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Timeline of the Hobbit
Timeline of the history of Middle-earth
A geospatial timeline and chronology of events in Tolkien's works, including the Hobbit, the Lord of the Rings and the Silmarillion. Click on events to show them on the map.
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FOURTH AGE
0172 - A copy of the Red Book of Westmarch is made by Findegil, the King's Writer.
0121 - Arwen Undómiel dies in Lothlórien.
0120 - Aragorn Elessar, High King of the Reunited Kingdom, dies at the age of 210 years.
0091 - Dwalin dies at the age of 340 years.
0062 - Samwise Gamgee entrusts the Red Book with Elanor and leaves the Shire to sail West never to be seen in Middle-Earth again.
T.A. 3019
December
November
03 - Battle of Bywater and death of Saruman. This marks the end of the War of the Ring.
02 - The four Hobbits come to Bywater and rouse the Shire-folk.
01 - Frodo, Sam, Pippin and Merry are arrested at Frogmorton.
October
05 - Gandalf, Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippin leave Rivendell.
September
22 - Saruman comes to the Shire.
August
15 - Treebeard releases Saruman from Orthanc.
10 - Funeral of Théoden is held outside Edoras
July
15 - Arwen offers Frodo her place to sail into the West.
June
25 - Aragorn II finds the sapling of the White Tree.
May
27 - The Escort of Arwen leaves Lothlórien.
20 - Arwen and Elrond come to Lothlórien where they will stay for one week before continuing their journey to Minas Tirith.
01 - Coronation of King Aragorn Elessar.
01 - Elrond and Arwen set out from Rivendell.
April
06 - The meeting of Celeborn and Thranduil takes place in the midst of Mirkwood.
March
28 - Celeborn crosses the river Anduin and leads an attack on Dol Guldur. Galadriel throws down its walls.
25 - Frodo and Samwise reach the Sammath Naur, the ring is destroyed, and Sauron defeated.
24 - Frodo and Samwise travel the last distance to Mount Doom.
23 - Frodo and Sam decide to leave their arms and gear behind.
23 - Aragorn dismisses the faint-hearted among the Host of the West and commands them to to liberate Cair Andros.
22 - The Army of the West marches towards the Black Gate.
21 - Frodo and Samwise continue their journey to Mount Doom along the road to Barad-dûr.
20 - Faramir and Éowyn meet in the Houses of Healing.
17 - Battle of Dale takes place where both King Brand and King Dain Ironfoot die.
17 - Shagrat is slain after bringing Frodo's cloak, mithril shirt and sword to Barad-dûr.
16 - The Last Debate is held outside Minas Tirith and it is decided that they shall muster an army and fight against Sauron.
15 - The Witch King breaks the gates of Minas Tirith.
15 - Denethor tries to burn himself and Faramir on a pyre. Faramir is rescued.
15 - King Théoden of Rohan dies on Pelennor Fields, mortally wounded by the Witch King.
13 - Frodo is stabbed by Shelob and subsequently captured by the Orcs of Cirith Ungol.
13 - Aragorn captures the Umbar fleet at Pelargir.
13 - Denethor looks into the Palantír for the last time, confronting Sauron.
09 - Gandalf and Pippin reach Minas Tirith.
09 - Faramir leaves Henneth Annûn for Cair Andros.
08 - Frodo and Sam leave Faramir at Henneth Annûn with Gollum as their guide.
08 - Gandalf and Pippin travel along the White Mountains towards Minas Tirith.
08 - Aragorn takes the Paths of the Dead at daybreak reaching the Stone of Erech at midnight.
05 - Théoden, Gandalf and company reach Isengard and parley with Saruman. Saruman's staff is broken.
03 - Battle of the Hornburg.
02 - Frodo, Sam and Gollum finally reach the end of the Dead Marshes.
February
29 - Merry and Pippin escape the Orcs and Uruk-hai and meet Treebeard.
29 - The Rohirrim led by Éomer destroy the Orcs at sunrise.
27 - The Three Hunters find Pippin's brooch on the west-cliff of Emyn Muil at sunrise.
26 - The breaking of the Fellowship of the Ring. Merry and Pippin are captured by Orcs from the North, Mordor and Isengard. Boromir is slain trying to protect them.
25 - First Battle of the Fords of Isen during which Théodred son of Théoden is slain.
25 - The Fellowship passes the Argonath.
17 - Gwaihir bears Gandalf to Lothlórien.
16 - The Fellowship leave Lothlórien. Gollum observes their departure.
15 - Frodo is shown The Mirror of Galadriel.
15 - Gandalf returns to life.
January
25 - Gandalf casts down the Balrog from the peak of Celebdil, and passes away afterwards.
17 - The Company arrives to Caras Galadhon in the evening.
15 - Gandalf falls from the Bridge of Khazad-Dûm with the balrog "Durin's Bane".
15 - The Fellowship reaches river Nimrodel and meets the elves Haldir, Rúmil and Orophin.
13 - The Fellowship is attacked by Wolves in the early hours of the day.
13 - The Fellowship reaches the West-gate of Moria at nightfall.
11 - The Fellowship of the Ring tries to cross the Pass of Caradhras.
08 - The Fellowship reaches Hollin.
T.A. 3018
December
25 - The Fellowship of the Ring leaves Rivendell.
18 - The members of the Fellowship of the Ring are chosen.
November
October
25 - Council of Elrond held in Imladris
18 - Gandalf reaches Rivendell from the North and sends Shadowfax back to Rohan.
13 - The four Hobbits and Aragorn cross the Last Bridge and find the beryl left by Glorfindel.
06 - The four Hobbits and Aragorn reach Weathertop at noon. Their camp is raided by the Black Riders at night and Frodo is stabbed with a Morgul Blade by the Witch King.
03 - Gandalf arrives at Weathertop and leave a marked stone for Aragorn. Gandalf is attacked by the Black Riders at night.
02 - Together with Strider the four Hobbits travel through the Midgewater Marshes.
September
29 - Frodo and his companions reach Bree at night and stay at the Prancing Pony.
29 - Gandalf visits the Gaffer (Hamfast Gamgee).
28 - The Hobbits are captured by a Barrow-wight.
28 - Gandalf reaches Sarn Ford.
27 - Gandalf crosses River Greyflood.
27 - The Hobbits spend a second night at Toms house because of the rain. Frodo wears the Ring for the first time.
26 - The four Hobbits encounter the evil tree Old Man Willow and are rescued by Tom Bombadil. They spend the night at Toms house.
26 - Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippin enter the Old Forest leaving Fredegar Bolger behind to impersonate Frodo.
25 - The hobbits come to Maggot's Estates in the afternoon.
25 - Frodo, Sam and Pippin reach Crickhollow in the night and the conspiracy is unmasked.
24 - Gandalf crosses the River Isen.
24 - The Hobbits encounter the Nazgûl near Woody End but the chanting of approaching elves scare them away. The Hobbits meet Gildor and the High Elves and camp with them during the night.
23 - One of the Black Riders comes to Hobbiton at nightfall.
23 - Frodo sets out for Crickhollow along with Sam and Pippin.
23 - Gandalf leaves Rohan after taming Shadowfax.
22 - The Black Riders reach Sarn Ford and drive off the Rangers guarding it.
22 - Gandalf overtakes Shadowfax.
22 - Birthday of Frodo Baggins. Merry and Fredegar leave for Crickhollow with a cart of Frodo's belongings.
21 - Gandalf meets Shadowfax but the horse does not allow him to come near.
20 - Gandalf gains entrance to Edoras and warns Theoden of Saruman. Theoden refuses to listen and sends Gandalf away.
19 - Gandalf arrives at Edoras but is denied entrance.
18 - The Black Riders cross the Fords of Isen.
18 - Gandalf is rescued by Gwaihir from the top of Orthanc in the early hours.
August
18 - Frodo announces his plans to leave Hobbiton.
July
10 - Gandalf imprisoned in Orthanc by Saruman.
04 - Boromir sets out from Minas Tirith.
June
20 - Sauron launch an attack on Osgiliath.
20 - Thranduil is attacked in Mirkwood and Gollum escapes.
May
April
12 - Gandalf reaches Hobbiton.
March
February
January
THIRD AGE
2954 - Orodruin re-awakens.
2953 - Last meeting of the White Council.
2951 - Sauron reveals himself in Mordor and starts to rebuild Barad-dûr.
2942 - Sauron returns to Mordor.
2942 - Bilbo Baggins returns to Bag End after the Quest of Erebor
2941 - Battle of Five Armies is fought.Thorin Oakenshield, Fíli and Kíli are slain. Beorn kills Bolg son of Azog.
2941 - Smaug launches and attack on Esgaroth and is killed by Bard the Bowman.
2941 - Thorin and the company arrive in Lake-town.
2941 - Bilbo meets Gollum under the Misty Mountains and finds the One Ring.
2941 - Thorin Oakenshield meets with Gandalf at the Prancing Pony in Bree. They agree on setting out on the Quest of Erebor.
2770 - Destruction of Dale and Erebor by the dragon Smaug.
2670 - Tobold Hornblower plants Pipe-weed
2460 - Sauron returns to Dol Guldur, The Watchful Peace ends.
1999 - Erebor founded and the Arkenstone is discovered.
1980 - The Balrog Durin's Bane is awakened by the Dwarves of Moria killing Durin VI. The Nazgûl return to Mordor.
1975 - Kingdom of Angmar is destroyed in the Battle of Fornost.
1601 - Creation of the Shire; the count of years in Shire Reckoning begins with year 1.
1448 - The Sons of Castamir the Usurper and most of the fleet of Gondor flee south and seizes Umbar.
1447 - Battle of the Crossings of Erui and the Siege of Pelargir. Castamir is killed and Gondor reclaimed by Eldacar.
1437 - Castamir the Usurper usurps the throne of Gondor.
1409 - The Witch-king of Angmar invades Arnor.
1300 - Nazgûl reappear in Middle-earth and the realm of Angmar is founded by the Witch-King.
1000 - The Istari arrive to Middle-earth around this time.
0933 - Haven of Umbar is taken by Eärnil I.
0541 - Easterlings invade Gondor for the second time and slay King Rómendacil.
0490 - Easterlings invade Gondor.
0003 - Ohtar brings Shards of Narsil to Imladris.
0002 - Death of Isildur in the Battle of the Gladden Fields. The One Ring is lost in the Gladden river.
SECOND AGE
3441 - Defeat of Sauron and death of Gil-galad and Elendil.
3434 - Battle of Dagorlad and the Siege of Barad-dûr.
3430 - The Last Alliance is formed.
3429 - Sauron takes Minas Ithil and burnes the White Tree.
3320 - Elendil and his sons, Isildur and Anárion, found Gondor and Arnor.
3319 - Downfall of Númenor.
3310 - Ar-Pharazôn begins building the Great Armament, advised by Sauron.
3262 - Sauron is taken to Númenor as prisoner. He begins corupting the Númenóreans.
1700 - The Númenóreans defeat Sauron.
1697 - Eregion destroyed. Elrond found Rivendell.
1693 - The Three Rings are hidden and the War of the Elves and Sauron begins.
1600 - Sauron forges The One Ring and openly proclaims himself.
1500 - The Rings of Power are constructed.
1200 - Sauron is turned away by Gil-galad in Lindon.
1050 - Sauron begins the construction of Barad-dûr.
0750 - The Noldor found the realm of Eregion and begin the construction of Ost-in-Edhil.
0500 - Sauron arises again in Middle-earth.
0040 - Many Dwarves living in the runined cities Belegost and Nogrod migrate to Khazad-dûm.
0032 - The Edain and a few Drúedain reach Númenor and Elros is crowned first King of Númenor.
FIRST AGE
0590 - Morgoth is cast into the Void.
0587 - The War of Wrath ends. Morgoth is defeated and most parts of Belerian has sunk into the sea.
0545 - The host of the Valar arrives in Beleriand and the War of Wrath begins.
0542 - Eärendil and Elwing arrive in Valinor and ask the Valar for aid the fight against Morgoth.
0534 - Eärendil begins his great voyages in the search for Valinor.
0510 - Fall of Gondolin.
0509 - Maeglin is captured by Morgoth's spies and betrays Gondolin.
0499 - Túrin slays Glaurung. Deaths of Túrin and Níniel.
0498 - Turambar and Níniel marry unaware that they are siblings.
0495 - Fall of Nargothrond. Tuor arrives to Gondolin.
0484 - Túrin flees from Doriath after slaying Saeros and joins the outlaws.
0473 - Havens of the Falas are besieged and captured.
0472 - Nírnaeth Arnoediad, The Battle of Unnumbered Tears, is fought.
0467 - Lúthien dies of grief and pleads with Mandos. Beren and Lúthien returns to life as mortals.
0466 - Beren and Lúthien come to Angband and take a Silmaril from the crown of Morgoth. Beren is slain by Carcharoth.
0465 - Beren sets out on the Quest for the Silmaril. Finrod and Beren are imprisoned in Tol-in-Gaurhoth; Finrod is slain by a werewolf and Beren is rescued by Lúthien.
0464 - Birth of Túrin Turambar in Gwaeron. Beren departs Dorthonion for Doriath and meet Lúthien.
0456 - Fingolfin challenges Morgoth to single combat and is slain.
0455 - Morgoth breaks the Siege of Angband in Dagor Bragollach.
0320 - The Edain begin migrating from Estolad to Dorthonion, Hithlum and Talath Dirnen.
0310 - The First House of the Edain, led by Bëor, enter into Beleriand and are discovered by Finrod.
0260 - Glaurung is defeated and driven back to Angband. The Long Peace begins.
0155 - Orcs launch an attack on Hithlum but are defeated by Fingolfin's forces.
0116 - Gondolin completed.
0102 - Nargothrond completed.
0067 - Thingol learns of the Kinslaying and bans Quenya in Beleriand.
0064 - Turgon moves his people from Nevrast to the hidden valley Tumladen and begins building Gondolin.
0060 - Dagor Aglareb, the Glorious Battle, is fought and the Siege of Angband begins.
0052 - Finrod begins the construction of Nargothrond.
0050 - Turgon and Finrod recieve a dream by Ulmo to look for hidden places as a refuge from Morgoth.
0020 - The Feast of Mereth Aderthad is held at Eithel Ivrin.
0005 - Fingon rescues Maedhros from Thangorodrim. The feud between the Noldor is healed and Fingolfin becomes High King of the Noldor.
0001 - Men awake in Hildórien.
YEARS OF THE TREES
1500 - Creation of the Moon and the Sun.
1497 - Melkor returns to Angband, and tries to take Beleriand. First Battle of Beleriand is fought during which Denethor is slain. The Noldor return to Middle-earth. Dagor-nuin-Giliath is fought,Fëanor is slain and Maedhros is taken captive by Morgoth.
1496 - The Noldor are banished from Valinor.
1495 - Fëanor and Fingolfil reconcile at Taniquetil. Melkor and Ungoliant destroy the Two Trees, kill Finwë and steal the Silmarils from Formenos. Noldor swears an oath to regain the Silmarils and depart from Valinor after killing many Teleri for their swanships in the First Kinslaying.
1490 - Fëanor is banished from Tirion by the Valar after threatening Fingolfin with his sword. He is followed by his father Finwë and many of the Noldor.
1450 - Fëanor completes the construction of the Silmarils and puts the Light of the Trees in them.
1400 - Morgoth is released from the Halls of Mandos and begins befriending the Noldor.
1362 - Galadriel born.
1350 - The Nandor into Beleriand by Denethor who befriends Thingol.
1300 - Construction of the Halls of Menegroth in Doriath begins. Daeron creates the Certhas Daeron.
1250 - The Sindar meet Dwarves of Nogrod and Belegost. Fëanor creates the Tengwar.
1190 - Fingolfin born.
1169 - Birth of Fëanor. Rúmil of Tirion invents writing, the Sarati.
1162 - The Teleri of Tol Eressëa learn the art of ship-building from Ossë and come to Aman. They found the city of Alqualondë with the help of Finwë.
1152 - Elwë awakens from the trance and settles in Doriath with the Sindar elves. He decomes known as Thingol.
1150 - Olwë and the majority of the Teleri leave Beleriand on Tol Eressëa. The island is anchored in the Bay of Eldamar.
1149 - Ulmo returns to bring the Teleri but find many wish to stay behind. Ossë persuades some Elves to stay, among them Círdan, and teaches them shipcraft.
1142 - The White Tree, Galathilion, is given to the Noldor by Yavanna.
1140 - Tirion is finished and Mindon Eldaliéva founded. Many Vanyar led by Ingwë leave to dwell with Manwë in Valinor.
1133 - The Vanyar and Noldor settle in Eldamar and begin building Tirion on the hill Túna inside Calacirya.
1132 - Ulmo brings the island Tol Eressëa to the Bay of Balar and the Vanyar and Noldor are ferried across to Aman. The Teleri stay behind to look for Elwë.
1130 - Elwë meets the Maia Melian in Nan Elmoth and is entranced.
1128 - The unwilling Teleri arrive in Beleriand.
1125 - The Vanyar and Noldor enter Beleriand.
1115 - Second Sundering of the Elves. The Elves reach the great river, later called Anduin, and a group of Teleri go south led by Lenwë.
1105 - First Sundering of the Elves. The Elves who have answered the summon depart for Aman.
1104 - Ingwë, Finwë and Elwë return to Cuiviénen and convince many Elves to accept the summons of the Valar.
1102 - Oromë invites three ambassadors of the Elves to Valinor: Ingwë, Finwë and Elwë.
1101 - The Valar decide to summon the Elves to dwell in Aman and send Oromë as a messenger.
1100 - Melkor is brought back to Valinor in chains and imprisoned in the Halls of Mandos.
1099 - Melkor is captured and Utumno destroyed. Sauron escapes capture and continue to dwell in Angband.
1092 - The Valar begin the Siege of Utumno.
1090 - The Valar march to war against Melkor in the War for Sake of the Elves.
1086 - Oromë returns to Valinor and informs the other Valar of the Elves.
1085 - Oromë discovers the Elves and calls them Eldar.
1050 - Awakening of the Elves in Cuiviénen.