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The Third Age - Part Two

This timeline continues the history of the Third Age. It begins with the forming of the White Council and ends with Gollum's release from Mordor and Gandalf's visit to Minas Tirith and the reading of the scroll of Isildur. The history of the War of the Ring is contained in the next timeline.

The Annals Of The Middle-earth Part Two, The Third Age of the Sun 2463 to 3417

The White Council is formed.
Around this time Déagol the Stoor retrieves the One Ring from the water at the Gladden Fields. He is promptly murdered by Sméagol, who takes the Ring. Sméagol is later given the name Gollum.

c. 2470
Gollum moves to the Misty Mountains.

Orcs from Mordor attack Ithilien and capture Osgiliath. Boromir, son of Denethor I, defeats them and drives them from Ithilien. Osgiliath is ruined and its bridge broken.

Boromir, Eleventh Ruling Steward of Gondor.

c. 2480
Orcs begin to make stongholds in the Misty Mountains and Sauron begins to populate Moria with his own creatures.

Náin II, King of Durin's Folk.

Cirion, Twelvth Ruling Steward of Gondor.

Ninth Prince of Dol Amroth. His name is not recorded.

Celebrían, wife of Elrond, whilst travelling to Lórien, is captured by Orcs and receives a poisoned wound. She is subsequently rescued by her sons, and healed by Elrond. But she wearies of Middle-earth.

Eorl the Young wins the victory of the Field of Celebrant. The Rohirrim settle in Calenardhon.
Foundation of the Kingdom of Rohan. Eorl the Young, First King of Rohan.
Celebrían departs Middle-earth into the West.

Aragost, Eighth Chieftan of the Dúnedain.

Tenth Prince of Dol Amroth. His name is not recorded.

Eorl falls in battle on the Wold.
Brego, Second King of Rohan.

Hallas, Thirteenth Ruling Steward of Gondor.

Brego completes building Meduseld. At the feast Baldor his son vows to enter the Paths of the Dead. He does not return.

Brego dies of grief following the loss of Baldor.
Aldor the Old, Third King of Rohan. Aldor was the second son of Brego.
About this time Dragons reappear in the far North and begin to afflict the Dwarves.

Eleventh Prince of Dol Amroth. His name is not recorded.

Dáin I, King of Durin's Folk. He had three sons: Thrór, Frór and Grór

Aravorn, Ninth Chieftan of the Dúnedain.

Dáin I and his second son, Frór, are slain by a dragon.
Thrór, King of Durin's Folk, King Under the Mountain.

Thrór returns to Erebor, whilst his brother Grór goes to the Iron Hills.

Húrin II, Fourteenth Ruling Steward of Gondor.

Twelfth Prince of Dol Amroth. His name is not recorded.

Belecthor I, Fifteenth Ruling Steward of Gondor.

Fréa, Fourth King of Rohan.

Arahad II, Tenth Chieftan of the Dúnedain.

Orodreth, Sixteenth Ruling Steward of Gondor.

Frëawine, Fifth King of Rohan.

Thirteenth Prince of Dol Amroth. His name is not recorded.

c. 2670
Tobold Hornblower a Perian of the Southfarthing of the Shire grows the first pipe-weed (sweet galenas) in his garden.

Goldwine, Sixth King of Rohan.

Isengrim II, Twenty-second Thain of the Shire.
Tenth Thain of the Took line, he begins excavating the Great Smials.

Ecthelion I, Seventh Ruling Steward of Gondor. He was childless, and was succeeded by Egalmoth, the grandson of Morwen, sister of Steward Orodreth.

Ecthelion I rebuilds the White Tower in Minas Tirith.
Egalmoth, Eighteenth Ruling Steward of Gondor.

Déor, Seventh King of Rohan.

Fourteenth Prince of Dol Amroth. His name is not recorded.

The Dunlendings occupy Angrenost and cannot be removed.

Gram, Eighth King of Rohan.

Arassuil, Eleventh Chieftan of the Dúnedain.

Isumbras III, Twenty-third Thain of the Shire. Eleventh Thain of the Took line.

Fifteenth Prince of Dol Amroth. His name is not recorded.

Orcs renew their invasions of Eriador.

Helm Hammerhand, Ninth King of Rohan.

Beren, Ninteenth Ruling Steward of Gondor.

Sixteenth Prince of Dol Amroth. His name is not recorded.
The Fifteenth Prince is slain by the Corsairs of Umbar, in an unrecorded conflict.

The Battle of Green Fields: Bandobras Took defeats on Orc-band that invades the Shire from the North.

The Long Winter:
Gondor is attacked by fleets of the Corsairs of Umbar, some land as far north as the mouth of the Angren (2758). Rohan is attacked from the east and the west (2758). From the east by Easterlings. From the west by the Dunlendings, led by Wulf and assisted by the Corsairs. Helm retreats to Aglarond and is beseiged. Edoras falls to the Dunlendings and Wulf declares himself King. Helm's son Haleth falls defending Edoras. Helm perishes at Aglarond. The winter breaks (2759). Fréaláf (son of Hild, Helm's sister) regains Edoras and kills Wulf. Gondor sends aid to Rohan by the roads both east and west of the Ered Nimrais. The Easterlings and the Dunlendings are driven out (even from Angrenost).
Due to the winter, there is great loss of life among the Shire Periannath, Mithrandir comes to their aid.

Fréaláf Hildeson, Tenth King of Rohan.
Curunír receives the keys of Orthanc from Steward Beren of Gondor. He attends the coronation of Fréaláf, and soon after takes up residence in Angrenost.
Ferumbras II, Twenty-fourth Thain of the Shire. Twelfth Thain of the Took line.

Beregond, Twentieth Ruling Steward of Gondor.

Smaug the winged dragon invades Erebor. Thrór escapes with his son, Thráin, and grandson, Thorin. They flee south eventually settle in Dunland. Dale is destroyed, and Girion, its Lord, is slain.

Arathorn I, Twelfth Chieftan of the Dúnedain.

Thráin II, King of Durin's Folk.
Thrór enters the East Gate of Moria and is slain by Azog, an Orc chieftan.
The Dwarves gather for a war of vengeance.
Birth of Gerontius, later known as the Old Took.

The War of the Dwarves and the Orcs.

Brytta, Eleventh King of Rohan.

Seventeenth Prince of Dol Amroth. His name is not recorded.
The Sixteenth Prince is slain in an unrecorded battle, probably related to the Orcs' attempts to occupy the Ered Nimrais.
Battle of Nanduhirion before the East-gate of Moria. Dáin Ironfoot returns to the Iron Hills. Thráin II and his son Thorin wander westwards. They settle in the South of Ered Luin beyond the Shire (2802).

Orcs, driven from the Misty Mountains by the Dwarves, trouble Rohan as they attempt to establish themselves in the Ered Nimrais.

Fortinbras I, Twenty-fifth Thain of the Shire. Thirteenth Thain of the Took line.

Thráin II settles in the south of the Ered Luin.

Belecthor II, Twenty-first Ruling Steward of Gondor.

Thráin II sets out to revisit Erebor, but is pursued by the servants of Sauron.

Walda, Twelfth King of Rohan.

Thráin II is captured by servants of Sauron and imprisoned in Dol Guldor, Sauron takes the last of the Seven Rings from him.

Argonui, Thirteenth Chieftan of the Dúnedain.
Gerontius I 'The Old Took', Twenty-sixth Thain of the Shire. Fourteenth Thain of the Took line.

Thorin II Oakenshield, King of Durin's Folk, King Under the Mountain.
Mithrandir returns to Dol Guldor, and discovers that its master is Sauron. He finds Thráin II and is given the key of Erebor. Thráin II dies.

Folca, Thirteenth King of Rohan.
Walda is trapped and slain by Orcs whilst riding mountain-paths from Dunharrow.
The White Council meets. Gandalf urges an attack on Dol Guldor. Saruman overrules him and begins to search for the One Ring around the Gladden Fields.

Belecthor II of Gondor dies. The White Tree dies, and no seedling can be found. The Dead Tree is left standing.

Eighteenth Prince of Dol Amroth. His name is not recorded.

Folca dies from tusk-wounds received whilst slaying the great boar of Everholt in the Firien Wood.
Folcwine, Fourteenth King of Rohan. He had three sons: Folcred and Fastred (twins) and Fengel.

Thorondir, Twenty-second Ruling Steward of Gondor.

Túrin II, Twenty-third Ruling Steward of Gondor.

Stirred up by emissaries of Sauron, the Haradrim cross the Poros and attack Gondor. Gondor appeals to Rohan for assistance. King Folcwine sends a force commanded by Folcred and Fastred, his twin sons. They fall in battle in Ithilien. Steward Túrin II sends Folcwine a rich wergild of gold.

Birth of Bilbo Baggins, one of the Bearers of the One Ring.

Aglahad, Nineteenth Prince of Dol Amroth.

Most of the remaining inhabitants of Ithilien desert it owing to the attacks of Uruks of Mordor.
The secret refuge of Henneth Annûn is established in Ithilien.

Fengel, Fifteenth King of Rohan.
He had two daughters and a son, Thengel. Owing to strife with his father Thengel left Rohan when he came to manhood and lived long in Gondor, and won honor in the service of Steward Turgon.

Birth of Gilraen mother of Aragorn II.

The Fell Winter. The Baranduin and other northern rivers freeze. White wolves invade Eriador from the North.

Arador, Fourteenth Chieftan of the Dúnedain.
Great floods devastate Enedwaith and Minhiriath, Tharbad is ruined and deserted.

Turgon, Twenty-fourth Ruling Steward of Gondor.

Isengrim III, Twenty-seventh Thain of the Shire. Fifteenth Thain of the Took line, he died childless and was succeded by his brother Isumbras IV.

Arathorn, son of Arador (Chieftan of the Dúnedain) marries Gilraen.

Arador is slain by trolls in the mountains north of Imladris.
Arathorn II, Fifteenth Chieftan of the Dúnedain.
Isumbras IV, Twenty-eigth Thain of the Shire. Sixteenth Thain of the Took line.
Birth of Denethor II son of Ecthelion II in Minas Tirith.

Birth of Aragorn II on March 1st, Sixteenth Chieftan of the Dúnedain, later King Elessar of Arnor and Gondor, one of the Nine Companions of the Ring.

Angelimir, Twentieth Prince of Dol Amroth.

Arathorn II dies in battle with Orcs. Gilraen his wife takes their son, Aragorn II, to Imladris. Elrond receives him as foster-son and gives him the name Estel (Hope); but his true identity is hidden from him until he reaches 20 years of age.

Fortinbras II, Twenty-ninth Thain of the Shire. Seventeenth Thain of the Took line.
Saruman discovers that Sauron's servants are searching the Anduin near Gladden Fields, and that Sauron therefore has learned of Isildur's end. He is alarmed, but says nothing to the Council.

Dáin II Ironfoot, King of Durin's Folk, King Under the Mountain.
The Quest of Erebor:
Thorin II and thirteen companions (including Bilbo Baggins), guided by Mithrandir, set out for Erebor. In the west of Eriador they find the ancient swords Glamdring and Orcrist. Mithrandir takes Glamdring, and Thorin Orcrist. While crossing the Misty Mountains they are attacked and seperated. Bilbo Baggins flees into the depths and there finds the One Ring (which had abandoned Gollum). Bilbo meets Gollum, but escapes with the Ring. Reunited, the Quest reaches Erebor and arouses Smaug - who attacks Esgaroth and is shot by Bard (heir of Girion, Lord of Dale). Thorin II delares himself King Under the Mountain. Thranduil and Bard march to the gates of Erebor to seek a share of the treasure. Thorin sends to the Iron Hills for reinforcements from his kinsman Dáin Ironfoot. Bolg, son of Azog, leads an orkish host down from the Misty Mountains. The Battle of the Five Armies. Thorin II falls, as do his sister-sons Fíli and Kíli. Bolg is slain by Beorn. Thorin, who died childless, is succeded by Dáin.

The White Council attack Dol Guldor. Sauron, as long planned, abandons it and removes to Mordor.

Bilbo returns to the Shire with the Ring. Sauron returns in secret to Mordor.

Thengel of Rohan marries Morwen of Lossarnach. In Gondor, she bares him two daughters and a son, Théoden.

Bard rebuilds Dale and becomes King. Gollum leaves the Mountains and begins his search for the thief of the Ring.

Théoden son of Thengel. King of Rohan, born.

Gandalf and Balin visit Bilbo in the Shire.

Finduilas, daughter of Adrahil of Dol Amroth, born.

Aragorn II, Sixteenth Chieftan of the Dúnedain.
Elrond reveals to Aragorn II his true name and identity, and gives him the shards of Narsil and the Ring of Barahir. He first meets Arwen, daughter of Elrond.
Sauron declares himself openly and begins rebuilding the Barad-dûr. He sends three Nazgûl to reoccupy Dol Guldor.

Ecthelion II, Twenty-fifth Ruling Steward of Gondor.
Thengel, Sixteenth King of Rohan. He is recalled by Rohan, following the death of Fengel, and returns reluctantly. In Rohan his wife bares two more daughters, the younger is Théodwyn (b. TA 2963).

Last meeting of the White Council. They debate the Rings. Saruman feigns that he has discovered that the One Ring has passed down Anduin to the Sea. Saruman withdraws to Isengard, which he takes as his own, and fortifies it Being jealous and afraid of Gandalf he sets spies to watch all his movements; and notes his interest in the Shire. He soon begins to keep agents in Bree and the Southfarthing.

Orodruin bursts into flame. The last inhabitants of Ithilien flee over the Anduin.

Aragorn meets Gandalf and their friendship begins.

Aragorn II travels widely and, as "Thorongil", serves both Thengel of Rohan and Steward Ecthelion II of Gondor.

Birth of Frodo Baggins, one of the Nine Companions of the Ring, and one of the Bearers of the One Ring.

Denethor of Gondor marries Finduilas of Dol Amroth.

Adrahil, Twenty-first Prince of Dol Amroth.
Bain, King of Dale.

Birth of Boromir, elder son of Steward Denethor II of Gondor, one of the Nine Companions of the Ring.

Théoden, Seventeenth King of Rohan.
Aragorn II and Arwen plight their troth in Lórien upon the hill of Cerin Amroth, he gives her the Ring of Barahir.
Ferumbras III, Thirtieth Thain of the Shire. Eighteenth Thain of the Took line, he never married and was succeded by his cousin Paladin II.
About this time Gollum reaches the confines of Mordor and becomes acquainted with Shelob.

Birth of Samwise Gamgee, one of the Nine Companions of the Ring.

Birth of Meriadoc Brandybuck. Later Master of Buckland. One of the Nine Companions of the Ring.

Birth of Faramir, younger son of Steward Denethor II of Gondor.

Denethor II, Twenty-sixth Ruling Steward of Gondor.

Finduilas dies young.

Balin leads a company of Dwarves from Erebor to Moria, in an attempt to reoccupy it.

Birth of Peregrin Took. One of the Nine Companions of the Ring.

Éomer Éomund's son born in Rohan.

Balin is slain, and Moria’s colony destroyed.

Éowyn sister of Éomer born.

c. 3000
The shadow of Mordor lengthens. Saruman dares to use the _palantír _of Orthanc, but becomes ensnared by Sauron, who has the Ithil Stone. He becomes a traitor to the Council. His spies report that the Shire is being closely guarded by the Rangers.

Bilbo Baggins passes the One Ring to Frodo Baggins and departs the Shire. He settles in Imladris the following year.
Gandalf suspects the ring to be the One Ring. The guard on the Shire is doubled. Gandalf seeks for news of Gollum and calls on the help of Aragorn.

Bilbo becomes a guest of Elrond, and settles in Rivendell.

Gandalf visits Frodo in the Shire and does so at intervals during the next four years.

Brand son of Bain becomes King in Dale. Death of Gilraen.

In the autumn Gandalf pays his last visit to Frodo.

Gandalf and Aragorn renew their hunt for Gollum at intervals during the next eight years, searching in the vales of Anduin, Mirkwood, and Rhovanion to the confines of Mordor.
At some time during these years Gollum himself ventured into Mordor, and was captured by Sauron.
Elrond sends for Arwen. and she returns to Imladris; the Mountains and all lands eastward are becoming dangerous.

Imrahil, Twenty-second Prince of Dol Amroth.

Paladin II, Thirty-first Thain of the Shire. Nineteenth Thain of the Took line.

Gollum is released from Mordor. He is taken by Aragorn in the Dead Marshes, and brought to Thranduil in Mirkwood.
Gandalf visits Minas Tirith and reads the scroll of Isildur.

The history of the War of the Ring is contained in the next timeline.