’s royalty.|
|490||First Easterling invasion of Gondor.|
|500||Rómendacil I, 8th King of Gondor, defeats the Easterlings.|
|541||Rómendacil I killed in battle with an Easterling.|
|830||The line of Ship-Kings begins in Gondor with Falastur.|
|861||Eärendur, High King of Arnor, dies and due to dissension among his sons, Arnor is divided into three realms – Arthedain, Cardolan, and Rhudaur. This division, and the subsequent strife between the three lands, hastens the waning of the Dúnedain.|
|933||Eärnil I of Gondor takes Umbar and it becomes a fortress of Gondor.|
|936||Eärnil I is lost at sea.|
|1015||Ciryandil dies in the Siege of Umbar.|
Hyarmendacil, son of Ciryandil, conquers the Harad.
Gondor reaches the height of its power.
A shadow falls on Greenwood, and Men start calling the forest Mirkwood.
The Periannath are mentioned for the first time in the documents when the Harfoots arrive in Eriador.
|1100||The Wise (Istari and Eldar) find out that an evil power is becoming stronger at Dol Guldur. They initially think it is one of the Nazgûl.|
|1149||Hyarmendacil dies and is succeeded by his son Atanatar Alcarin.|
|c. 1150||The Fallohides migrate to Eriador. The Stoors move to The Angle or to Dunland after coming over the Redhorn Pass.|
|c.1300||Evil things begin to be seen more frequently. The number of Orcs in the Misty Mountains increases and they start attacking the Dwarves. The Nazgûl reappear and the chief of these ventures north into the realm of Angmar. The Periannath move westward, with many settling in Bree.|
|1356||Argeleb I is slain in battle with his kin of Rhudaur. The Stoors leave The Angle and many return to Wilderland.|
The Witch-king invades Arnor. Arveleg 1 is slain.
Fornost and Tyrn Gorthad are defended. The tower of Amun Sûl destroyed.
|1432||Valacar of Gondor dies and the civil war of the Kin-strife begins.|
Osgiliath burns and the Palantir is lost.
Eldacar flees to Rhovanion and his son Ornendil is murdered.
Eldacar returns and drives out Castamir.
Battle of the Crossings of Erui.
Siege of Pelargir.
|1448||Rebels escape and seize Umbar.|
|1540||Aldamir dies in the war against the Haradrim and the Corsairs of Umbar.|
|1551||Hyarmendacil II, son of Aldamir, defeats the Men of Harad.|
Many Periannath leave Bree, and Argeleb II of Arthedain gives them lands further over the Baranduin.
Foundation of the Shire.
|c. 1630||The Stoors, who came from Dunland, join the Periannath in the Shire.|
|1634||The Corsairs devastate Pelargir and kill Minardil, son of Hyarmendacil II.|
The Great Plague devastates the people of Gondor and is responsible for the deaths of Telemnar and all his children.
The White Tree perishes in Minas Anor.
The plague spreads north and west and leaves much of Eriador desolate.
Beyond the Baranduin the Periannath suffer great losses, but survive.
|1640||Tarondor moves the King’s House from Osgiliath to Minas Anor. There he plants a seedling of the White Tree. Osgiliath begins to fall into ruin and Mordor is left unguarded.|
|1810||Telumehtar Umbardacil reclaims Umbar and drives out the Corsairs.|
|1851||The Wainriders begin their attacks on Gondor.|
|1856||Gondor loses its eastern territories and Narmacil II is slain in battle.|
|1899||Calimehtar, son of Narmacil II, defeats the Wainriders in Dagorlad.|
|1900||Calimehtar erects the White Tower in Minas Anor.|
The Realms of Gondor and Arnor restore their communications and agree on an alliance.
Arvedui, son of Araphant of the North Kingdom, gets married to Fíriel, daughter of Ondoher of Gondor.
|1999||Thráin I goes to Erebor and founds a dwarf-kingdom ‘under the Mountain’.|
|2000||The Nazgûl emerge from Mordor and besiege Minas Ithil (Tower of the Moon).|
Minas Ithil is captured by the Nazgûl and is renamed Minas Morgul (Tower of Black Sorcery).
The Nazgûl take possession of the Palantír.
|2043||Death of Eärnil II. He is succeeded as King of Gondor by his son Eärnur. The Witch-king of Angmar challenges Eärnur.|
Eärnur accepts the Witch-king’s challenge and rides to Minas Morgul, where he was lost. Eärnur was the last King of Gondor until Aragorn II.
After Eärnur the Realm of Gondor is ruled by the Stewards, the first one being Mardil Voronwë.
|2060||The dark power of Dol Guldur grows and the Wise begin to fear that it may indeed be Sauron taking shape again.|
Gandalf goes to Dol Guldur but Sauron flees and hides in the East.
The Nazgûl remain quiet in Minas Morgul.
The Watchful Peace begins.
|2210||Thorin I leaves Erebor and joins the remnants of Durin’s Folk in the North near the Grey Mountains.|
Isumbras I becomes the thirteenth Thain of the Shire, and the first of the Took line.
The Oldbucks occupy the lands of Buckland.
The Watchful Peace ends.
reinhabits Dol Guldur with increased strength.
The White Council is established.
Déagol comes upon the One Ring and is murdered by Sméagol.
|2470||Sméagol hides into the Misty Mountains and there he begins to develop his Gollum personality.|
|2475||The attack against Gondor restarts. Osgiliath is razed to the ground and the bridge of stone is destroyed.|
The Orcs build secrets fortresses in the Misty Mountains to cut off all the passes to Eriador.
Sauron fills Moria with his creatures.
|2509||Celebrían, Arwen‘s mother, is attacked by orcs in the Redhorn Pass, while she was travelling to Lórien.|
Celebrían departs into the West.
Easterlings and Orcs run rampant over the lands of Calenardhon.
Eorl the Young comes to the aid of the Gondorians at the Battle of the Fields of Celebrant.
Cirion Steward of Gondor grants to the Rohirrim the lands of Calenardhon. The land becomes known as the Riddermark or Rohan by the Men of Gondor.
|2540||Eorl the Young dies in battle in the Wold.|
|2569||Brego son of Eorl the Young finishes the building of the Golden Hall of Meduseld in Edoras.|
The Forbidden Door to the Paths of the Dead is passed by Baldor son of Brego of Rohan. He is lost.
Dragons begin to reappear in the far North and bring suffering to the Dwarves.
|2589||Dáin I is killed by a Dragon.|
Thrór goes back to
|c. 2670||Tobold Hornblower plants the Shire’s first ‘pipeweed’ in the Southfarthing.|
|2683||Isengrim II becomes the tenth Thain of the Shire. He begins the tunneling of the Great Smials.|
|2698||Ecthelion I rebuilds the White Tower in Minas Tirith.|
|2740||Orcs renew their attacks on Eriador.|
|2747||Bandobras Took defeats a band of Orcs in the Northfarthing.|
Rohan is overrun by attacks from the east and west.
Gondor is attacked by the Corsairs.
King Helm of Rohan flees to the fortress which is afterwards called Helm’s Deep.
Wulf, a man of Dunlendish descent, seizes Edoras.
The Long Winter plagues the lands of Eriador and Rohan leading to much loss of life.
Gandalf comes to the aid of the Shire-folk.
King Helm of Rohan perishes during the Long Winter.
Helm’s nephew Fréaláf becomes the first king of the second line of the Mark. He drives Wulf, and his men out of Edoras.
Saruman receives the keys of Orthanc and begins to live there as a friend of the Rohirrim and the men of Gondor.
|2770||Smaug the Dragon comes down to Erebor and destroys Dale. Thrór manages to escape with Thráin II and Thorin II.|
Thrór is killed by an Orc in Moria. The Dwarves gather together and prepare for a war of vengeance.
Gerontius, later known as the Old Took, is born.
|2793||The War between Dwarves and Orcs begins.|
Battle of Nanduhuririon before the East-gate of Moria
Dain Ironfoot returns to the Iron Hills. Thráin II and Thorin his son wander westwards. They settle in the
South of Ered Luin beyond the Shire.
Orcs from the North trouble Rohan.
King Walda is slain on the mountain paths while riding from Dunharrow.
|2841||Thráin II sets out to visit Erebor but is chased by servants of Sauron.|
|2845||Thráin the Dwarf is captured in Dol Guldur; he is robbed of the last of the Seven Rings.|
Gandalf comes into Dol Guldur again, and there he finds out Sauron is the tower’s master. He realises that Sauron is gathering all the Rings and seeking news about the One Ring and the Heir of Isildur.
Gandalf comes across Thráin and receives the key of Erebor.
Thráin dies in Dol Guldur.
The White Council is gathered. Gandalf presses for attacking Dol Guldur, but Saruman’s opinion prevails.
Saruman starts looking for the Ring near the Gladden Fields.
|2852||Belecthor II of Gondor, son of Steward Beregond, dies. At the same time, the White Tree dies without finding any of its shoots. The Dead Tree was left standing.|
The Haradrim cross the River Poros and attack Gondor.
The twin sons of Folcwine of Rohan, Folcred and Fastred, die serving Gondor.
|2890||Bilbo is born in the Shire.|
|2901||Most of the residents of Ithilien flee and leave it nearly deserted. The secret refuge of Henneth Annûn is built.|
|2907||Gilraen mother of Aragorn is born.|
|2911||The Fell Winter occurs. White Wolves invade the lands of Eriador from the North. The Brandywine and other rivers are frozen.|
|2912||Great floods follow the Fell Winter. Enedwaith (the lands between the realms of Arnor and Gondor) and Minhiriath (southern regions of Eriador between the Baranduin and the Greyflood) are devastated. The city of Tharbad lays in ruin and is deserted.|
|2920||The Old Took (Gerontius) dies.|
|2929||Arathorn II son of Arador of the Dúnedain is wedded to Gilraen.|
Arador son of Argonui is killed by Trolls.
Denethor II son of Ecthelion II is born in Minas Tirith.
|2931||Aragorn son of Arathorn is born on March 1st.|
|2933||Arathorn is killed by orcs. Gilraen takes Aragorn to Imladris. Elrond welcomes him like his own son and calls him Estel. Estel’s origin is concealed.|
|2939||Saruman finds out that Sauron‘s servants are searching the river Anduin near the Gladden Fields, meaning Sauron noticed the end of Isildur. He gets worried, but he doesn’t tell the Council.|
Thorin Oakenshield and Gandalf visit Bilbo in the Shire and they all journey to Erebor.
Bilbo comes across Sméagol and finds the Ring.
The White Council is gathered. Saruman accepts to attack Dol Guldur, because now he wants to stop Sauron searching the River.
Sauron leaves Dol Guldur.
Thorin II dies in the Battle of Five Armies in Dale.
Bard of Esgaroth kills Smaug. Dáin of the Iron Hills becomes King under the Mountain.
Bilbo goes back to the Shire with the Ring.
Sauron returns to Mordor secretly.
Bard rebuilds Dale and becomes King.
Gollum leaves the Misty Mountains and looks for the “thief” of the Ring.
|2948||Théoden, son of Thengel, King of Rohan, is born.|
|2949||Gandalf and Balin visit Bilbo’s home in the Shire.|
|2950||Finduilas, daughter of Adrahil of Dol Amroth, is born.|
Sauron gathers power in Mordor and at last declares himself openly. The rebuilding of Barad-dûr is begun.
Gollum reaches Mirkwood but suddenly turns aside and heads toward Mordor.
Sauron sends three of the Nazgûl back to Dol Guldur.
When Estel is just 20 years old, Elrond reveals to him his true ancestry and name. Aragorn receives the shards of Narsil.
Arwen returns from time spent in Lórien and meets Aragorn in the woods of Imladris. Aragorn heads out into the Wild.
The final meeting of the White Council occurs and they hold debate concerning the Rings of Power. Saruman lies and says that he has discovered that the One Ring has passed down Anduin to the Sea. Saruman then withdraws to Isengard, which he now claims as his own, and begins to strengthen it against possible attacks. Saruman becomes jealous and afraid of Gandalf so he sets spies to watch his movements, taking special note of his interest in the Shire. Saruman begins to keep agents in both
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