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The Third Age - Part One

This timeline begins with the death of Isildur and the passing of the One Ring and ends with Sauron's return to Dol Guldur and the ending of the Watchful Peace. The second part of the History of the Third Age is contained in Part Two, as also is the history of the War of the Ring.


The Annals Of The Middle-earth Part 1, The Third Age of the Sun 1 to 2462


2
Isildur passes the throne of Gondor to his nephew Meneldil, who becomes Third King of Gondor.
Isildur plants a seedling of the White Tree in Minas Arnor.
The Disaster of the Gladden Fields:
Isildur and his sons Elendur, Aratan, and Ciryon attacked and slain whilst marching to the North. The One Ring is lost into the Anduin.

3
Ohtar brings the shards of Narsil to Imladris.

10
Valandil, Third High King of Arnor.

109
Elrond marries Celebrían, daughter of Galadriel and Celeborn.

130
Birth of Elladan and Elrohir, twin sons of Elrond.

158
Cemendur, Fourth King of Gondor.

238
Eärendil, Fifth King of Gondor.

241
Birth of Arwen, daughter of Elrond.

249
Eldacar, Fourth High King of Arnor.

324
Anardil, Sixth King of Gondor.

339
Arantar, Fifth High King of Arnor.

411
Ostoher, Seventh King of Gondor.

420
Ostoher rebuils Minas Arnor.

435
Tarcil, Sixth High King of Arnor.

490
First attack on Gondor by the Easterlings.

492
Rómendacil I Tarostar, Eighth King of Gondor.

500
Rómendacil I defeats the Easterlings.

515
Tarondor, Seventh High King of Arnor.

541
Rómendacil I falls in battle with the Easterlings.
Turambar, Ninth King of Gondor.

602
Valandur, Eighth High King of Arnor.

652
Elendur, Ninth High King of Arnor.
Valandur is slain, in unrecorded circumstances.

667
Atanatar I, Tenth King of Gondor.

748
Siriondil, Eleventh King of Gondor.

777
Eärendur, Tenth High King of Arnor.

830
Tarannon Falastur, Twelfth King of Gondor. He was the first childless king and was succeeded by Eärnil, the son of his brother Tarciryan.

861
Amlaith, First King of Arthedain.
Division of Arnor:
With the death of Eärendur, owing to dissension among his sons, Arnor was divided into three smaller kingdoms: Arthedain, Cardolan, and Rhudaur. Amlaith, the eldest son of Eärendur, became the first king of Arthedain. Only the names of the kings of Arthedain are recorded.

913
Eärnil I, Thirteenth King of Gondor.

933
Eärnil I captures Umbar, which becomes a fortress of Gondor.

936
Eärnil I lost at sea.
Ciryandil, Fourteenth King of Gondor.

946
Beleg, Second King of Arthedain.

c. 1000
Around this time the Sauron first entered Mirkwood and the Istari came to Middle-earth from the West.

1015
Ciryandil slain in the seige of Umbar.
Hyarmendacil I Ciryaher, Fifteenth King of Gondor.

1029
Mallor, Third King of Arthedain.

1050
Hyarmendacil I conquers the Harad and lifts the seige of Umbar. Gondor reaches the height of its power.
The Harfoots (Periannath) enter Eriador.
About this time a shadow falls on Greenwood, and men begin to call it Mirkwood.

c. 1100
The Wise discover that an evil power has made stronghold at Dol Guldor, they think it one of the Nazgûl.

1110
Calepharn, Fourth King of Arthedain.

1149
Atanatar II Alcarin, Sixteenth King of Gondor.

c. 1150
The Fallohides (Periannath) enter Eriador.
The Stoors (Periannath) come over the Redhorn Pass and settle in the Angle and Dunland.

1191
Celebrindor, Fifth King of Arthedain.

1226
Narmacil I, Seventeenth King of Gondor. He was the second childless king and was succeded by his brother Calmacil.
To rid himself of all cares, Narmacil appointed his nephew Minalcar (son of Calmacil) to be Regent in TA 1240.

1248
Minalcar defeats the Easterlings and destroys their settlements east of the Sea of Rhûn.

1250
Minalcar sends his son, Valacar, as an ambassador to dwell with Vidugavia, King of Rhovanion. Valacar subsequently married Vidumavi, daughter of Vidugavia.

1272
Malvegil, Sixth King of Arthedain.
1294
Calmacil, Eighteenth King of Gondor.
Minalcar, his son, continued as Regent throughout his reign.

c. 1300
The Nazgûl reappear.
The Lord of the Nazgûl moves north to Angmar, becoming its Witch-King.
Orcs increase in the Misty Mountains and attack the Dwarves.
Many Periannath migrate westward and settle at Bree.

1304
Rómendacil II Minalcar, Nineteenth King of Gondor.

1349
Argeleb I, Seventh King of Arthedain.
Begining with Argeleb, the kings of Arthedain claimed dominion over all of Arnor and took names with the prefix Ar(a)- to symbolize such.

c. 1350
The Stoors flee the Angle, some recross the Misty Mountains and settle along the Gladden River.

1356
Argeleb I slain in battle with Rhudaur.
Arveleg I, Eigth King of Arthedain.

1366
Valacar, Twentieth King of Gondor.

1409
Araphor, Ninth King of Arthedain.
The Witch-king of Angmar invades Arnor, Arveleg I is slain. Cardolan and Rhudaur are overrun. The Tower of Amon Sûl is destroyed, but its palantír is saved and removed to Fornost.

1432
Eldacar, Twenty-first King of Gondor. He was born in Rhovanion, his birth name was Vinitharya.

1432-1448
The Kin-strife of Gondor:
The Kingship of Eldacar is rejected by many of the people of Gondor. He is considered a half-breed as his mother was not of the Dúnedain and he was born in Rhovanion. Civil war breaks out upon his coronation (1432). After five years, the rebels, led by Castamir (a grandson of Calimehtar, brother of Rómendacil II Minalcar) besiege him in Osgiliath. The city is burnt and the master-palantír lost into the Anduin (1437). Eldacar flees to Rhovanion. Castamir declares himself the Twenty-second King. Ornendil son of Eldacar is executed. After ten years Eldacar raises an army and returns (1447). Eldacar slays Castamir. Castamir's sons flee to Pelargir, and from there (along with many other rebels) to Umbar.

1490
Aldamir, Twenth-third King of Gondor. He was the second son of Eldacar.

1540
Hyarmendacil II Vinyarion, Twenty-fourth King of Gondor.
Aldamir is slain in battle with the Haradrim and the Corsairs of Umbar.

1589
Argeleb II, Tenth King of Arthedain.

1551
Hyarmendacil II defeats the Haradrim.

1601
Many Periannath migrate from Bree, and are granted land beyond Baranduin by Argeleb II.
Foundation of the Shire.
Argeleb II grants lands west of the Baranduin to the Periannath. Many of them (led by the Fallohide brothers, Marcho and Blanco) migrate west from Bree to settle those lands, which they called the Shire.

1621
Minardil, Twenty-fifth King of Gondor.
The Steward of Gondor during the reigns of Kings Minardil and Telemnar was Húrin, from whom all later Stewards were descended.

c. 1630
Stoors from Dunland migrate north to the Shire.

1634
Telemnar, Twenty-sixth King of Gondor.
Minardil is slain when the Corsairs of Umbar, led by Angamaitë and Sangahyando (great-grandsons of Castamir) ravage Pelargir. Upon taking the throne, Telemnar immediately begins fitting out a fleet to destroy Umbar - but the Plague ends his plans.

1636
The Great Plague:
It began in Rhovanion in the winter of 1635. Half the people and horses of Rhovanion perished.
In Gondor, many people perish, especially in the cities. Calenardhon is significantly depopulated. Telemnar and all his children die. He was succeeded by his nephew Tarondor, the son of Minastan, the second son of Minardil. The White Tree dies in Minas Anor.
The Plague desolates much of Eriador, although its effects lessened as it moved north-west. Even so, the Shire Periannath suffer great loss.
Tarondor, Twenty-seventh King of Gondor.

1640
Tarondor moves the King's House from Osgiliath to Minas Arnor, and plants a seedling of the White Tree. Osgiliath begins to fall into ruin. The guarding of Mordor ends.

1670
Arvegil, Eleventh King of Arthedain.

1731
Birth of Durin IV, King of Durin's Folk, King of Moria.

1743
Arveleg II, Twelfth King of Arthedain.

1798
Telumehtar Umbardacil, Twenty-eighth King of Gondor.

1810
Telumehtar retakes Umbar, and drives out the Corsairs.

1813
Araval, Thirteenth King of Arthedain.

1850
Narmacil II, Twenty-ninth King of Gondor.

1851
With assistance from Lindon and Imladris, Araval of Arthedain defeats Angmar. He seeks to reoccupy northern Cardolan, but evil wights terrify all who seek to dwell near.
The attacks on Gondor by the Wainriders begin.

1856
Narmacil II falls in battle.
Calimehtar, Thirtieth King of Gondor.
The Battle of the Plains:
Narmacil II leads an army north and meets the the Wainriders in battle on the plains south of Mirkwood. With him is an army of Northmen of Rhovanion led by Marhari (a descendant of Vidugavia). Narmacil is defeated, both he and Marhari fall. Gondor loses its eastern territories. Eastern and southern Rhovanion are enslaved by the Wainriders. Some Northmen flee north and merge with the people of Dale. Others, led by Marhwini (son of Marhari), settled in the Vale of the Anduin between the Carrock and the Gladden - this is the begining of the Éothéod.
The Nazgûl re-enter Morder.

1879
Birth of Pelendur, Steward to King Ondoher of Gondor.

1891
Araphant, Fourteenth King of Arthedain.

1899
Calimehtar defeats the Wainriders on the Dagorlad.

1900
Calimehtar builds the White Tower in Minas Arnor.

1936
Ondoher, Thirty-first King of Gondor. He had two sons, Artamir and Faramir, and a daughter, Fíriel.
The Steward of Gondor during the reigns of Kings Ondoher and Eärnil II was Pelendur.

1940
Arnor and Gondor renew communication and forge an alliance. Arvedui, heir to the throne of Arthedain, marries Fíriel, daughter of King Ondoher of Gondor.

1944
The Wainriders reappear and attack Gondor in great numbers, they forge an alliance with men from Khand and the Near Harad. Gondor is thus assailed from the north and the south. Ondoher and both his sons fall in battle north of Morannon. The Wainriders pour into North Ithilien.
However, Eärnil, Captain of the Southern Army defeats the southern invaders in South Ithilien. He turns north, gathers up the remnants of the Nothern Army, and destroys the Wainriders camped in North Ithilien.
Arvedui claims the throne of Gondor.

1945
Eärnil II, Thirty-second King of Gondor.
Arvedui's claim is rejected and the crown is given to Eärnil (son of Siriondil, son of Calimmacil, son of Narmacil II).

1950
Birth of Imrazôr, father of Galador, first Prince of Dol Amroth.

1964
Arvedui, Fifteenth King of Arthedain.

1974-1975
The End of the Northern Kingdom:
The Witch-king overruns Arthedain and takes Fornost (1974). Arvedui is shipwrecked in the Bay of Forochel, the palantíri of Annúminas and Amon Sûl are lost with him. Eärnur, son of King Eärnil of Gondor, brings a fleet to Lindon. The Witch-King is defeated in the Battle of Fornost, and is pursued to the Ettenmoors. He vanishes from the North (1975).

1976
Aranarth, son of Arvedui, First Chieftain of the Dúnedain.
The heirlooms of Arnor are given to Elrond for safe-keeping.

1977
Frumgar leads the Éothéod north to the region around the source of the Anduin.

1979
Bucca of the Marish, First Thain of the Shire.

1980
Náin I, King of Durin's Folk, King of Moria.
The Dwarves awaken a Balrog in Moria, it slays Durin IV.
The Witch-king enters Mordor and gathers the Nazgûl.

1981
The Dwarves flee Moria after the Balrog slays Náin I.
Thráin I, King of Durin's Folk, King Under the Mountain.
Many Elves flee Lórien. Amroth, King of Lórien, is lost at sea.
Mithrellas, a companion of Nimrodel (the beloved of Amroth) is lost in the woods of Belfalas and is taken in by Imrazôr, a Dúnadan of the area. They wed, and Mithrellas bears a son (Galador) and a daughter (Gilmith). After a few years Mithrellas vanishes.

1998
Vorondil, Steward of Gondor.

1999
Thráin I moves to Erebor and founds the Kingdom under the Mountain.

2000-2002
Fall of Minas Ithil.
The Nazgûl issue for Mordor and beseige it (2000). It falls, and its palantír is captured (2002). Henceforth it is known as Minas Morgul.

2043
Eärnur, Thirty-third King of Gondor.
He is challenged by the Witch-king to single combat. He renames Minas Anor to Minas Tirith.

2024
Galador, First Prince of Dol Amroth.

2029
Mardil Voronwë, Steward of Gondor.

2050
Eärnur rides to Minas Morgul to accept the challenge of the Witch-king, he does not return. As no undisputed claimant to the throne can be found, the Stewards took the rule of Gondor.
Mardil Voronwë, First Ruling Steward of Gondor.

2063
Mithrandir goes to Dol Guldor, Sauron retreats into the East.
The Watchful Peace begins. The Nazgûl remain quiet in Minas Morgul.

2080
Eradan, Second Ruling Steward of Gondor.

2106
Arahel, Second Chieftan of the Dúnedain.

2190
Thorin I, King of Durin's Folk, King Under the Mountain.

2116
Herion, Third Ruling Steward of Gondor.

2129
Second Prince of Dol Amroth. His name is not recorded.

2148
Belegorn, Fourth Ruling Steward of Gondor.

2177
Aranuir, Third Chieftan of the Dúnedain.

2203
Third Prince of Dol Amroth. His name is not recorded.

2204
Húrin I, Fifth Ruling Steward of Gondor.

2210
Thorin I leaves Erebor and moves north to the Ered Mithrin, where most of the remnants of Durin's Folk are now gathering.

2244
Túrin I, Sixth Ruling Steward of Gondor.

2247
Aravir, Fourth Chieftan of the Dúnedain.

2254
Fourth Prince of Dol Amroth. His name is not recorded.

2278
Hador, Seventh Ruling Steward of Gondor.
The last recorded man of Gondor to reach 150 years of age.

2289
Glóin, King of Durin's Folk.

2299
Fifth Prince of Dol Amroth. His name is not recorded.

2319
Aragorn I, Fifth Chieftan of the Dúnedain.

2327
Aragorn I is slain by wolves. Araglas, Sixth Chieftan of the Dúnedain.

2340
Isumbras I, Thirteenth Thain of the Shire. First Thain of the Took line.
The Oldbucks cross the Baranduin and occupy Buckland.

2348
Sixth Prince of Dol Amroth. His name is not recorded.

2385
Óin, King of Durin's Folk.

2395
Barahir, Eighth Ruling Steward of Gondor.

2400
Seventh Prince of Dol Amroth. His name is not recorded.

2412
Dior, Ninth Ruling Steward of Gondor.
He was childless, and was succeeded by Denethor, the son of his sister Rían.

2435
Denethor I, Tenth Ruling Steward of Gondor.

2455
Arahad I, Seventh Chieftan of the Dúnedain.

2458
Eighth Prince of Dol Amroth. His name is not recorded.

2460
Sauron returns to Dol Guldor. The Watchful Peace ends.

The second part of the History of the Third Age is contained within another Timeline.