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Talk:Third Age 3018

[edit] Capture of Gollum

According to Third Age 3017 Aragorn captured Gollum the previous year. Which article is wrong, or do we have an inconsistency here? Sage 22:40, 10 November 2016 (UTC)

The Hunt for the Ring in the Unfinished Tales with the year 3018 is an older text than The Tale of Years (Appendix B of the LotR) with the year 3017. It seems that Tolkien changed the chronology. According to Hammond and Scull (see Reader's Companion, pp. 717-718) Tolkien probably thought that more time was needed between the capture of Gollum and the arrival of Gandalf in Hobbiton (12 April, 3018); H&S also suppose that Tolkien probably wanted to begin the section "Great Years" of The Tale of Years with a happening that is directly related to the story of The Lord of the Rings, that is, the arrival of Gandalf to Hobbiton in the spring of 3018. So, the earlier chronology (3017) should be considered the "latest word" of Tolkien. --Tik 17:52, 11 November 2016 (UTC)
Thank you Tik. I am taking the liberty to move these references to 3017; keeping the same dates, though. Sage 21:07, 11 November 2016 (UTC)