Years of the Lamps

(In many cases, an exact date is not available. In those instances, the events have been placed in their proper order within the timeline, and the date left unknown.)

The Tale of Years

The Years of the Lamps

1. After many ages completing labours in the halls of Eä, including Varda’s crafting of the stars, the Valar descended into Arda at the time of its origin.

First War: Melkor assaults his brethren and disrupts the ordered symmetry they seek to build within Arda.

1500. Tulkas arrives, the last of the Valar to descend into Arda: Melkor runs from him and hides in the halls of Eä.

The Valar began their labours anew and ordered the lands and seas to their liking.

1900. The Two Lamps, Illuin and Ormal, are set upon pillars to provide light for Arda.

Ordering of Arda by the Valar. They form the isle of Almaren to dwell upon.

Spring of Arda: first forests grow, and non-humanoid animals are awakened.

Melkor’s spies and secret friends, chief among them a great craftsman of the folk of Aulë, later named Sauron, inform him that the Valar are weary from their labours.

3400. Wedding of Tulkas and Nessa. Melkor returns in secret with followers from Eä and begins building Utumno.

Melkor begins to corrupt the lands and living things of Arda, turning them into sickly or monstrous shapes.

The Valar become aware of Melkor’s return and begin seeking his stronghold.

3450. Destruction of the Two Lamps and the isle of Almaren by Melkor and his followers; Spring of Arda ends.

Melkor retreats to Utumno while the Valar save what they can from the cataclysm.

The Valar establish a new home in Aman and raise the Pelóri to defend it.

3500. Yavanna makes the Trees of the Valar. Beginning of the Years of the Trees

Years of the Lamps

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