|The History of Arda|
| Years of the Lamps|
Years of the Trees
|Years of the Sun|
| First Age|
|Timeline of Arda|
This age was characterized by the rise and decline of the exiled Númenorean kingdoms, the slow recovery of Sauron's power, and, also known as the Fading Years, the waning of the Elves.
It lasted for 3021 years, until Sauron was again defeated, this time finally, when his Ruling Ring was destroyed. When Elrond and the Three Rings left Middle-earth for the Uttermost West, the Fourth Age began.
Major events of the Third Age
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