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- All dates in this section are approximate. Calculated Sun years for the Years of the Lamps and the Trees are rounded to the nearest year.[Note 1]
|Years of the Lamps|
|Valian Year||Calculated Sun Years||Event|
|Ainulindalë: The Valar, Maiar, and Melkor enter Eä.|
|1–1499||1-14,363||The First War and the Marring of Arda.|
|1500||14,373||Tulkas enters Eä and Melkor flees.|
|1900||18,206||The completion of Arda. The Valar create the Two Lamps and settle at Almaren. Beginning of the Spring of Arda.|
|3400||32,579|| Tulkas weds Nessa.|
Melkor secretly returns to Arda, raises the Iron Mountains and delves Utumno, and partly blights the Spring of Arda.
|3450||33,058||Melkor overthrows the Two Lamps forming Helcar and Ringil. Almaren is destroyed. In order to preserve life on the earth, Yavanna sets most living things into a long sleep. End of the Spring of Arda.|
|3450–3500||33,058-33,537||The Valar raise the Pelóri and settle in Aman. The Two Trees are grown in Valinor.|
|Years of the Trees|
|Year of the Trees||Calculated Sun Years||Event|
|Pre-1000||Pre-9582||Melkor sleeps in Utumno. Oromë hunts throughout Middle-earth. Melkor raises the Hithaeglir to hinder his efforts.|
|????||????||About some time before the waking of the Elves, Aulë creates the 7 Fathers of the Dwarves and their 6 spouses. Ilúvatar adopts them and they are put to sleep.|
|1000||9582||The Valar hold council, for Yavanna and Oromë report that Melkor might rise once more in power. They discuss the Children of Ilúvatar. Varda begins to fashion new stars, and organize them and those already wrought into constellations, over the next fifty years.|
|1050||10,061||Varda forms the Valacirca. The first 144 Elves (Minyar, Tatyar, and Nelyar) awake in Cuiviénen. Melian travels to Beleriand after ascending Taniquetil to see the stars.|
|????||????||Spies of Melkor discover the Elves and afflict them. Possibly Orcs first created.|
|1085||10,396||Oromë discovers the Elves, and calls them Eldar. The Eldar are afraid of Oromë, and blame him for Melkor's work.|
|1086||10,406||Oromë returns to Valinor, and witnesses to his peers about the Children of Ilúvatar. Oromë returns to the Elves while the Valar consider his message.|
|1090||10,444||Valar make war on Melkor in the War for Sake of the Elves. The earth is shaken. The shores of Beleriand are formed and bays are created on the North. Over the next two years Melkor is defeated, and retreats into Utumno.|
|1092||10,464||The Siege of Utumno begins. North is desolated and the Sea widened.|
|1099||10,530||The Siege of Utumno ends, as the Valar storm the final defenses. Balrogs attack and Manwë slays them. Tulkas captures Melkor, binding him with Angainor. Sauron evades capture.|
|1100||10,540|| Melkor is brought back to Valinor, judged and cast into Mandos.|
|1101||10,550||Valar make council about the protection of Eruhíni and decide to bring them to Valinor. Oromë Invites the Elves.|
|1102||10,559||Elves are unwilling so Oromë invites the three Elven ambassadors, Ingwë, Finwë and Elwë to come to Valinor.|
|1104||10,579||Ambassadors return to Cuiviénen and invite the Elves to return with them to Valinor.|
|1105||10,588|| First Sundering of the Elves at Cuiviénen. Vanyar under Ingwë, Noldor under Finwë and Teleri under Elwë and Olwë. Avari, under Morwë and Nurwë, stay in Cuiviénen.|
The Eldar depart, pass Sea of Helcar and turn west. Some are terrified by the smokes of war and go back.
|1115||10,684||Second Sundering of the Elves: The host pass Greenwood the Great and come to the River Anduin. Some Lindar wish to stay there. Terrified by the Hithaeglir, a part of them go south led by Lenwë.|
|1125||10,780||Vanyar and Noldor enter Beleriand; the foremost of them pass Sirion and reach the shores. Oromë goes to Aman for counsel.|
|1128||10,808||The unwilling Teleri also come to Beleriand and dwell east of Gelion. Elwë keeps friendship with Finwë and Noldor on the west.|
|1130||10,828||Elwë returning from a meeting with Finwë meets Melian in Nan Elmoth and falls into a trance.|
|1132||10,847|| Ulmo brings an island to the Bay of Balar. The Vanyar and Noldor forget their fear for the Sea and embark upon it while the Teleri look for Elwë.|
When departing, the island breaks and leaves the Isle of Balar behind.
|1133||10,856||Vanyar and Noldor enter Valinor and build Eldamar. The Valar open the rift Calacirya in Pelóri so that the Light of Valinor reaches Eldamar. The Elves begin the building of Tirion on the hill Túna inside Calacirya.|
|1140||10,923||Vanyar and Noldor found Tirion and Mindon Eldaliéva. Some Vanyar yearn for the Trees and go closer to Valinor.|
|1142||10,943||White Tree given to Noldor by Yavanna.|
|1149||11,010|| Finwë prays to Ulmo to bring the Teleri. However Ossë is grieved and persuades some to stay with him. Círdan with some establish the havens of Brithombar and Eglarest. Ossë teaches them shipcraft.|
|1150||11,019||Olwë and the most part of the Teleri leave Beleriand. The rest of the Teleri are still looking for Elwë and are named Eglath.|
|1151||11,029|| Tol Eressëa with the Teleri stops moving outside the Bay of Eldamar. They are afterwards named Falmari who choose to remain on Tol Eressëa.|
|1152||11,038||Elwë awakens from the trance and becomes King of Elves in Beleriand; his hair is now silver.|
|1161||11,125||The Falmari after the teachings of Ossë build ships. They leave Tol Eressëa and come to Valinor.|
|1162||11,134||Teleri found Alqualondë with the help of Finwë.|
|1165||11,163||All the Vanyar depart from Tirion to Taniquetil and Noldor stay with the Falmari.|
|1169||11,201||Birth of Fëanor son of Finwë and Míriel. The Noldor are taught by Aulë labouring and love the jewels. Rúmil of Tirion makes the Sarati and possibly writes the Ainulindalë.|
|1170||11,211|| Death of Míriel Serindë.|
|1172||11,230|| Doom of Manwë.|
|1185||11,355|| Finwë weds Indis.|
|1190||11,403|| Birth of Fingolfin.|
|1200||11,498||Second Age of Chaining of Melkor: Lúthien born in Neldoreth.|
|1230||11,786|| Birth of Finarfin.|
|1250||11,978|| Fëanor creates the Tengwar.|
Dwarves enter Beleriand and meet the Sindar.
|1280||12,265|| Finarfin weds Eärwen.|
|1300||12,457|| Third Age of Chaining of Melkor: births of Turgon and Finrod.|
Dwarves of Belegost and Elves begin the building of Menegroth in Doriath. The Dwarves are paid with knowledge from Melian and with many pearls, including Nimphelos. Daeron creates the Certhas Daeron.
|1330||12,744||Orcs first seen in Beleriand; Dwarves make weapons for the Sindar.|
|1350||12,936||Denethor leads some of the Nandor into Beleriand and befriends Thingol. They settle in Ossiriand. Daeron betters the Cirth, which are adopted by the Dwarves and made known east of the Blue Mountains.|
|1362||13,051|| Births of Galadriel and Aredhel.|
|1400||13,415|| Melkor released from bondage.|
|1410||13,511|| Melkor befriends the Noldor.|
|1449||13,884|| Fëanor having invented the substance Silima begins constructing the Silmarils,|
|1450||13,894|| Fëanor completes the Silmarils; he puts the Light of the Trees in them and Varda hallows them.|
For the next 20 years Melkor begins spreading strife and talking about weapons.
|1490||14,277||The Valar summon Fëanor who threatens Fingolfin with his sword. They exile him to Formenos and Finwë follows.|
|1492||14,296||Melkor visits Fëanor but he repels him. Finwë then warns the Valar and begins to pursue Melkor. Melkor hides and meets Ungoliant in Avathar.|
|1495||14,325|| Fëanor is commanded by Manwë to Taniquetil where he and Fingolfin reconcile. Ungoliant destroys the Two Trees, Morgoth kills Finwë in Formenos and steals the Silmarils. They flee to Beleriand where they debate. Balrogs arrive and drive Ungoliant away. Morgoth stays in Angband and raises the Thangorodrim.|
Fëanor begins the rebellion and goes to Alqualondë where he fights with the Falmari and steals their swanships. The Flight of the Noldor begins.
|1496||14,335||Mandos (or his messenger) appears before the Noldor and speaks the Doom of Mandos. Finarfin with some repent and return to Valinor where he is accepted. Finrod his son becomes the leader of his house and follows Fëanor.|
|1497||14,344|| First Battle of Beleriand. Death of Denethor, besiegement of the Havens of the Falas. Thingol withdraws his people and the Girdle of Melian is set around Doriath. The Laiquendi from now on remain hidden and take no other king.
The Noldor arrive at Helcaraxë, but Fëanor and his people betray Fingolfin and sail to Beleriand. Burning of the ships at Losgar. Dagor-nuin-Giliath ("Battle-under-Stars"). Fëanor is mortally wounded by Gothmog and is rescued by his sons before dying in sight of the Thangorodrim. Maedhros meets with Morgoth under a false truce, his forces are too few and he is captured.
|1498||14,354||Maedhros is chained to the Thangorodrim. The Noldor do not depart as demanded by Morgoth and instead make a great camp at Mithrim.|
|1500||14,373||Creation of Moon and Sun. The host of the Noldor finishes crossing the Helcaraxë and enters Beleriand under Fingolfin. Battle of the Lammoth and death of Argon. The Moon rises and after seven times, the Sun follows.|
- See: Timeline/First Age
 The Second Age
- See: Timeline/Second Age
- See: Timeline/Third Age
 The Fourth Age
- See: Timeline/Fourth Age