Isildur slain at the Gladden Fields. The One Ring is lost in Anduin.
Ohtar, Isildur’s squire, reaches Rivendell with the shards of Narsil.
Wedding of Elrond and Celebrían.
Birth of the twins Elladan and Elrohir.
Birth of Arwen Evenstar.
Birth of Melethron.
Birth of Annundril.
Arrival of the Istari in Middle-earth.
Sauron begins to take a new form.
Birth of Maegnar.
A shadow falls on Greenwood the Great, and it begins to be called Mirkwood.
The Harfoots cross the Misty Mountains and settle in Eriador.
The first stirrings of Sauron are felt again in Middle-earth, though they are thought at this time to signal the return of a Nazgûl.
The Hobbits of the Fallohide and Stoor strains wander west across the Misty Mountains.
Likely date of the construction of the Argonath
Birth of Rhiannon
The Hobbits travel westwards. Some reach the Bree-land and settle there.
The Nazgûl reappear in Middle-earth. Angmar is founded in the far north.
A group of Stoors migrate back eastward across the Misty Mountains, and settle in the Vales of Anduin.
The Witch-king of Angmar invades the northern kingdoms.
The foundation of the Shire, and the beginning of the Shire-reckoning.
The year of the Great Plague, and the appearance of the Barrow-wights in the Barrow-downs.
Seat of the King of Gondor moved from Osgiliath to Minas Anor. The decay of Osgiliath begins.
Birth of Durin VI, later King of Durin’s Folk in Khazad-dûm.
The forces of Angmar capture Fornost; the remnant of the North-kingdom is destroyed.
Arvedui, last of the Kings of Arthedain, is drowned in the Icebay of Forochel.
Eärnur of Gondor brings a fleet to the north. Too late to save the North-kingdom, he avenges its loss at the Battle of Fornost. Angmar is destroyed.
The Chieftainship of the Dúnedain is established by Aranarth son of Arvedui.
The Dwarves of Moria unleash Durin’s Bane. King Durin VI is slain by it.
Return of the Nazgûl to Mordor.
Náin I is slain. The last remaining Dwarves flee from Durin’s Bane in Khazad-dûm.
Galadriel and Celeborn become rulers of Lothlorien following the departure of its lord, Amroth.
Maegnar leaves Edhellond.
After years of wandering, the exiles of Khazad-dûm found Erebor.
The Nazgûl emerge from Mordor and assault Minas Ithil.
Capture of Minas Ithil by the Nazgûl. It is renamed Minas Morgul, and Minas Anor is also renamed Minas Tirth, the Tower of Guard.
Eärnur, the last King of Gondor, is lost. The Stewards now rule in the King’s name.
Beginning to suspect that the power in Dol Guldur may be Sauron, Gandalf goes there. Sauron withdraws into the east, and the time known as the Watchful Peace begins.
Attack on the Refuge of Edhelion.
Estimated birth date of Sméagol, later called Gollum.
The Watchful Peace comes to an end with Sauron’s return out of the east.
Formation of the Council of the Wise.
Sméagol finds the One Ring.
Mordor launches a sudden attack on Osgiliath, finally ruining the long-decaying city and breaking its bridge.
Sauron sends orcs and trolls to infest the Misty Mountains and cut off their passes, and to occupy the ruins of Moria.
Departure of Elrond’s spouse Celebrían into the West.
The Rohirrim ride to the aid of Gondor and are victorious in the Battle of the Field of Celebrant. They are given the land of Calenardhon (Rohan) to dwell in, and Eorl the Young becomes its first King.
Introduction of pipe-weed to the Shire by Tobold Hornblower of Longbottom.
Birth of Thorin, later called Oakenshield, son of King Thráin II.
The Battle of Greenfields is fought in the Northfarthing of the Shire.
Saruman is given the Keys of Orthanc by Steward Beren.
Beginning of Rhiannon’s 100 year silence.
Smaug descends on Erebor, destroying it and the neighbouring town of Dale.
Thrór is slain in Moria by Azog. His son Thráin succeeds as King of Durin’s Folk.
To avenge his father’s death, Thráin II leads the Dwarves against the Orcs: the War of the Dwarves and Orcs begins.
The Battle of Azanulbizar. The War of the Dwarves and Orcs ends with the death of Azog.
Death of Nok’s father at the Battle of Azanulbizar.
Dwarves led by Thráin II and Thorin Oakenshield settle in the Blue Mountains
Thráin II sets out from the Blue Mountains, seeking to return to Erebor.
Thráin is captured by Sauron, who thus recovers the last of the Seven Rings of the Dwarves. Unaware of his father’s fate, Thráin’s son Thorin becomes King of Durin’s Folk.
Gandalf enters Dol Guldur once again and discovers Thráin II imprisoned there. Thráin dies soon afterwards, but not before giving Gandalf a map and key.
The White Council discover proof that the Necromancer of Dol Guldur is Sauron returned. Gandalf urges an immediate attack, but Saruman rejects this.
The second White Tree of Minas Tirith dies, and is left standing as the Dead Tree.
Nok leaves the Iron Hills.
Rhiannon’s silence comes to an end.
Nok returns to the Iron Hills having learned gemcraft from the elves.
Birth of Gimli, later called Elf-friend.
Birth of Bilbo Baggins in the Shire.
Birth of Hrethmund.
Birth of Aragorn II Elessar.
Death of Aragorn’s father Arathorn II. Aragorn is fostered by Elrond at Rivendell under the name Estel.
Expulsion of the Necromancer from Dol Guldur by the White Council.
Bilbo Baggins finds the One Ring beneath the Misty Mountains.
Bard the Bowman slays the Dragon Smaug.
The Battle of Five Armies. Thorin Oakenshield is slain, and his cousin Dáin Ironfoot becomes King of Durin’s Folk
Death of Nok’s son
Return of Sauron to Mordor
Return of Bilbo Baggins to the Shire
Bard completes the rebuilding of Dale, and is made its King.
Gollum sets out from the Misty Mountains in search of his lost Precious.
Birth of Théoden, later King of Rohan
Rebuilding of Barad-dûr begins.
The Nazgûl are sent to reclaim Dol Guldur.
Elrond reveals Aragorn’s ancestry to him. The first meeting of Aragorn and Arwen, in the woods of Rivendell.
The last meeting of the White Council.
Mount Doom erupts, causing the last remaining people of Ithilien to flee across the Anduin.
Birth of Rose Brownleaf
Aragorn enters the service of Thengel of Rohan, under the alias of Thorongil.
Birth of Goban
Birth of Frodo Baggins in the Shire.
Betrothal of Rhiannon to Firdir
Death of Bard the Bowman.
Birth of Boromir, son of Denethor
Rhiannon’s family leaves for Grey Havens. Betrothal broken.
‘Thorongil’ (Aragorn) leaves the service of Gondor and travels into the east. He later comes to Lórien, where he meets Arwen again, and the two become betrothed.
Birth of Samwise Gamgee.
Gollum first encounters Shelob in the Ephel Dúath on Mordor’s western border.
Birth of Raiff
Birth of Meriadoc Brandybuck, later Master of Buckland.
Birth of Faramir, second son of Denethor II.
Death of Steward Ecthelion II. He is succeeded by his son, who rules as Denethor II.
Formation of TSM by the four founders
Birth of Berryl
Balin begins his ill-fated attempt to recolonise Moria.
Adoption of Frodo Baggins as Bilbo’s heir.
Three of the four founders of TSM killed. Rose takes control.
Birth of Peregrin Took.
Rhiannon joins TSM
Birth of Éomer, later King of Rohan
Balin’s attempt to recolonise Moria ends in disaster. Balin himself, and the Dwarves of his company, are all slain.
Birth of Éowyn in Rohan.
Birth of Beolaf
Birth of Foxglove
Saruman uses the Orthanc-stone for the first time. He comes under the power of Sauron, and abandons his allegiance to the White Council.
Bilbo Baggins’ Birthday Party and farewell feast.
Beginning to suspect that Bilbo’s Magic Ring may be Sauron’s One Ring, Gandalf and Aragorn begin to search for Gollum.
Annundril expelled from Lothlorien
Théoden begins to fall ill, and his counsellor Gríma begins to gain power over the King.
Gandalf travels to Minas Tirith, and there discovers the Scroll of Isildur.
Gollum is released after several years captive in Mordor. He is soon located and captured by Aragorn, who takes him north to the Woodland Realm.
Gandalf returns to the Shire to warn Frodo about the Ring
Sauron’s forces attack eastern Gondor and Thranduil’s kingdom in Mirkwood. The War of the Ring begins.
Saruman imprisons Gandalf on the pinnacle of Orthanc.
Gwaihir rescues Gandalf from Orthanc.
The Black Riders cross the Fords of Isen.
Black Riders reach the Shire.
Frodo sets out from Bag-End
The hobbits meet Tom Bombadil and Goldberry.
The hobbits are rescued from the Barrow Wights by Bombadil
Frodo and his companions reach the Prancing Pony in Bree. They meet Strider.
Gandalf reaches Hobitton and finds Frodo gone.
Black Riders raid Bree in the early hours.
Aragorn leads the hobbits and Bill the Pony into the wild
Gandalf reaches Bree at night.
Gandalf is attacked on Weathertop by Black Riders
Black Riders wound Frodo with a Morgul knife beneath Weathertop.
Gandalf reaches Rivendell from the north.
Aragorn and the hobbits encounter Gorfindel.
The Black Riders are swept away at the Ford of Bruinen. Frodo reaches Rivendell.
The Council of Elrond.
The Fellowship set out from Rivendell.
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Gandalf and the Balrog fall from the Bridge of Khazad-dum
Gandalf casts Durins Bane from the peak of Zirakzigil.
The Fellowship in Lothlorien.