Third Age 2978
Notable events in this year include:
- Birth of Boromir, son of Steward Denethor II of Gondor and Finduilas.
- Birth of Théodred, only child and son of King Théoden of Rohan and Elfhild.
- Death of Elfhild, wife of Théoden.
- Birth of Folco Boffin, son of Vigo Boffin.
 Calculation of the Dates for Théodred and Elfhild
In Appendix A it is stated that Éomund, father of Éomer and Éowyn, died in T.A. 3002. His wife Théodwyn, the beloved sister of King Théoden, died soon after. The king took in his sister's children for he only had one child, Théodred, who in 3002 was 24 years old and thus was born in 2978. It is also stated that Théoden's wife Elfhild died in childbirth.