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The Age of the Valar

Below are two timelines. The first displays the history of the  Age of the Valar and of the Pillars of Light and ends with the creation of the Two Trees.
The second is a timeline of the Valinorean Years, the Years of the Two Trees, the First Count of Time. It ends with Coming of the Sun and Moon, the New count of Time, and the Age of the Two Trees and of the Stars is over.


Each year of the Valar, and likewise of the Two Trees, is about nine to ten Years of the Sun and Moon which came afterwards. Therefore ten Years of the Valar equals, roughly, ninety to a hundred Years of the Sun.


The Age of the Valar & The Age of the Lamps (approx.)

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1
Ilúvatar creates Eä and Arda.
The Ainur enter the World.

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500
War between Melkor and Manwë.

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1500
Tulkas the Strong comes to Arda.
Melkor flees.

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1900
Aulë makes the Two Lamps, Illuin and Ormal; they are set upon mighty pillars, in the North and South of Middle-earth.

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1900-3400
The Spring of Arda.
The Valar make the Isle of Almaren.
Melkor gathers evil spirits from the vastness of Eä to his service.

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3400
Tulkas marries Nessa, Orome's sister.
Melkor returns in secret to the North of Middle-earth.
Building of Utumno begins.

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3450
Melkor attacks: the Ice melts and Illuin and Ormal are destroyed.
The symmetry of the Earth and Water is broken.
The Valar retreat to Aman, Melkor dwells in Utumno.

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3500
Making of the Two Trees
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The Age of the Two Trees (in Valinor) & The Age of the Stars (in Middle-Earth)


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1
The Valar create the Two Trees of Light, Telperion the Elder and Laurelin the Younger.

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c.500
Aulë makes the Dwarves.

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c. 1000
Varda begins kindling New Greater stars.

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1050
Varda finishes the star-making by kindling the Sickle of the Gods.
The Elves awake in Cuiviénen. They are harassed by Melkor.

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1085
Oromë discovers the Elves.
The first breeding of Orcs by Melkor.

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1092 - 1099
The Battle of the Powers, the downfall of Utumno, and the Chaining of Melkor.

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1100
Melkor is doomed to spend three ages (300 Valinorean Years, 3000 Years of the Sun) chained in the Halls of Mandos.

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1101
The Valar decide to summon the elves to Valinor.

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1102
Ingwë, Finwë, and Elwë are brought to Valinor.

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1104
The Three Ambassadors return and convince the elves to follow them to Valinor.

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1105
The Great Journey begins. The Avari, the Unwilling, are sundered from the Eldar.

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c. 1110
Awakening of the Dwarves.

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1115
The Eldar reach Anduin the Great and the Hithaeglir (Misty Mountains).
The Nandor forsake the march.

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1125
Awakening of the Ents.
The Vanyar and Noldor reach Beleriand.

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1128
The Teleri come into Beleriand.

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1130
Thingol (Elwë) meets Melian in Nan-Elmoth.

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1132
The Sundering of the Elves. The Vanyar and Noldor are brought West.

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1133 - 1140
The Vanyar and Noldor arrive in Aman and build Tirion upon Túna and the Tower of Ingwë.
The Vanyar begin to depart for Valmar.

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1142
Yavanna gives unto the Noldor the White Tree Galathilion, image of Telperion.

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1149
Ulmo returns to Middle-earth to bring the Teleri to Aman, but Ossë persuades some to remain.
They stay on the coast of West Beleriand (Falas) and shall become the first mariners, having Círdan as Lord.

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1150 - 1151
The Teleri are brought West and are stuck on Tol Eressëa.

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1152
Thingol awakes from the trance.

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1161
Ossë teaches the Teleri the art of shipbuilding.
The Teleri come to Valinor.
The Noontide of Valinor begins.

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1162
Olwë and the Noldor begins building Aqualondë.

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1165
The last Vanyar depart from Tirion.

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1179
Birth of Fëanor. His mother, Míriel, departs to the Halls of Mandos.
About this time the House of Finwë discovers earth-gems, and devises tools for their cutting and shaping.
Rúmil devises letters.

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1189
Finwë takes Indis, Ingwë's sister, as second wife.

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1190
Birth of Fingolfin.

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1200
Birth of Lúthien.

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1229
Fëanor marries Nerdanel.

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1230
Birth of Finarfin.
Birth of Maedhros.

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1240
Fingolfin weds Anairë.

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1245
Birth of Fingon.

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1250
Fëanor improves Rúmil's letters and creates the Tengwar script.
The descendants of Aulë's Dwarves come to the Ered Luin mountains and found Nogrod and Belegost.

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1280
Finarfin weds Eärwen daughter of Olwë.

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1300
Birth of Turgon.
Birth of Finrod.
The Runes of Daeron are designed.
Dwarves and elves build Menegroth of the Thousand Caves.

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1320
Wolves, Orcs, and other evil creatures roam in Beleriand. Menegroth is fortified against them.

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1330
The first of the orcs are encountered in Beleriand.

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1350
Denethor and the Nandor come to Beleriand and settle in Ossiriand.

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1362
Birth of Galadriel.

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c. 1400
Durin founds Khazad-dûm.

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1400
Melkor is unchained.

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1410
Manwë gives Melkor freedom within Valinor.
Melkor feigns love for the Eldar, and many Noldor hearken to him and take delight in his teachings.
He begins to whisper lies to precipitate disputes between Fëanor and Fingolfin.

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1449
Fëanor begins the construction of the Silmarils.

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1450
The Three Silmarils of Fëanor are full-wrought, each enclosing the Lights of the Two Trees.
Fëanor and Fingolfin quarrel.

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1450 - 1490
Melkor raises dissension among the sons of Finwë.
Fëanor makes a secret forge and tempers swords for himself and his Sons.
The rest of the Noldor divide their allegiances and forge weapons.

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1490
Fëanor, deceived by Melkor, threatens Fingolfin, and is banished from Tirion for 12 years.
Finwë, Fëanor and his sons leave Tirion and build Formenos secretly in the North.
Fingolfin stays in his father’s stead.
Melkor is sought by the Valar but cannot be found.

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1492
Melkor comes to Fëanor at Formenos and subsequently departs Valinor.
Melkor circles back to southern Aman and seeks the aid of Ungoliant.
Melkor can no longer assume other shapes and is bound in the form of the Tyrant of Utumno.

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1495
Darkening of Valinor and end of the Noontide:
Melkor and Ungoliant poison the Two Trees.
Melkor kills Finwë and steals the Silmarils.
Fëanor names Melkor 'Morgoth Bauglir', the Black Foe.
The Long Night begins:
Melkor and Ungoliant flee across the Helcaraxë and quarrel at Lammoth.
The Cry of Morgoth, and the flight of Ungoliant from the Balrogs.
Morgoth rebuilds Angband.
The revolt of the Noldor:
The Noldor leave Tirion.
The Battle of Aqualondë and the First Kinslaying.

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1496
The utterance of the Prophecy of the North and the Doom of the Noldor.
Finarfin returns to Tirion, and is there set to rule the remnant of the Noldor in Aman.

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1497
Melkor invades Beleriand; the first battle of the Wars of Beleriand.
Denethor is slain by orcs.
The Girdle of Melian is raised. 
Fëanor sails to Middle-earth and burns the ships of the Teleri at Losgar.

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1497 - 1500
The Valar prepare the Moon and the Sun from the last Silver Flower of Telperion and the Golden Fruit of Laurelin.

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1498
Dagor-nuin-Giliath: Fëanor is slain and Maedhros captured.
Fingolfin marches over the Helcaraxe.

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1500
Fingolfin enters Middle-earth and unfurls his banners.
The Moon Rises.
End of the Long Night.
Beginning of the Second Spring of Arda.
The Moon crosses the sky seven times before the rising of the Sun and the End of the Ages of the Trees and of the Stars.