Middle Earth Time-line

THIRD AGE

3019

  • January 15 – Gandalf falls in Khazad-dûm while fighting a Balrog.
  • February 25 – The Fellowship pass the Argonath and camp at Parth Galen. First Battle of Fords of Isen; Théodred son of Théoden is slain.
  • February 26 – The breaking of the Fellowship; Boromir is killed.
  • February 29 – Merry and Pippin escape the orcs and meet Treebeard.
  • March 1 – Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli meet the resurrected Gandalf the White in Fangorn Forest while looking for Merry and Pippin, and they head off for Edoras. Frodo and Sam begin travelling through the Dead Marshes.
  • March 3 – Battle of the Hornburg.
  • March 5 – Rohan army reaches Isengard.
  • March 7 – Faramir takes Frodo and Sam to Henneth Annûn.
  • March 8 – Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli enter the Paths of the Dead.
  • March 9 – Gandalf and Pippin arrive in Minas Tirith.
  • March 10 – Frodo and Sam see the Morgul host led by the Witch-king leave Minas Morgul. An army from Morannon takes Cair Andros and marches in Anórien.
  • March 11 – First assault on Lórien by Dol Guldur.
  • March 12 – Gollum leads Frodo into Shelob’s lair.
  • March 13 – Frodo captured by Cirith Ungol orcs. Aragorn captures the Umbar fleet at Pelargir.
  • March 15 – Witch-king breaks the gate of Minas Tirith in the early hours. Denethor burns himself on a pyre. Confrontation between Gandalf and the Witch-king at the gate; Horns of the Rohirrim are heard at a cockcrow. Battle of the Pelennor Fields: Théoden King of Rohan is killed by the Witch-king; Éomer succeeds him as the eighteenth king of Rohan. Éowyn and Merry kill the Witch-king. Aragorn, Rangers, sons of Elrond and men from the southern fiefdoms of Gondor arrive in the black ships and turn the tide of battle. Sam and Frodo escape and journey along the Morgai. Battle under the trees in Mirkwood; second assault on Lórien.
  • March 16 – Debate of the Captains of the West.
  • March 17 – Battle of Dale. King Brand and Dáin Ironfoot fall in battle against invading Easterlings. Many Men and Dwarves take refuge in Erebor.
  • March 18 – Armies leave Minas Tirith. Frodo and Sam join the orc company.
  • March 25 – The Host is surrounded on the Slag-hills. Frodo and Sam reach the Sammath Naur. Gollum (Sméagol) seizes the One Ring and falls into the Cracks of Doom. Downfall of Barad-dûr and the passing of the Dark Lord Sauron.
  • May – Arwen Undómiel and her father Lord Elrond of Imladris arrive in Lórien, where they are welcomed at Caras Galadhon by the Lady Galadriel and Lord Celeborn, grandparents of Lady Arwen through her mother, the Lady Celebrían.
  • May – 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 Éowyn.
  • Mid-year’s Day (between June and July) – Aragorn marries Arwen Undómiel. Gandalf gives the sword Glamdring into the keeping of Aragorn to become an heirloom of House Telcontar.
  • July – King Théoden is laid to rest beside other Kings of Rohan in Edoras.
  • September 21 – Hobbits arrive in Rivendell.
  • September 22 – Saruman arrives in the Shire.
  • November 1 – The four hobbits arrested at Frogmorton.
  • November 3 – Battle of Bywater; death of Saruman and Wormtongue, final end to the War of the Ring.
    3020-21
  • May 1 3020 – Samwise Gamgee marries Rosie Cotton and together they move to Bag End on Bagshot Row
  • 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 for the Grey Havens
  • October 6 – Sam arrives back in Bag End
FOURTH AGE
  • 1 – Aragorn, King Elessar orders the rebuilding of Gondor’s royal navy, initiates a reconstruction and beautification project for Minas Tirith with aid from Gimli and Legolas’ folk. He also orders reconstruction and upgrades to begin on Annunimas, Fornost Erain, and Tharbad.
  • 1 – Glorfindel becomes the Lord and Master of Rivendell, and by his power the haven remains secure against all enemies.
  • 3 – Aragorn, King Elessar re-establishes the Kingdom of Arnor through an edict that later becomes better known as The Re-ordering of Eriador. The Dunedain of the North are given choice lands and titles, most reoccupying their former seats. Furthermore, Elessar promises to grant lesser lands and titles to Southern Dunedain families of fruitful progeny who are willing to relocate to the North. An immigration of minor Dunedain noble families begins.
  • 5 – Joined by King Eomer of Rohan and Prince Imrahil of Dol Amroth, King Elessar recaptures the cities of Ramlond and Mirlond from the rebels of Umbar. With his royal naval, Aragorn crushes the last resistance from the Council of Ships and makes Umbar the property of Gondor once more. He offers pardons and lands to repentant Black Dunedain families who are willing to re-settle and re-farm the barren lands of Arnor. Many Black Dunedain take ship to the north. The Black Dunedain who remain are subject to severe taxes and penalties.
  • 6 – Peregrin Took marries Diamond of Long Cleeve
  • (Date Uncertain) – Birth of Elfwine, son of Éomer and Lothiriel
  • (Date Uncertain) – Birth of Elboron, son of Faramir and Éowyn
  • (Date Uncertain) – Birth of Durin VII, descendant (perhaps son) of Thorin III Stonehelm
  • Death of Paladin Took II. Pippin Took becomes thirty-second Thain. Sam Gamgee reelected as Mayor. Aragorn, King Elessar, makes the Thain, the Master of Buckland, and the Mayor of Michel Delving Counsellors of the North-kingdom.
  • 10 – King Elessar makes a provision that will have legal authority for the remainder of his natural years—rewarding pureblood or near-pureblood Dunedain marriages with monetary rewards, and the birth of their firstborn with farm lands. The birth of Dunedain children increases rapidly.
  • 15 – Death of Glóin, father of Gimli.
  • 15 – King Elessar and Queen Arwen ride north to dwell at Annuminas which is still being rebuilt. Sam is given the Star of the Dunedain by Aragorn.
  • 21 – After many long campaigns, Elessar subdues Near Harad, and exacts upon the Eastern Kingdoms a yearly tribute in perpetuity.
  • 25 – The dwarves replace the gate of Minas Tirith with one made of Mithril. The streets of the city are paved with marble and many beautiful gardens are planted anew.
  • 26 – The Elendilmir is discovered in Orthanc by Gimli and is returned to the possession of King Elessar.
  • 30 – The work on Annuminas is complete, and all efforts are transferred to finishing the construction on the Fortress-city of Fornost Erain. Annuminas becomes a grand dwelling place of the Northern Dunedain nobility who share it to a lesser extent with their southern cousins. Resentment sparks as a consequence.
  • 31 – The Westmarch, from the Far Downs to the Tower Hills, is added to the Shire as a gift of Aragorn, King Elessar.
  • 34 – Death of Prince Imrahil. Imrahil’s son Elphir assumes the Principality.
  • 38 – Elessar causes a great library to be built at Annuminas, and calls for scholars from all of Middle Earth to gather and set their lore down in scrolls and books for future generations.
  • 41 – Birth of Holfast Gardner, son and heir of Frodo Gardner
  • 43 – Birth of Eldarion, son of Aragorn and Arwen, in Annuminas. It becomes tradition for all Royal Heirs to be born in Annuminas, if possible.
  • 45 – Fornost Erain is completely rebuilt, and becomes the main military fortress for the Northern Dunedain armies. An offer of citizenship for those who volunteer to serve in the King’s armies along with a guarantee of large farmland at the end of service draw thousands of men and women from the lawless North and Rhovanion.
  • 60 – Aragorn gives over the sword Glamdring to his son Eldarion after he satisfactorily reaches his majority and is named High Prince. Hereafter, it is tradition for the first-born High Prince to be given Glamdring upon reaching his majority, and to take up the sword Anduril when he in turn becomes High King. Glamdring becomes the symbol of princehood while Anduril becomes the symbol of kingship.
  • 60 – Eldarion is sent to be fostered at Rivendell under Glorfindel’s guidance. He often rides out with his uncles Elladan and Elrohir on their campaigns against the orcs of the misty mountains.
  • 60 – Tharbad is rebuilt, and many towns and villages spring up around the periphery of the fortress.
  • 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, whose son Elfwine ascends the throne of Rohan.
  • 67 – Death of Prince Elphir son of Imrahil, 23rd Prince of Dol Amroth. Elphir’s son Alphros assumes the Principality.
  • 70 – Elessar has the dwarves draw up plans to expand the Fortress-city of Tharbad into a capital and renames it Ara Athrad, announcing that it will be the central seat of power and governance over both Arnor and Gondor. Great effort and cost is spent on repairing the great numenorean roads leading to and from Ara Athrad.
  • 80 – Birth of Harding of the Hill, Sam Gamgee’s heir and great-grandson
  • 82 – Death of Faramir, aged 120. His son Elboron assumes the Principality.
  • 85 – Ara Athrad’s expansion is complete, and many innovations completed such as the unique damming system in place to control the flooding from the river and produce an artificial moat, as well as the mechanism that can raise or lower the Great Bridge at need. King Elessar transfers his court to this Capital, bringing with him the Palantir stone of Orthanc. The Anor stone remains in Minas Tirith.
  • 91 – Death of Dwalin, brother of Balin, aged 341.
  • 95 – Death of Prince Alphros of Dol Amroth, son of Elphir.
  • 105 – Malcontent arises from certain factions in Gondor over the perceived loss of influence and commerce in the transfer of power and authority from Minas Tirith to Ara Athrad. Conspiracies are formed.
  • 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. Aragorn is laid down to rest in Minas Tirith, where all future kings shall also be entombed.
  • 121 – Death of Arwen, aged 2901
  • 125 – Ara Athrad becomes the kingdom’s pre-eminent center of commerce and trade, receiving goods and services from the Blue Mountains, Dale, The Shire, Rohan, and the coastal havens. In addition, it oversees traffic and communication between Arnor and Gondor.
  • 140 – King Eldarion further unites Arnor and Gondor, putting them under the power and authority of a High Kingdom he names Annûndirath, or Land of the Western Lords. Arnor and Gondor are allowed to retain their autonomy from one another, but are henceforth considered ruling states subject to the overgovernance of Annûndirath. All descendants of the royal line subsequently take the prefix title of Annûndir. Eldarion is thus High King Annûndir-Eldarion-Telcontar.
  • 172 – A copy of the Red Book of Westmarch is made.
  • 185 – Death of Harding of the Hill, Sam Gamgee’s heir.

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