Third Age




The Tale of Years

The Third Age


2. Planting of the Second White Tree at Minas Tirith, Death of Isildur by Orcs in the Disaster 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.

490. 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 an 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.

c. 1000. The Istari, also called Wizards, come to Middle-earth. Their presence goes unnoticed by all but the Wise for many years.

1015. Hyarmendacil I ascends throne of Gondor. 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. The shadow of Sauron falls upon Greenwood the Great, which is renamed Mirkwood.

1149. Death of Hyarmendacil I, Atanatar II takes the sceptre of Gondor.

c. 1200. Rulers of Rhovanion assume the title “King of Rhovanion”.

1248. Rómendacil II of Gondor strikes 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.

1300. Nazgûl reappear in Middle-earth, the kingdom of Angmar first appears at Arthedain’s north-eastern border, built by the Witch-king, later revealed as Lord of the Nazgûl.

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 brothers, Marcho and Blanco are granted leave 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, beginning of the Shire Reckoning.

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. The Wainriders first attack Gondor.

1856. The Wainriders overrun eastern territories of Gondor; death of Narmacil II in battle.

1896. Birth of Fíriel, daughter of Ondoher.

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.

1940. The Village of Woolhollow is attacked in the night. Beginning of Campaign.

Third Age

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